Back from injury, Anquan Boldin making a big impact for CardinalsPosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- With eight plates in his face and wiring in his jaw, Anquan Boldin could have eased back into his job as Arizona's do-it-all receiver.
Not a chance. Boldin said he's feeling no lingering effects from one of the NFL season's most vicious hits.
If you don't believe Boldin, check his statistics. They're better than good.
Boldin leads the NFL with 10 receiving touchdowns, the last two coming in the Cardinals' 29-24 victory over San Francisco on Monday night.
Boldin has a touchdown catch in six straight games, most in the franchise's 89-year history, and he'll try to make it seven in a row when the NFC West-leading Cardinals visit Seattle on Sunday.
In any other year, those numbers wouldn't raise an eyebrow, given that Boldin is a two-time Pro Bowler.
But Boldin missed three weeks with a fractured sinus and other facial injuries following a fierce hit by the New York Jets' Eric Smith on Sept. 28.
Boldin underwent surgery, with doctors inserting eight plates to repair his face and wiring to align his bite.
In the three games since he came back, Boldin has 22 catches for 240 yards and five touchdowns.