Beanie Wells lands on IR, but designated for return

Beanie Wells has landed on IR, but he could be back this year.

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Beanie Wells placed on IR

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells was placed on the injured reserve Wednesday but is the team's player designated to return, according to NFL reporter Adam Caplan. That means Wells, who has been limited with turf toe, will be out until at least late November.

Wells has 29 attempts for 76 yards this season.

The decision places the running back duties heavily on backup Ryan Williams, who is playing in his first season out of Virginia Tech after missing his true rookie season because of a knee injury. Williams had a breakout game in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, taking 13 carries for 83 yards in a fine recovery from a late-game fumble one week prior that almost cost Arizona a victory at New England.

Williams has 31 carries for 105 yards this season.

Yesterday's roster moves alluded to Wells' status. Despite having LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell behind Williams on the depth chart, Arizona signed running back Alfonso Smith and fullback Korey Hall.

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Beanie Wells Injury: Cardinals' RB Could Have Turf Toe

As the Arizona Cardinals won their third-straight game to begin the season on Sunday afternoon, the team lost their starting running back. Beanie Wells, who has battled injuries throughout his career since coming to the NFL, left the game with an apparent foot injury. The extent of the injury is yet to be determined, but it is believed he might have suffered a turf toe.

Here is the latest from Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.

If further evaluation does indicate a turf toe, Wells could miss substantial time. These kind of injuries have a tendency to linger over the course of a season, and that's the last thing the Cardinals want.

Once Wells left the field on Sunday, Ryan Williams began taking the majority of the carries.

For more coverage of the Cardinals and Wells' injury, visit Revenge Of The Birds. For more coverage of the Eagles, visit our blog Bleeding Green Nation.

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