John Abraham - #55 - Linebacker - 6'4" - 263lbs
News: Abraham notched six tackles (five solo) and three sacks Sunday in the Cardinals' victory versus the Rams.
Impact: After getting blanked in his first six games as a Cardinal, Abraham has added 11 sacks to his Hall-of-Fame resume over the last seven outings, a span that also includes 20 tackles (19 solo) and four forced fumbles. Because he's failed to bring down a quarterback in just one contest during that stretch, owners should feel comfort using him on a weekly basis.
Jerraud Powers - #25 - Cornerback - 5'10" - 187lbs
News: Powers recorded eight solo tackles and one pass defended Sunday in the Cardinals' victory against the Rams.
Impact: Following the loss of Tyrann Mathieu from the Cardinals' secondary, the remaining members of the defense's back end, including Powers, will attempt to make up for the missing play-making ability. During his five-year career, Powers hasn't exactly been known for Mathieu-like madness but has picked up off at least one pass in each season, even returning one for a touchdown as a Colt in 2011.
Rashad Johnson - #26 - Safety - 5'11" - 204lbs
News: Johnson will take over the starting free safety job from Tyrann Mathieu, who was lost for the season Sunday due to ACL and LCL tears in his left knee.
Impact: Johnson took over for Mathieu following his injury, which he suffered on a punt return early in the third quarter. On the day, Johnson supplied four solo tackles and an interception, which set up the Cardinals' final touchdown drive during the rout of the Rams. Meanwhile, he's averaged four tackles per game this season, a threshold that should jump with added snaps.
News: Dansby was an IDP maven Sunday, accumulating eight solo tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, and a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown, in the Cardinals' win against the Rams.
Impact: Although he's racked up at least eight tackles in nine of 13 games, Dansby has been particularly productive in the last three, with 22 tackles (20 solo), three sacks, and two touchdowns via interception. He narrowly leads the league in solo stops, boasting 100, but the ancillary stats are what guarantee his must-start status from week-to-week.
News: Dray caught all three targets for 32 yards in Sunday's victory against the Rams.
Impact: Dray isn't far behind starter Rob Housler in the Cardinals' pecking order at tight end, despite their usage in the last five games. During that stretch, Dray is averaging 1.8 receptions, which is far fewer than Housler's four catches for 48.2 yards per contest. However, both players have reached the end zone during that timeframe, which aids in Dray's deep-league relevance.
News: Housler (ankle) hauled in three balls (on four targets) for 42 yards in Sunday's victory over the Rams.
Impact: During the last five games, Housler is averaging four catches for 48.2 yards per contest, as opposed to Jim Dray's 1.8 receptions during that span. Both players have reached the end zone during that timeframe, but due to the aforementioned usage, Housler remains the favored option of Carson Palmer in the passing game.
Tue. Dec 10, 2013 | STATS
News: The Arizona Cardinals have placed rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu on injured reserve and promoted safety Curtis Taylor from the practice squad to take the vacant roster spot.
Impact: Mathieu, the second-leading tackler on the team, tore ligaments in his left knee in Sunday's 30-10 victory over St. Louis and will undergo surgery next week. No timetable was announced, but coach Bruce Arians says the recovery period will be "a long one."
Curtis Taylor - #27 - Safety - 6'2" - 212lbs
News: Taylor was added to the Cardinals' active roster Tuesday.
Impact: Previously relegated to the practice squad, Taylor was brought up to take the place of Tyrann Mathieu (knee) on the 53-man roster. He'll serve as depth behind Rashad Johnson for the time being.
News: Mathieu (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Impact: This was inevitable after Mathieu suffered a torn ACL and LCL in Sunday's win over the Rams. Curtis Taylor was activated from the practice squad to serve as depth behind Rashad Johnson at free safety, while Mathieu's recovery figures to push into next summer, potentially keeping him from the start of training camp.
