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Cardinals' Wells Injures Ankle

Monday, August 3, 2009

Arizona Cardinals rookie tailback Beanie Wells suffered a sprained right ankle Saturday, Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Sunday.

An MRI exam showed that the injury isn't severe but it's not clear when Wells will resume practicing, according to Whisenhunt.

"At this point it doesn't appear serious, which is obviously good news," Whisenhunt said, according to the Cardinals' Web site. "In terms of missing time, it's tough to say now but we should have a better idea in the coming days."

Wells was hurt Saturday in his first practice after signing his contract and was taken from the field on a cart. Reports initially had indicated that Wells appeared to injure his left ankle, but Whisenhunt said the injury is to Wells's right ankle.

Wells was practicing with the third-string offense Saturday, with Tim Hightower working with the starters and Jason Wright with the second-teamers. However, Wells is expected to have a key offensive role for the defending NFC champions this season, providing he is healthy.

The Cardinals chose him with the 31st overall pick in the NFL draft in April and there are carries to be had, given that the club released veteran running back Edgerrin James in the offseason.

Wells had just signed a five-year contract worth approximately $9 million. The deal includes $6.345 million guaranteed and has a maximum overall value, including incentives and escalators, of about $11.8 million.

Panthers Might Not Rule Out Vick

Panthers Coach John Fox didn't completely dismiss the possibility Sunday of the team signing recently reinstated quarterback Michael Vick. But Fox also said the Panthers are "comfortable" with their current set of quarterbacks.

"We're pretty set at quarterback," Fox said, according to the Charlotte Observer. "We like the guys we have. I wouldn't want to rule anything in or out, but we feel comfortable with where we are."

Harvin, Vikings Agree

Rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin has agreed to a five-year contract with the Vikings.

Harvin was en route to the team's training camp and was to arrive in time for an afternoon practice Sunday, according to the Vikings' Web site.

He was the 22nd overall selection in the NFL draft in April.

Harvin missed the Vikings' first four practices of training camp.

Brown, Colts Have Deal

The Colts have completed a contract agreement with rookie tailback Donald Brown. The team announced the deal on Sunday.

Indianapolis chose Brown with the 27th overall selection in the NFL draft in April.

The Colts reported to training camp on Sunday and have their first practice scheduled for Monday.

Report: Marshall Limps Off Field

According to the Denver Post, Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall limped off the practice field to the locker room Sunday and appeared to be favoring his left hip. Marshall underwent hip surgery in March.

He is seeking a new contract and requested to be traded during the offseason, but he reported to training camp to avoid being fined by the Broncos.

-- Mark Maske

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