Arizona Cardinals kick off training camp in Flagstaff

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Cardinals get an early start to training camp because they will play in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, against New Orleans on Aug. 5. The team holds its first workout Wednesday at its Northern Arizona University practice facility amid the thin air and pines of Flagstaff, with an elevation of 7,000 feet and temperatures that are far cooler than the triple-digits of Phoenix.

The team will work out for four days this week and next week before heading to Canton. After that, the Cardinals will practice in Kansas City before playing the Chiefs there on Aug. 10.

One of the main issues of training camp is at quarterback, where coach Ken Whisenhunt has declared an open competition between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.

The only player with a significant injury is tight end Jeff King, who is recovering from surgery to repair a quadriceps injury sustained during offseason workouts.

Running backs Beanie Wells, who is coming off knee surgery, and Ryan Williams, who missed all of what would have been his rookie season with a knee injury, are expected to be limited at least through the early portion of training camp.

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