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Beanie Wells placed on IR (Designated to Return), will miss 49ers game

We break down the news that Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells was placed on injured reserve, but will be designated to return. The Cardinals play the 49ers before Wells is allow to return

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News out of Arizona has the Cardinals placing running back Beanie Wells on injured reserve with extreme turf toe. The Cardinals are using the new "designated to return" status, so Beanie will not be lost for the season. He is eligible to play again on November 25, which means he will miss the 49ers-Cardinals game in Glendale on Monday, October 29.

I actually think this could be a boost for the Cardinals. They will now be forced to give Ryan Williams carries, and if he can hold on to the ball, he could prove to be a better running back than Beanie Wells. Williams sat out his rookie season last year with a ruptured patella tendon. He replaced Beanie in the starting lineup last week and rushed 13 times for 83 yards in the Cardinals win over the Eagles.

The Cardinals offensive line still has its issues, but given how Williams looked last week, this could be quite the boon for Arizona. He will get plenty of opportunities to challenge the 49ers defensive front on Monday Night Football in a month.