With Beanie Wells prone, clutching his ribs, Hamza Abdullah and the rest of the Cardinals held their collective breath during a Monday (8/9) practice. It was Abdullah that delivered the blow to Wells after the second year running back bounced outside during 11-on-11 drills that were not full contact.
“I just tried to to be in good tackling position and at the last minute, I guess instincts took over,” Abdullah explained. “I didn’t get out of the way…He probably just wasn’t ready for the hit, and I didn’t go into it … my intentions weren’t to hit him and definitely not to hurt him. Prayers go to him and hopefully he is OK,” Abdullah added.
Wells’ injury isn’t thought to be serious, but it was evidently a tense scene as Beanie remained on the ground for several minutes before being carted off. He went for a CT scan, which did not reveal any fractures; he’s listed as day-to-day with sore ribs. It’s unclear how much time Wells will miss, if any. An update from Coach Whisenhunt is expected tomorrow (8/11). Hopefully he doesn’t miss much time because he’s reportedly having a great training camp to this point.
There are injuries during training camp every year, but this summer seems to be a league wide bloodbath, with the Broncos being hit especially hard. Most teams find themselves somewhere between Mike Singletary’s extreme contact training camp and Ken Whisenhunt’s relatively “soft” training camp, but few teams have escaped the injury bug completely; we haven’t even reached the pre-season. Hopefully everyone will stay healthy going forward.