Mon. Dec 9, 2013 | STATS
News: Arizona coach Bruce Arians has confirmed that Mathieu tore an ACL and sustained further damage in his left knee and will undergo surgery.
Impact: He was injured returning a free kick after John Abraham had tackled Kellen Clemens in the end zone in the third quarter of Arizona's 30-10 victory over St. Louis on Sunday.
Mon. Dec 9, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Coach Bruce Arians suspects Mathieu (ACL/LCL) will not be ready for the start of training camp in 2014, Arizona Republic writer Kent Somers reports.
Impact: Mathieu's IDP prospects for 2014 certainly took a hit due to Sunday's injury, and early indications hint that he will miss part of training camp. However, for all of his character questions heading into the 2013 draft, none of the concerns with Mathieu were related to his work ethic, and he'll likely work hard to get ahead of schedule.
Mon. Dec 9, 2013 | RotoWire
News: An MRI has confirmed that Mathieu suffered both a torn ACL and LCL in Sunday's game against the Rams, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: A timetable for Mathieu's recovery has not been released, but the injuries will sideline him for the rest of the season and cost the Cardinals one of their top playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Rashad Johnson will take Mathieu's starting spot in the secondary.
News: Dray (back) is active for Sunday's contest versus the Rams, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Dray is available and may be targeted more often than normal, with fellow tight end Rob Housler enduring an ankle injury. However, Dray has received a mere eight targets over the last four outings, gathering in six for 53 yards and a touchdown.
News: Housler (ankle) is listed as active Sunday against the Rams, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Housler participated in practice every day this week, including a full appearance Thursday, but his ankle could still be a problem. Because Carson Palmer's right elbow is also ailing, better options may reside in the available player pool in a number of formats.
News: Ellington (knee) had 11 carries for 46 yards with a touchdown and caught two passes on two targets for 17 yards in Sunday's win over St. Louis.
Impact: Ellington received six fewer carries than starter Rashard Mendenhall, but the rookie was more effective, averaging 4.2 per carry, compared to just 2.4 for Mendenhall. Mendenhall also scored another short touchdown run, but Ellington matched that with a six-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Expect Ellington to continue to see around 10-15 touches per game, with not much goal line work.
News: Mendenhall had 17 carries for 41 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's 30-10 win over St. Louis.
Impact: Mendenhall had more carries than rookie Andre Ellington, although the veteran wasn't nearly as effective. He's still getting most of the goal line work though, as was the case when he scored from three yards away early in the first quarter. Given that Mendenhall doesn't catch many passes, but is used around the goal line, he makes for a better start in non-PPR leagues.
News: Floyd (ankle) had two receptions on five targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 30-10 win over St. Louis.
Impact: Floyd took a backseat to Larry Fitzgerald in the first half, while neither was needed in the second half, as Arizona's defense dominated, en route to a comfortable win. Floyd had been on a roll before Sunday's dud, but it might be tough for him to get back on track next week, facing a tough Tennessee secondary in Week 15.
News: Fitzgerald caught all 12 of his targets Sunday, finishing with 96 yards and a touchdown.
Impact: Fitzgerald had a huge first half (eight receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown), making a number of tough grabs with defenders all around him. With Arizona in control of the game, he didn't need to do much in the second half. He hasn't put up eye-popping numbers this year, but he's scored at least one touchdown in four straight games. He'll have a very tough matchup in Week 14 though, facing a strong Tennessee secondary.
News: Palmer (elbow) completed 27-of-32 pass attempts for 269 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's win over St. Louis. His performance comes after not throwing a single pass during practice this past week, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Palmer was incredibly accurate and threw underneath early and often to Larry Fitzgerald, who finished with 12 receptions for 96 yards. Palmer's elbow was a concern heading into the game, but he appears to be safe to use moving forward, although at least for this week, he really didn't take any shots down the field.
