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Boldin's hamstring OK as he puts in full practice for Cardinals

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Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin practiced Wednesday and didn't have any problems with his hamstring.


TAMPA, Fla. -- Wide receiver Anquan Boldin fully participated in the Arizona Cardinals' Super Bowl practice Wednesday and showed no effects of a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the NFC Divisional Playoff Game three weeks ago.

"He looked good today, and he also looked good late last week," Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Boldin, who returned to play in the NFC Championship Game. "We took a little easier on him early last week just to be safe."

All of Arizona's injured players -- running back J.J. Arrington, punter Ben Graham, linebacker Travis LaBoy and defensive end Antonio Smith -- practiced, although on a limited basis.

The Cardinals conducted a fast-paced practice for 2 hours and 15 minutes at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ facility, and after it was over, as many as 20 players, including quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, hung around to keep working on individual aspects of their game.

"A lot of those guys have been doing that all year, and it's helped us, too," Whisenhunt said of the post-practice period.

Overall, Whisenhunt was pleased with his team's first workout in Tampa.

"It was much better than our normal Wednesday practices because we installed much of our offense and defense last week in Arizona," he said, "so this was more review than working on new stuff like during the regular season."

The Cardinals opened practice, as is their custom, with 20 minutes of walk-through work for both the offense and defense, then did 12 minutes of special-teams work before joining together for team stretching. In the remainder of the drills, the players wore helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.

Most of the team periods lasted between eight to 10 plays. Interestingly, in one passing drill, backup QB Matt Leinart attempted one more throw than Warner. However, in another full team drill, Warner took all the snaps, as he did in the final five-play session.

But the best pass completion of practice might have been third-stringer Brian St. Pierre's sideline throw to rookie Lance Long, a practice-squad player, against the first-team defense.

"We like to keep all of our quarterbacks involved," Whisenhunt said. "It's the only way to keep them sharp, and I think that’s important. Basically, we are trying to keep to the same routine as we possibly can. For the last four weeks, our (practice) tempo has been good as it has been all season."

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