Tag:Tim Hightower
Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:22 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 10:37 pm

Sports agent Paul Lawrence has died

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Contract advisor Paul Lawrence died suddenly today near his home in Everett, Wash., according to a statement released tonight by sports agency Maximum Sports Management.

From Eugene Parker, a partner at the agency:

“We are devastated by today’s news, and our hearts go out to Paul’s family. Paul was an important part of the Maximum family, and all of us will miss him dearly. His ability to work with our athletes and the relationships he built over the past decade has had a direct result in the success of our company. We will miss Paul’s vision and his daily enthusiastic approach in an industry where he has had such a positive effect.”

Some of the athletes Lawrence represented include Arizona’s Adrian Wilson and Tim Hightower, Philadelphia’s Ricky Sapp and St. Louis’ Dorrel Scott.

UPDATED (10:34 p.m.): According to the Sports Business Journal's Liz Mullen, Lawrence was playing basketball nar his home when he died suddenly.

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 3:19 pm

Cardinals unsure if it will be Wells or Hightower

Posted by Andy Benoit

Running back Beanie Wells returned to practice on a limited basis this week after missing all of the Seahawks game with a knee problem. Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt has not decided whether Wells or Tim Hightower will start Sunday against the Chiefs.

Because the quarterback controversy has been so prolific in Arizona this season, it’s been easy to overlook the running back controversy. Wells is presumably the starter if healthy. Problem is, Wells has not been healthy much this season (a knee operation recovery hindered him early in the season).

Tim Hightower has wound up starting seven games and has played in all nine. However, he’s carried the ball only 79 times. Wells has 70 carries but in three fewer games (and just one start).

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 2:27 pm

Beanie Wells is inactive today

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Still struggling with a knee that just won’t stop swelling, Cardinals RB Beanie Wells is officially inactive for today’s game vs. the Seahawks.

He was listed as questionable this week after missing practices Wednesday and Thursday. Last week, Wells did play, but he only got one rush attempt for minus-two yards.

The problems began when he had a bad reaction to an injection two weeks ago that was supposed to add lubrication to his knee joint. Instead, the medicine caused his knee to balloon, and he’s having a tough time managing the swelling.

Wells’ absence, of course, means Tim Hightower will get the bulk of Arizona’s carries today. Which isn’t necessarily a great thing for the Cardinals. Last week, he had 13 carries for 39 yards.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 7:37 pm

Beanie practices Friday, says he'll play

Posted by Will Brinson

Beanie Wells, who just can't seem to stay healthy, um, ever, practiced again Friday and says he'll play on Sunday.

That's according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic who also states that coach Ken Wisenhunt is "optimistic" about Wells playing.

Wells had an allergic reaction while the medical staff was treating his knee (it involves lube, thanks for asking), and that put his status in further jeopardy, but he remains confident he'll play.

The Cardinals have an uphill battle against Minnesota on Sunday, and Wells' physical running style would be a benefit to their offensive attack. (Not to mention his presence gives Tim Hightower less opportunities to fumble.)

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 6:22 pm

Wells will take over Hightower's starting spot

T. Hightower loses a fumble against San Francisco. His fumbling was one reason C. Wells will take over Hightower's starting spot (US Presswire) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Today’s news that Cardinals RB Beanie Wells would start in place of Tim Hightower is not a surprise. While Hightower has averaged 5.7 yards per carry this year, he’s more valuable on passing downs because of his superior blocking ability.

But, with Wells slow to return to 100 percent because of a knee injury, Hightower has found plenty of time to fumble on key possessions. In that time frame, he’s managed to lose three fumbles, while Wells – who’s expressed his displeasure at his role in the offense – has continued to improve on his pass-blocking ability.

All of which means we’re going to see more of Wells as an every-down back and much less of Hightower.

“Tim is still going to get carries and be involved in all aspects of the offense,” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said in quotes recorded by the team’s official website. “He’s not going to just be a third-down back. … But (Beanie starting) is the way we’re going to go.”

Hightower fumbled in the second quarter of last week’s game against the Seahawks, and you didn’t see him much the rest of the game. In fact, he got zero carries the rest of the day. Now, no matter what Whisenhunt says, it wouldn’t be shocking not to see Hightower at all this Sunday.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:17 am

Hot Routes 10.26.10: Math means Morris is right

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- You have to love Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris’ … um … stubbornness in the face of the stats that tell the world that the claims he’s making are completely wrong. From today’s Tampa Tribune: “Even after it was pointed out that the Bucs rank 23rd in the league in total offense and 22nd in the league in total defense (including 31st in the league against the run), Morris refused to alter his claim. ‘Stats are for losers, so you keep looking at stats and we'll keep looking at wins … I mean, you are what your record says you are in this league, and right now we're tied for the fewest losses (in the National Football Conference), so that makes us the best team.’ His logic is flawless.

- Hooray for Patriots SS Brandon Meriweather! He didn’t get in trouble this week with the NFL. That thrills Bill Belichick to no end.

- Chiefs coach Todd Haley has a weird sense of the schedule and where his teams stands in the AFC West. But whatever, because whatever he’s doing is working.

- How many times will Cardinals RB Tim Hightower have to fumble before Ken Whisenhunt replaces him in the starting lineup with Beanie Wells? Apparently, four is a pretty good number. Sounds like Whisenhunt could insert Wells into Hightower’s role.

- Eagles QB Michael Vick is predicting he’ll be 100 percent by the time Philadelphia plays Indianapolis on Nov. 7.

- Speaking of 100 percent, that’s where Jets CB Darrelle Revis says he is right now after fighting through hamstring problems. If you click the link, be prepared for plenty of analogies regarding Revis Island.

- Speaking of Eagles players who are injured, coach Andy Reid said WR DeSean Jackson has passed his concussion test. He also could be ready for the Colts game.

- Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall can NOT believe Bears QB Jay Cutler still would throw his way if their teams met again. “If I had to play Jay Cutler every single week, man, I'd be in the Hall of Fame,” Hall said in his latest bit of trash talking. Turns out, Hall will be in the Hall of Fame. Well, his jersey from last Sunday (when he picked off four passes) will be, at least.

- If you want your hair to look exactly like Troy Polamalu’s locks, I have an easy solution for you. Hair and Shoulders shampoo is not included, though.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 12:42 pm

Wells a go Sunday, 'not in football shape'

Posted by Will Brinson

Beanie Wells' name has been Google'd roughly forty billion times on Sundays this season, and not because he's done anything impressive, either. It's because for the first two weeks of the 2010 season, Wells has been a late scratch from the Cardinals lineup and people want to know what's going on with him.

According to Ken Wisenhunt (via Kent Somers at the Arizona Republic ) , that shouldn't be an issue as Wells is expected to play this weekend.

Of course, it's not all happy sunshine time in Cardinals land. (And how could it be, with Derek Anderson still starting?) QB situation aside, though,  Wisenhunt also said Wells is "not in football shape" and "so to think he's going to get 25, 30 carries, that's not going to happen."

But since the Cards are playing the Raiders, it's entirely possible he could do damage with limited action.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 2:52 pm

Hot Routes 9.20.10 Some box score tidbits

Posted by Andy Benoit

In this week’s 10 Stories That Deserve Your Attention, we focused on how LaDainian Tomlinson appears to be handling a much heavier load than expected for the Jets. This is supposed to be Shonn Greene’s backfield. Well, the man Tomlinson essentially replaced, Thomas Jones, is doing the same thing in Kansas City. Jones carried the ball 22 times against the Browns Sunday (83 yards). Jamaal Charles, who is coming off the bench, had 11 carries (49 yards).

Third-round rookie tight end Tony Moeaki led the Chiefs with five catches for 58 yards.

Ndamukong Sun flashed dominance for the second week in a row. Suh recorded a sack against Michael Vick (he may have gotten away with a facemask on the play) and consistently pushed the interior pocket.

How about these rushing statistics for the Cowboys: Marion Barber 11 carries for 31 yards; Felix Jones 7 carries for 7 yards; Tashard Choice 1 carry for -1 yard. Somehow, you can’t help but think this is Tony Romo’s fault.

Trent Edwards was 11/18 for 102 yards and two picks against the Packers. When Marshawn Lynch ran for 14 yards to end the first quarter, that brought Buffalo’s net yardage on the day back to zero. C. Matthews (US Presswire)

Jermichael Finley has his second career 100-yard game. Expect at least five more this season for the best tight end in the NFC.

Should we just go ahead and vote for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award now? Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had three sacks for the second week in a row. This for a guy who sat out virtually the entire preseason with a hamstring injury.

Actually, we’d better not crown Matthews yet. Mario Williams followed his stellar Week 1 performance with a shimmering outing against the Redskins. Williams recorded three sacks, two tackles for a loss and two pass deflections. It’s safe to say the Texans probably don’t win that game without him.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 145 yards on 28 carries against a fairly-staunch Dolphins D. There wasn’t a cheap yard in the bunch. Peterson put on an absolute show late in the second half, showing his familiar powerful burst and uncanny change-of-direction prowess. However, his show came to an abrupt end on the second to last drive, when the Dolphins kept him out of the end zone on four-straight plays from inside the 10.

Chris Johnson had his streak of 100-yard games snapped at 12 by a Steelers D that has given up just one 100-yard rushing performance in its last 36 outings. Johnson managed just 34 yards on 16 carries. He had an 85-yard touchdown called back because of a Eugene Amano holding penalty (even with nose tackle Casey Hampton out, the Titans center had a rough afternoon).

A week after his impressive return to the NFL, Seahawks wideout Mike Williams had just one catch for seven yards against the Broncos.

Wes Welker and Randy Moss were both held to 38 yards receiving.

The Chargers held Maurice Jones-Drew to 31 yards on 12 carries. Rashad Jennings actually got nine carries, producing 38 yards.

Philip Rivers 334 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and an unofficial 3 screams at his offensive linemen against the Jaguars.

Shawne Merriman got on the field for the first time all season and recorded three tackles.

Tim Hightower was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals. With Beanie Wells still out with a knee injury, the third-year running back carried the entire load Sunday. Hightower rushed for 115 yards on 11 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown scamper in which he showed newfound quickness and acceleration.

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