News: Mathieu likely suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's win over the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: If the injury is confirmed, it will put an end to Mathieu's season and possibly threaten his availability for the beginning of the 2014 campaign. This would be a huge loss for the Cardinals, as Mathieu has shined in his rookie season, piling up 67 tackles (64 solo), two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a sack in 13 appearances. The Cardinals have an experienced backup in Rashad Johnson, which should help to soften the blow, should Mathieu indeed be lost for the remainder of the season.
Sun. Dec 8, 2013 | STATS
News: Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Andre Ellington were active for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.
Impact: Palmer had been listed as questionable because of a right elbow injury he sustained in last Sunday's loss at Philadelphia. Ellington missed the Eagles game with a left knee injury.
News: Ellington (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Rams, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: After a one-game absence, Ellington will act in tandem with Rashard Mendenhall, but it's unclear if the two will return to an even split of reps out of the Cardinals' backfield. Even so, Ellington is a threat in both facets of the game, catching multiple passes in 10-of-11 games this season.
News: Floyd (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Floyd's emergence has coincided with him playing through an AC sprain in his right shoulder, and because his ankle concern isn't serious, continued viability should be expected, against a St. Louis defense that allowed Floyd to rampage for 82 yards on four receptions in the season opener.
News: Palmer (elbow) is active for Sunday's game versus the Rams, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: A week in which his availability was thrown into question results in Palmer taking the field after all. It remains to be seen if his right elbow will be a concern, but owners should note that he took all the reps during Saturday's walkthrough.
News: Palmer (elbow) is expected to play Sunday against the Rams, according to NFL Network's Michael Silver.
Impact: It will still be worth verifying Palmer's status in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff, but it looks like he will be a go, despite being listed as questionable by the Cards heading into the weekend.
Sat. Dec 7, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Palmer, who is questionable with an elbow injury, took all the snaps during Saturday's walkthrough and is expected to start against the Rams on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: There have been some mixed signals here, as Palmer was previously referred to as a game-time decision, yet coach Bruce Arians said that he was sure his quarterback will play. While it now seems likely that Palmer will be able to go Sunday, it's possible that the veteran will be affected by his elbow injury.
News: Palmer (elbow) is a game-time decision for Sunday's game against St. Louis, though coach Bruce Arians said he's "sure" Palmer will be "ready to go."
Impact: Palmer didn't do much in practice Friday, and Arians' seemingly reassuring words are contradicted by the game-time decision declaration. Elbow issues are particularly concerning in Palmer's case, as he missed 12 games in 2008 with a lingering elbow injury, and his effectiveness noticeably dropped off for the rest of his career from that point. Drew Stanton will play if Palmer can't.
Drew Stanton - #5 - Quarterback - 6'3" - 243lbs
News: If Carson Palmer (elbow) can't play against St. Louis on Sunday, Stanton would start.
Impact: Coach Bruce Arians said he thinks Palmer will play, but Palmer has a history of elbow issues and didn't practice much Friday. Stanton would be a surprisingly decent on-paper QB2 against a weak St. Louis pass defense.
News: Floyd (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Impact: Floyd is red-hot right now and appears to be one of the top 25 fantasy receivers in most formats. His prospects for this week are slightly obscured, though, because Carson Palmer (elbow) is a game-time decision. The Rams are allowing 8.4 yards per pass this year, on the other hand, so Floyd is a good bet to produce even if he deals with mediocre quarterback play.
News: Housler (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Impact: Housler saw his practice level reduce from full Thursday to limited Friday, so he seems legitimately hobbled. The good news is that he practiced in at least a limited capacity each day this week.
News: Dray (back) is probable for Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Impact: Dray will play Sunday, but with 18 catches for just 140 yards on the year, he's not really a fantasy consideration in most cases.
News: Ellington (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Impact: Ellington returns after a one game absence and will give the Cardinals a noticeable improvement in backfield explosiveness. He remains a hit-or-miss flex consideration due to his role as an off-the-bench runner, but he's likely a more desirable fantasy option than starting Arizona runner Rashard Mendenhall.
