Cardinals turn to Wells over Hightower for Bucs on Sunday

Will “Beanie” respond to the call of starting RB against Tampa?

Beanie Wells will get his first career start this Sunday in place of the fumble stricken Tim Hightower. Here’s the full coverage by Darren Urban.

Earlier in the week, coach Ken Whisenhunt said he wasn’t making any announcements about his running back depth chart. That changed Friday, when he announced — not surprisingly — that Beanie Wells will get his first start Sunday against Tampa Bay, replacing Tim Hightower.

Whisenhunt declined to detail the reasons why, but after Hightower lost his third crucial fumble of the season in Seattle last week, Whisenhunt had said Hightower’s playing time could be curtailed.

‘Tim is still going to get carries and be involved in all aspects of the offense,’ Whisenhunt said. ‘He’s not going to just be a third-down back. … But (Beanie starting) is the way we’re going to go.’

Beanie was already getting most of the carries, but with the struggles of rookie quarterback Max Hall, it is assumed the Cards will be leaning heavier on the running game. Wells has made no secret of his desire to get a heavy workload in games.

Beanie’s ascension to the starting job has been long anticipated since he was made the Cards’ No. 1 draft pick in 2009. But he couldn’t get past Hightower, who still supplies the Cards with solid ability catching the ball and pass blocking (and has averaged 5.7 yards a carry this season as well).

I think this is a good move for three reasons. First, Beanie will no doubt be bringing a little something extra to his first career start. Second, Hightower, when given the chance, will definitely try to force Whisenhunt’s hand to give him back his starting job. Finally, it seems like a good idea to mix things up for the offense because things obviously haven’t been going to well on that side of the ball lately. We’ll find out if this moves helps soon enough.

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