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Friday, November 23, 2012 - Page updated at 06:30 p.m.

Running back Beanie Wells returns for Arizona

By The Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. — Beanie Wells will be back in the Arizona Cardinals' backfield on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

The Rams remember him all too well.

The last time Wells faced them, almost a year ago, he rushed for a franchise-record 228 yards in a 23-20 Arizona victory in St. Louis.

With Wells coming back from an injury and the Rams defense greatly improved, no one is expecting anything close to that this time around. But the presence of a healthy Wells is a welcome addition to a team looking to end a six-game losing streak with a rookie quarterback, Ryan Lindley, making his first NFL start.

"I feel great," Wells said. "I'm excited to finally be able to say 'I feel great.' I feel good enough to go out there and do my job at a high level."'

What was described as a "severe turf toe" injury sustained by Wells in Arizona's victory over Philadelphia in week three was the official reason he was placed on the NFL's new injured/designated for return list, but the true benefit was to his right knee, which had not fully recovered after arthroscopic surgery following last season.

"To me it was all for the knee," he said. "My toe, I didn't think it was a big issue. I feel like it was a blessing in disguise that it did happen because it gave me enough time to get my knee back to where it needed to be."

Wells, drafted 31st in the first round after the Cardinals' 2008 Super Bowl season, is coming off his best season, rushing for 1,047 yards in 14 games.


• Cowboys receiver Miles Austin, cornerback Orlando Scandrick and linebacker Bruce Carter left Thursday's game against Washington due to injuries.

Austin strained his right hip and Scandrick hurt his left hand before halftime. Carter injured his left elbow on a fourth-quarter tackle.

• The left cleat of Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh connected with Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in his groin area in their Thanksgiving game.

It wasn't clear on replays whether it was intentional.

"I really don't have anything to say about that play or that person," Schaub said.

Suh was on his chest, taken down by an offensive lineman, when he extended his left foot below Schaub's belt. Suh didn't talk to reporters after the game.

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