Cardinals' Wells shrugs off durability question

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TEMPE -- Running back Chris "Beanie" Wells shrugged off concerns about durability that apparently caused him to fall to the No. 31 pick in the NFL draft.

He says he doesn't understand the durability question when he missed three games and three years and played the 2007 season with a broken wrist.

Wells came to Arizona Cardinals headquarters to show off his new No. 26 jersey and pronounced himself more than ready to join one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL.

With the release of Edgerrin James on Tuesday, the Cardinals will rely on the one-two punch of second-year pro Tim Hightower and Wells to try to bolster what was the worst ground game in the league last season.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt says Wells' ability to play despite injuries was one reason he was so attractive as a first-round selection.

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