News: With Andre Ellington (knee) probable to return to the field against St. Louis, Mendenhall could see a lighter workload.
Impact: Ellington is more effective than Mendenhall and therefore needs to get touches, but Mendenhall could stay surprisingly busy if the Cardinals run the ball more often to protect Carson Palmer, who's questionable with an elbow issue. As always, in any case, Mendenhall is shaky as a flex consideration.
News: Dray (back) was a full practice participant Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Dray bumped his activity level from limited to full, just like fellow tight end Rob Housler. However, Housler is more fantasy relevant due to 6.3 targets per week over the last four contests versus Dray's two per game during that span.
News: Housler (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Considering the sudden upgrade from limited to unhampered activity, Housler is poised to take the field Sunday against the Rams. He'll attempt to uphold his 6.3 targets per game from the previous four weeks.
News: Ellington (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: One week ago Thursday, Ellington suffered the knee injury that ensured a stay on the sideline in Week 13. Certainly, a return to the practice field provides some confidence that he'll play Sunday versus the Rams, but owners should keep a watchful eye on his progress as game day approaches.
News: Floyd (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Floyd's ankle concern allowed him to take the practice field, after sitting out Wednesday, which supports coach Bruce Arians' contention that the injury isn't severe. Friday's injury report should aid in determining whether Floyd will play through his various ailments Sunday versus the Rams.
News: Palmer (elbow) was limited in Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: After sustaining his elbow injury in Week 13 at Philadelphia, Palmer said that it bothered him for the remainder of the game, the Arizona Republic reports. Consequently, he was merely held to soft throws, as backup quarterback Drew Stanton took the first-team reps during warmups. Because the ailment is still bothering Palmer, owners should monitor the situation closely as Sunday's game against the Rams draws near.
News: Ellington (knee) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: After suffering his knee injury in practice last Thursday, Ellington was unable to take the field against Philadelphia. If he remains sidelined in Week 14 against the Rams, Rashard Mendenhall will act as the primary back, with Stepfan Taylor providing support.
News: Floyd (ankle) won't take part in practice Wednesday, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Floyd has dealt with an AC sprain in his right shoulder the last three games, but coach Bruce Arians stated that the receiver's new ailment isn't a serious one. Still, owners should keep a watchful eye on Floyd's practice participation as the weekend approaches.
News: Dray (back) was a limited in Wednesday's practice, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Just a few days removed from his second touchdown of the season, Dray isn't much of a factor in fantasy otherwise due to the presence of Rob Housler (ankle). The former's eight targets over the last four contests falls well shy of Housler's 25 during the same stretch, which inhibits Dray's viability.
News: Housler (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Housler failed to reach 50 yards receiving for the first time in four games Sunday at Philadelphia, despite being targeted by Carson Palmer on six occasions. On a positive note, Housler was able to fit in some reps Wednesday, but owners should confirm his status when the final injury report of the week emerges Friday.
News: Palmer was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a right elbow injury, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Bruce Arians didn't touch on Palmer's new ailment, but the quarterback was a full participant in practice the last two weeks with a right hand injury, which raises some concern about his status for Sunday's game against the Rams. Expect Palmer's availability to receive clarification by week's end.
Calais Campbell - #93 - Defensive End - 6'8" - 300lbs
News: Campbell supplied three tackles (two solo), one pass defended, and a half sack during Sunday's defeat in Philadelphia.
Impact: Campbell has factored into a sack in four of the last five games, totaling three to go with 18 tackles (11 solo) and five passes defended during that stretch. The Cardinals continue to reach the quarterback no matter the opponent, which should be a boon for his prospects as some fantasy playoffs start up in Week 14.
John Abraham - #55 - Linebacker - 6'4" - 263lbs
News: Abraham contributed three solo tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack during Sunday's defeat in Philadelphia.
Impact: After failing to bring down the quarterback in Week 12, Abraham bounced back and tallied his eighth sack over the last six games. He's supplemented his line with 14 solo tackles and three forced fumbles during that span, ensuring some utility in IDP formats. However, the Cardinals are limiting his snap count to keep the 35-year-old healthy during the marathon that is the season, which prospective owners should keep in mind when utilizing his services.
Matt Shaughnessy - #91 - Linebacker - 6'5" - 285lbs
News: Shaughnessy tallied seven solo tackles, four tackles for loss, and one sack during Sunday's defeat in Philadelphia.
Impact: The outing was easily the best of Shaughnessy's campaign, as his previous season high in tackles was four in Week 4. Because he's been inconsistent throughout his first year in Arizona, his relevance in IDP circles is low, to say the least. However, the active day was nonetheless an encouraging sign for his prospects of re-upping with the Cardinals in the offseason.
News: Dansby produced nine tackles (seven solo), two sacks, one tackle for loss, and one pass defended during Sunday's defeat at Philadelphia.
Impact: Dansby downed the quarterback for the first time in six outings, actually bringing down Nick Foles on two occasions. After tallying at least nine tackles for the fifth time in 12 games, Dansby leads an opportunistic Cardinals defense and ranks first in the league with 92 solo stops. With fantasy playoffs about to begin, IDP owners should continue to send him out there on a weekly basis.
Daryl Washington - #58 - Linebacker - 6'2" - 238lbs
News: Washington racked up nine tackles (eight solo) and a tackle for loss during Sunday's loss in Philadelphia.
Impact: Washington's tackle output matched a season high, but he hasn't sacked the quarterback since making his season debut in Week 5 nor factored into the turnover game in four consecutive games. The Pro-Bowl linebacker remains a tantalizing IDP option, despite his lack of production, but he's averaging just 5.9 stops (4.8 solo), after putting up 8.4 (6.8 solo) per contest last season.
News: Housler caught three balls (on six targets) for 21 yards during Sunday's loss at Philadelphia.
Impact: Housler's streak of hauling in a reception of more than 20 yards ended at three games, and his output predictably mimicked the first half of the season, when he was recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered during the preseason. Moreover, fellow tight end Jim Dray sniped a late touchdown and now has double the one touchdown on Housler's ledger. Despite the disappointing performance, Housler remains the TE to own from the Cardinals' corps of receivers.
News: Dray gathered in all three targets for 26 yards and a three-yard touchdown during Sunday's defeat at Philadelphia.
Impact: Dray's second score of the season brought the Cardinals within 24-21 with just under five minutes remaining in the contest, but neither offense could put anything together thereafter. The tight end himself put up his most productive outing of the season, but that isn't saying much considering the output and his standing as the clear No. 2 to starter Rob Housler, who garnered six targets Sunday.
Andre Roberts - #12 - Wide Receiver - 5'11" - 195lbs
News: Roberts hauled in four of eight passes for 29 yards during Sunday's defeat at Philadelphia.
Impact: As Michael Floyd has emerged as a fantasy force the last three games, Roberts' unsteady production has continued, as he has just one reception of more than 20 yards among his 35 this season. Despite recording at least three catches in five of the last six games, he's totaled 21 grabs (on 35 targets) for 199 yards and a touchdown during that stretch, good for a less-than-desirable 9.5 YPC. Only owners in deeper leagues should consider his services at the moment.
Stepfan Taylor - #30 - Running back - 5'9" - 216lbs
News: Taylor took three carries for 15 yards and two catches (on three targets) for 45 yards during Sunday's loss in Philadelphia.
Impact: Taylor filled in admirably for Andre Ellington (knee), even lining up as a slot receiver in five-wideout sets. In the process, Taylor doubled the reception count from the first 11 games of his career, hauling in two receptions with a long of 29 yards. It's unclear exactly how much time Ellington is expected to sit out with his knee concern, but Taylor would back up Rashard Mendenhall (18 rushes for 76 yards Sunday) yet again in Week 14, if Ellington remains sidelined. Given his workload this weekend, Taylor could be a modest option for those searching for a dart in deeper formats with fantasy playoffs about to commence.
