Ken Whisenhunt isn’t concerned that Anquan Boldin was upset over not playing in Sunday’s 41-21 win over the Chicago Bears. In fact, it’s what the Arizona Cardinals coach wants to see out of one of his most competitive players.
Boldin was a late scratch against the Bears due to a lingering ankle injury, and was clearly upset after the game that he was included on the list of inactive players about 90 minutes before kickoff.
“Only thing I can say is when I came in here my stuff was in the locker,” Boldin said following the game. “(I) went out, warmed up, felt great, came back out, everything was gone. … Nobody was man enough to tell me the situation.”
Whisenhunt played off those comments during his weekly news confernece Monday, saying he expects that type of reaction from Boldin.
“You know what, that doesn’t concern me at all,” Whisenhunt said about the comments. “In fact, that’s kind of what you like to see, because he wants to play. I think we all know how tough and how competitive Anquan is. The fact that he was upset that he didn’t play is what you would expect. I certainly have no issues with that, whatsoever.”
Whisenhunt cited the field conditions at Soldier Field and trying to end the cycle of Boldin’s ankle getting sore late in games as the reasons for the decision. He hopes the week off will alleviate the lingering injury that has limited Boldin in practice the last three weeks.