Whisenhunt optimistic about injured starters

Starters Calais Campbell, Anquan Boldin and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may play Sunday pending test results. (Associated Press)

The Cardinals will be in wait-and-see mode this week with three injured starters — WR Anquan Boldin, DE Calais Campbell and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said the players were undergoing further testing Monday, and their status will be determined when those results come back. Still, Whisenhunt sounded optimistic that all three players would be available when the Cardinals host the Packers in the NFC wild-card round Sunday.

“I’m always optimistic that we’re going to have these guys because this is a playoff game and guys want to play,” Whisenhunt said. “They understand that. The sense of urgency is definitely there. That’s why I feel like we have a chance of getting these guys back.”

All three sustained injuries during the Cardinals’ 33-7 loss to the Packers in Sunday’s regular-season finale.

Boldin injured his left ankle, which Whisenhunt said was still sore Monday. Boldin will undergo an MRI.

Whisenhunt said he expects Rodgers-Cromartie, who suffered a bruised left knee in what initially appeared to be a much more serious injury, to “progress rapidly” during the week.

Campbell is in a cast because of a left thumb injury, and Whisenhunt said it hadn’t been determined how the team would deal with it.

It looks like it will be a few days before there’s any definitive word on the players’ status, although Rodgers-Cromartie was blunt in telling the team’s official Web site that he would play.

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