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“That’s a talented team and they’re just a couple of years removed from being in the Super Bowl,” King said.

Players are to report to Cardinals headquarters on Thursday, then have their physicals on Friday before traveling north to Flagstaff for a mandatory team meeting later Friday. Whisenhunt said he hoped to have 70 players ready to participate in the first practice at Northern Arizona University on Saturday.

Free agents who sign with Arizona and were not with the team last year will be unable to practice until Aug. 4. That would also apply to any player acquired in a trade but signed to a new contract, something that could apply to Kolb. That doesn’t leave much time for the team to be ready for its first preseason game Aug. 11 at Oakland.

Fifteen Cardinals are unrestricted free agents, including starting guard Deuce Lutui and starting center Lyle Sendlein. With the retirement of guard Alan Faneca, Arizona is without the entire interior of its offensive line.

“We are aggressive pursuing a number of different options at those positions,” Whisenhunt said, “some of which include our own players. We’re trying to get that done.”

Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, who made an appearance at the team’s headquarters Tuesday, said it’s a special challenge to the veteran players.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “This is when you have to have true leaders on your team that’s very mature. We don’t have a lot of days to get ready for our first preseason game, so everything is going to be snapping. We’ll have to be focused and guys like myself and Adrian Wilson and Larry (Fitzgerald) and Levi Brown, guys like that, are going to have to take over their group and push it to the next level.”

He said he will tolerate no complaining from his teammates.

“I really think that no one should be going on the field saying they’re tired, they’re sore, anything like that,” Dockett said. “You had seven months off, so we really don’t have no excuses about anything, just getting the job done.”