Anquan Boldin >>>>> Chuck Norris.A concussion. Two facial fractures. One surgery to install eight plates to fix the fractures and to insert wires to realign his bite. And no pain medication. Not one pill."I don't do pain meds," Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin said Monday. His cheeks still swollen and with wires wrapped around the inside of his mouth, Boldin practiced for the first time Monday since suffering the vicious hit Sept. 28 against the Jets. He then talked with reporters for the first time since undergoing surgery on Oct. 2. "I feel like I'm ready to go," said Boldin, who has missed the past two games. "That's what I've been working toward the past couple weeks, getting back on the field after the bye week, so hopefully it will work out."It hasn't been easy. Boldin lost 10 pounds in the days after the surgery because his diet was limited to "anything you can put in a blender," he said. He moved on to solid foods last week, gained back the weight and started to lift weights and run pass routes.Boldin passed a test last week that cleared him from the concussion, and he is scheduled to meet Tuesday with his surgeon, Dr. Reed Day of Phoenix. The plan is to have the wires removed and the fractures examined. Boldin is hopeful that Day will clear him to practice this week and play Sunday at Carolina. "When I went in last Tuesday, he said it was looking better than he expected," Boldin said. "Hopefully, he'll give me the go-ahead."Day repaired the fractures with eight small plates, performing the surgery by going through Boldin's mouth and into the cheek area. Boldin's upper cheeks remain quite swollen, but it didn't bother him to wear a helmet on Monday. And when he does return, Boldin doesn't expect to wear any extra protection for his face."I don't have any problems with it, like I thought I would," Boldin said of wearing a helmet. "I thought there would be a little pressure."Coach Ken Whisenhunt was impressed by Boldin's quickness in practice Monday and that he had no trouble catching the ball. "What I really liked to see was he just plucked a couple of balls out of the air," Whisenhunt said.The Cardinals won both games without Boldin to improve to 4-2, but no one doubts they are a better team with him than without. Steve Breaston filled in capably for Boldin, whose absence also led to more playing time for receivers Early Doucet and Jerheme Urban. "That's one of the great benefits of having guys step up like they did," Whisenhunt said. "It makes us stronger as a team.Boldin suffered the injuries when he was knocked forward slightly by Jets safety Kerry Rhodes, and then blasted from the front by safety Eric Smith late in the Cardinals' 56-35 loss at Giants Stadium. Smith was suspended for one game and fined $50,000 for the hit, but Boldin holds no grudge."It was just unfortunate but that's kind of been a point of emphasis around the league this year," Boldin said. "But that's football. I don't blame nobody. I chose to play this game and I'll continue to play. That's just a risk you take when you play it."
Anquan Boldin - WR - Cardinals Anquan Boldin had the wires removed from his surgically repaired jaw on Tuesday and participated in Cardinals practice Wednesday. Counting Monday's workout, Boldin's now taken part in consecutive practices and it appears he has been medically cleared. Still, Q is expected to be a game-day decision in Week 8 and will likely be called questionable on Friday. Oct. 22 - 2:18 p.m. ET Source: Arizona Republic
Anquan Boldin - WR - Cardinals Anquan Boldin (jaw, head) is expected to return to the lineup in Week 8 barring setbacks, according to NFL.com's Adam Schefter. It's still worth tracking his practice workloads, as Arizona's beat writers don't seem sure Boldin will return and he could come down to a game-time decision. Whether Q plays a full slate of snaps Sunday is also up in the air.Oct. 22 - 3:40 p.m. ET Source: NFL.com
I agree...let's not get ahead of ourselves with meaningless speculation.btw...it's "effective", not "affective" aboveLots of opinions in this thread about whether he plays or not, and how affective he'll be if in the game.The only thing we know right now is that he practiced today and that he's tough as hell.
