Beanie Wells shows toughness by playing through pain

Oct 31, 2011, 7:56 PM | Updated: 10:19 pm

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells has often been
criticized for his lack of toughness and durability, but
Sunday those critics were silenced.

Against the Ravens, Wells played through a knee injury
that he suffered the week before against Pittsburgh. When
the running back suffered the injury many thought he might
be lost for the season.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes Wells showed
perseverance in playing on Sunday, but knows the tailback
isn’t in the clear yet.

“Beanie showed a tremendous amount of toughness [Sunday],”
Whisenhunt said. “The key is going to be on how [the knee]
responds this week, he’s an important part of our offense
so we’re going to do everything we can to make sure he can

Even though Wells is an integral part of the offense,
Whisenhunt said the team is not going to rush him back and
possibly risk further injury.

Although this season has been one to forget for the
Cardinals, Wells is quietly having a very good year.

Wells has rushed for 506 yards this season, a number which
isn’t far off his career high of 793 back in 2009. He also
has seven touchdowns, good enough for third among running
backs in the NFL. Wells also ranks tenth in the league for
rushing yards per game with 84.3.

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