News: Fitzgerald recorded five catches for 72 yards and a 43-yard touchdown during Sunday's loss at Philadelphia.
Impact: Fitzgerald extended his touchdown streak to three games and has now more than doubled his output from a season ago, with nine scores on his game log. They have made up for modest production through the air, as Michael Floyd has assumed big-play ability from the veteran, as the season has worn on. No matter, Fitzgerald remains a must-start in all formats, due to his top-10 ranking in terms of receiving TDs.
News: Floyd (shoulder) gathered in five receptions on 10 targets for 99 yards and a 23-yard touchdown during Sunday's defeat at Philadelphia.
Impact: Floyd has busted out the last three games, reeling off seven receptions of more than 20 yards and reaching the end zone on two occasions. Overall, he's been targeted by Carson Palmer 27 times during that stretch, catching 18 balls for 396 yards. He's become a nice complement to Larry Fitzgerald, in the Cardinals' passing attack, and appears to be a steady option, heading into the upcoming fantasy playoffs.
News: Palmer (hand) completed 24-of-41 passes for 302 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's defeat in Philadelphia.
Impact: Under duress for most of the game, Palmer was sacked on five occasions, and two underthrown passes resulted in his first picks in three contests. However, he's racked up multiple passing touchdowns in five outings in a row, with at least 300 yards through the air in three straight. Clearly, the hand injury that's landed him on the injury report the past few weeks isn't too much of a bother, and owners should feel comfortable trotting him out there, as some fantasy playoffs commence in Week 14.
News: Mendenhall received the majority of work at running back with Andre Ellington (knee) inactive Sunday in Philadelphia. Overall, the veteran carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards.
Impact: Both the number of rushes and yards gained mark season highs for Mendenhall, but he failed to reach the end zone for the first time in three games. Meanwhile, the only other running back to see action, Stepfan Taylor, took on Ellington's role, picking up three carries and three targets, two of which he hauled in. If Ellington remains sidelined, a similar split of work should be expected, with Mendenhall accounting for much of the production.
News: After Sunday's loss in Philadelphia, coach Bruce Arians stated that Ellington wasn't close to suiting up as a result of his knee injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: All caution will be exercised, while Ellington recovers from the ailment, especially because injury concerns caused his stock to drop all the way to sixth round of the 2013 draft. His status will be watched closely as the week progresses, but his absence allowed Rashard Mendenhall to garner the majority of the workload (18 of 22 carries) in Sunday's contest.
News: With Andre Ellington (knee) inactive, Mendenhall will likely receive the bulk of the carries Sunday against Philadelphia.
Impact: Mendenhall has received exactly 13 carries in four straight games, but that number could increase Sunday with no Ellington available for the Cardinals. He finally seems to be rounding into form (4.2 yards per carry last week), and could find success against an Eagles run defense that ranks just 21st in the league and surrendered 191 rushing yards to Washington in their last game.
News: Bell (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Impact: In his first year as a Cardinal, Bell, has carved out some utility in deeper formats, having recorded 53 tackles and two picks in 11 games to date.
News: Floyd (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Impact: Floyd is out there if you need him this week, on the heels of catching a fantasy-friendly 13 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks.
News: Palmer (hand) is listed as active for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Impact: Palmer, who has thrown for eight touchdowns and two interceptions over his last four games, will take aim Sunday at an Eagles' defense that has given up an average of 300.1 passing yards a game to date.
News: Ellington (knee) is inactive Sunday against the Eagles.
Impact: With Ellington scratched, Rashard Mendenhall is line to continue to lead the Cards' Week 13 rushing attack and figures to see some added touches Sunday.
News: Ellington (knee) appears to be on track to play Sunday against the Eagles, barring a setback in warmups, NFL.com's Albert Breer reports.
