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Cards Rodgers-Cromartie could return to practice after ankle injury

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was taken off the practice field on a cart after he sprained his right ankle on Tuesday.

Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters on Wednesday that Rodgers-Cromartie had some swelling in the ankle, but was seen moving around during the team's walk-through during the morning. His availability is still in question, though Whisenhunt was optimistic that top draft pick should be available for practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Rodgers-Cromartie rolled his right ankle during drills halfway through practice and did not return to the field.

The Cardinals drafted the speedy 6-foot-2, 182-pounder with the 16th overall pick.

Rodgers-Cromartie is expected to push for playing time in the defensive backfield this season and worked with the starting unit several times the past two weeks when starting cornerbacks Eric Green (personal reasons) and Rod Hood (foot) missed practice.

He also is working with the first unit on special teams.

Rodgers-Cromartie was a four-year starter and two-time all-American at Tennessee State.

He had 11 interceptions during his collegiate career, four of which he returned for touchdowns.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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