Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin missed practice yet again on Thursday with a hamstring injury, making him a game-time decision for Saturday night in Carolina.
Boldin suffered the injury during a first-half, 71-yard catch-and-run against the Falcons six days ago. He played in one more series but then did not return.
“The issues you have is if he’s able to contribute, then you are going to have to make sure it stays warm and you’re not just getting him one play here and one play there,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday, according to the Arizona Republic.
Boldin realizes the challenge of a receiver playing with a hamstring injury. “If I played any other position, I’d be fine,” Boldin said. “But being a receiver, you’ve got to run every play and that’s doubly tough.”
The Cardinals will need Boldin in order to have a shot at upsetting the second-seeded Panthers. For further analysis of the Cardinals’ chances and our pick for the game, we offer another PFTV segment.
By the way, the current forecast for kickoff in Charlotte is 49 degrees and rain, and that could be trouble for a team that has trouble when not playing in that climate-controlled bubble in Glendale.