Cardinals release injury-plagued RB Beanie Wells .
March 12, 2013.
By Associated Press
PHOENIX — The Arizona Cardinals have released running back Beanie Wells after four injury-plagued seasons.
A first-round pick in 2009, Wells showed flashes of the brilliance he had at Ohio State, but has only played one full season — his rookie year.
Wells eclipsed 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in 2011, but was limited to eight games last season due to a turf toe injury. Last season, he ran for 234 yards and eight touchdowns as part of what was the worst offense in the NFL.
The move leaves the team thin at running back, with even more injury-plagued Ryan Williams the main returner. Williams missed all of his rookie 2011 season and most of last season with injuries.
Among the possible targets for the team under newly promoted general manager Steve Keim is Reggie Bush.
Wells has 2,471 yards and 24 touchdowns rushing, with 28 catches for 293 yards in 51 career games. He set a franchise record of 228 yards rushing against the St. Louis Rams in 2011, the only season in which he topped 1,000 yards. But he played in just eight games last season, averaging a career-worst 2.7 yards per carry.
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