Beanie Wells named starting running back for Cardinals

After a year and a half, Beanie Wells has the starting job for the Arizona Cardinals that he has coveted.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced on Friday that Wells will be the starter for Sunday’s game at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He replaces Tim Hightower, who according to Darren Urban of the team’s Web site, lost his third fumble of the season last week in a loss at Seattle.

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

The Cardinals need to lean on their ground game with undrafted rookie free agent Max Hall at quarterback. We’ll see if Wells, the team’s first-round draft pick a year ago, can do a better job of securing the ball. He’s had his own fumbling issues in the past. That would be the quickest thing to lead Whisenhunt back to Hightower.

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