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Updated Oct 25, 2011 - 9:50 am

Injury woes continue for Beanie Wells

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells has battled through nagging injuries all season but despite that he is playing the best football of his career.

Wells has faced criticism on his toughness his whole career but he has done a good job quieting those critics this season while playing hurt.

Sunday's game against the Steelers provided further proof that Wells is willing to play through injuries after he said his knee hurt in the first quarter before another hit ultimately knocked him out of the game in the second quarter.

Wells is a tough running back who is willing to play through pain, but is he durable enough to be the number one back carrying the load for an NFL team?

Probably not.

"Beanie Wells needs to run the ball 10-15 times a game only because his body can't handle more than that," Arizona Sports 620's Doug Franz said on the Doug and Wolf Show. "His body will not allow for him to be a workhorse."

Doug and Wolf don't think the Cardinals need to cut ties with Wells in any sense, but it is becoming harder to count on him on a weekly basis.

"It is so difficult to build a football team when a guy's body continues to break down, you have to be accountable and dependable," Ron Wolfley said. "It has nothing to do with his toughness, I just don't think that his body allows him to stay healthy."

When he is healthy, Wells is one of the top running backs in the league, rushing for 423 yards at 4.6 yards a clip and six touchdowns. He is on pace to set career highs in all three categories as well.

But as a coach, how long can you stand not being able to depend on your running back to stay healthy?

"I think the realization is either here, or it has to come at the very next injury, that Beanie Wells does not have an NFL productive body," Wolfley said. "And if you haven't already come to the realization, you need to ask yourself how much longer do you need to give him."


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