Must start? Let's see, coming back from a severe injury and one good shot could set him back, check. Hasn't played a game in about a month, lost 10-15 lbs and regained it back so conditioning may be a concern, check. We don't know how many snaps for sure he'll be out on the field, check.How is he MUST-START fantasy option?cbssportline: No decision yet on Boldin's status: Anquan Boldin butted heads with teammates in practice to test his surgically repaired sinus and jaw on Wednesday. He passed that test, but the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver said after a limited workout that he was uncertain whether he would play Sunday at Carolina. "Everything felt good," Boldin said. "I went out and kind of head-butted some guys to try to see how I feel. I didn't feel any pressure from it, so it felt good for the first day." The Cardinals revealed details of the surgery to repair the damage from a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from New York Jets safety Eric Smith on Sept. 28. Not only was Boldin's sinus fractured, he also had his upper jaw knocked out of place. Doctors had to cut the jaw bone on both sides, then move it back into alignment and secure it with permanent plates. (Updated 10/22/2008). Quarterback Kurt Warner said it looked like Boldin "hadn't missed a beat" Wednesday. "We'll look at how he does this week and how he feels," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I think it's premature to say anything on Wednesday, but I know that it was good to see Anquan running, catching, doing a lot of things in practice. He looks good. We'll see how it goes." Warner said he would be surprised if Boldin wasn't able to play this weekend "but at the same time I think he's going to be smart and make the right decision." Boldin was hit as he went up for Warner's pass in the end zone in the waning seconds of the Cardinals' 56-35 road loss to the Jets. Boldin sat out Arizona's home victories over Buffalo and Dallas, then had the team's bye week to allow further healing. If Boldin is active, he is obviously a must-start Fantasy option. (Updated 10/22/2008).
Anquan Boldin - WR - Cardinals Panthers backup QB Josh McCown, a former Cardinal and friend of Anquan Boldin, said he "promises" that Boldin will be on the field in Week 8. The two have apparently been talking all week. Boldin could remove all doubt if he practices Thursday and Friday. Oct. 23 - 10:30 a.m. ET
Yeah I'm in a return yardage league and intend to start him as my WR3
You are prolly making the right call, Finkle. But then again, this is Q we are talking about.I'm not questioning whether he's going to play, I'm questioning if he's going to: A)do much, or B)last longer than the first time he's tackled and gets whacked on the head.
I'm taking a "show me you're okay" approach this week. Can't afford the zero and would expect that Breaston will still see something whether Boldin goes ape@#!% or not.
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/s...ickley1001.html"When I talked to Anquan, I said, 'So what it is, man? How do you feel? Is it a concussion?' " Irvin said. "He said, 'Yeah. And I've got a fracture (sinus membrane). The doctors told me to take a week off, and then I'm going to come back and give them the dirt. I'm going to give it right back to them.'
Er..what does that mean?You are prolly making the right call, Finkle. But then again, this is Q we are talking about.I'm not questioning whether he's going to play, I'm questioning if he's going to: A)do much, or B)last longer than the first time he's tackled and gets whacked on the head.
I'm taking a "show me you're okay" approach this week. Can't afford the zero and would expect that Breaston will still see something whether Boldin goes ape@#!% or not.http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/s...ickley1001.html"When I talked to Anquan, I said, 'So what it is, man? How do you feel? Is it a concussion?' " Irvin said. "He said, 'Yeah. And I've got a fracture (sinus membrane). The doctors told me to take a week off, and then I'm going to come back and give them the dirt. I'm going to give it right back to them.'
Anquan Boldin - WR - Cardinals Anquan Boldin (face, jaw) participated in most of Cardinals practice Thursday and is considered likely to play in Week 8. Receiving clearance Tuesday was the biggest step for Q and he hasn't had any in-week setbacks. While Boldin will likely be listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, he is expected to be in action Sunday. He's more of a WR3/flex at less than 100% in a tough matchup, but will be worth using.Oct. 23 - 5:15 p.m. ET Source: Arizona Republic
That 10-15 lbs was all the metal they removed from his face.He'll play, and he'll put up great numbers - he's the toughest receiver in the NFL.Verbal Kint said: