Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin says he has “no doubt” he’ll be able to play in Sunday’s NFC title game and expects to be "real effective."
"I don’t see me having any problems or hindrances," he said. "I just see myself resuming to my regular role.”
Boldin injured a hamstring in the first half of the Cardinals' wild-card win over Arizona and did not play last week against Carolina. He returned to practice on Wednesday on a limited basis.
Boldin said he practiced in “spurts” and that “I tried to keep everything short” to protect his injured left hamstring.
"I don’t want to go into a game not getting enough reps in practice," he said. " As much as they’ll allow me to, I’ll be out there in practice.”
As for how Boldin looked during practice, coach Ken Whisenhunt said: "He looked much better than last week. He got some limited work, so we’ll see how it progresses as the week goes. Obviously, we have to see him do some work this week in practice. Like we said last week, if Q is ready to go, even in a limited role, we would like to have him. If he continues to progress like we think he is, then I have no doubts that he’ll play.”
Boldin said the injury is the residue of a hip injury he suffered last season in a game at Baltimore, an injury he said irritated a number of muscles in the area. But he said that once the current injury heals, he believes the problem shouldn’t recur.
Boldin, noting he didn’t play well in the Cardinals’ blowout loss at Philadelphia on Thanksgiving night, said, “It’s great you get a second chance.”
He was asked whether the way the Cardinals played against the Eagles makes him think they can have success this time.
“Most definitely," he said. "We feel like as an offense, we can move the ball on anyone. As long as we eliminate turnovers, penalties and mistakes, we feel like we can move the ball up and down the field and win.”
Also, defensive end/linebacker Travis LaBoy (ankle) and tight end Ben Patrick (knee) had limited practices.
Check Les Bowen's previous post about Donovan McNabb from his press conference earlier.