Cardinals put Beanie Wells on injured reserve, designated for return

AP

Cardinals running back Beanie Wells has been placed on injured reserve with a toe injury, but the team is still optimistic he can return this season.

The Cardinals’ roster move took advantage of the new rule that allows a player on injured reserve to be designated for return. That means that if Wells is healthy enough, he could be back on the field in eight weeks when the Cardinals play the Rams on November 25.

Wells had a big season last year, his first as a starter, with 245 carries for 1,047 yards. But he has not been particularly effective this year, with just 76 yards on 29 carries.

The Cardinals hope that Wells will be effective and healthy in the second half of the season. And they hope they’re jockeying for a playoff spot when Wells is ready to return.