Cardinals’ Boldin should be OK to play vs. Panthers

Anquan Boldin didn’t suffer any setbacks while playing on a high right ankle sprain during the Cardinals’ 24-17 victory over the Giants on Sunday night, and the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is expected to play against the Panthers this weekend, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt told me.

Boldin also is expected to go through an increased practice load, compared to last week, when he worked out on a limited basis on Friday only.

“He was sore after the game, but we think he’ll work through that,” Whisenhunt said in a phone interview. “We think he’ll do a little bit more this week. We’ll manage that with practice, and hopefully he’ll continue to heal rapidly.”

Boldin started against the Giants and caught three passes for 75 yards, including a crucial 44-yard completion that led to a Cardinals field goal just before the end of the first half. Boldin’s playing status was undecided until pre-game warmups, Whisenhunt said.

Boldin injured his ankle two weeks ago against the Seahawks and didn’t finish the game.

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