Impact: Ellington missed practice Friday, after injuring his knee in Thursday's practice, but it looks like he has a solid chance to be green lit Sunday. The Cards kick off at 1:00 ET, so fortunately for his owners, Ellington's Week 13 status will be clarified, in advance of the first wave of kickoffs.
News: Bell (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Impact: Bell will be there if you need him Sunday, but he's not a great IDP option since he has just 53 tackles in 11 games.
News: Palmer (hand) is probable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Impact: Palmer has looked surprisingly good in his last four games, throwing for eight touchdowns and two interceptions in that time frame. He has no good reason to slow down against Philadelphia.
News: Mendenhall could see more touches if Andre Ellington (knee) does not play against Philadelphia on Sunday.
Impact: Ellington didn't practice Friday after injuring the knee in practice Thursday, so there's a good chance that the rookie might need to sit. It'd make Mendenhall more of a viable flex consideration if Ellington is inactive.
Fri. Nov 29, 2013 | STATS
News: Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Andre Ellington were active for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.
Impact: Ellington missed the Eagles game with a left knee injury.
News: Floyd (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Impact: Although he only has three touchdowns on his 49 receptions, Floyd's stock is clearly on the rise after catching 13 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks. He looks more like a WR2 than a WR3 these days.
News: Ellington (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Impact: Ellington did not practice Friday after injuring his knee in Thursday's practice, making his availability for Sunday very much up in the air. Ellington has expressed optimism about his chances of playing, for what it's worth. Luckily for Ellington's owners, Arizona has an early game Sunday.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Bell (knee) practiced fully Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Following the uptick from his limited status Wednesday, Bell will be a go for Sunday's contest in Philadelphia, barring a setback. IDP owners should utilize him as they normally would.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Ellington was limited in Thursday's practice due to a knee concern, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: After practicing in full Wednesday, Ellington's absence Thursday is likely a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, Rashard Mendenhall seemed healthier than ever in Week 12, but a split of the snaps will continue to hold on game day, as long as both backs are healthy enough to take the field.
News: Floyd is expected to take part in Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Floyd's right shoulder remains sore due to the AC sprain that he sustained in Week 10, and it will likely be a bother for the remainder of the season. Despite the injury, he has managed to post back-to-back 100-yard outings, totaling 13 receptions (on 17 targets) for 297 yards and one touchdown.
News: Bell (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday.
Impact: Bell has contributed four or more tackles in eight of 11 contests en route to 53 tackles (44 solo), seven passes defended, two interceptions, and one sack this season. As the week unfolds, his status for Sunday's game at Philadelphia should receive clarification.
News: Palmer (hand) practiced fully Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: After posting an 8:13 TD:INT ratio in his first seven contests in a Cardinals uniform, Palmer has led the team on a four-game winning streak, during which he's tossed eight touchdowns versus just two picks. Clearly, his right hand isn't affecting his timing with receivers, as evidenced by a 69 completion percentage during the recent run.
News: Floyd (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Bruce Arians expects the AC sprain in Floyd's right shoulder to bother him for the rest of the season. In spite of the ailment, Floyd has ripped off two consecutive 100-yard outings, resulting in 13 catches (on 17 targets) for 297 yards and one touchdown.
News: Karlos Dansby led the Cardinals with five tackles, and also had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Impact: "We expect to dominate like this all the time," Dansby said following Arizona's 40-11 win vs. the Colts. "We just finally put it together as a unit. We're starting to believe in each other and trust one another and we're making plays all around."
News: On Sunday, Fitzgerald caught five passes for 52 yards. He become the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards receiving for his career.
Impact: Fitzgerald had two touchdowns on the day, from 4 and 26 yards out.
News: Carson Palmer went 26 of 37 and threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinals rolled over the Colts, 40-11.
Impact: Both touchdowns went to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but Palmer spread the ball around. Ten different Arizona players had a reception in the victory.