Bethel (foot) is listed as active Sunday at Cleveland, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. The opportunity existed for Bethel to start at cornerback this week, but Jerraud Powers brushed off his Grade 2 hamstring strain in order to cover his typical starting spot opposite Patrick Peterson. While Bethel could assume a greater role on defense, especially if Powers requires the occasional breather, special teams will likely account for the bulk of his snaps yet again.
Bethel (foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's game. Bethel appears to be ready to play Sunday, but it's unclear if he will start opposite Patrick Peterson with Jerraud Powers listed as questionable on the team's official injury report Friday. If Powers is unavailable, Bethel could make his first career start against the Browns.
Bethel (foot) practiced in full Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Bethel was bumped from limited to full participant in drills, clearing the way for the first start of his career. He's expected to replace fellow cornerback Jerraud Powers, who sustained a Grade 2 hamstring strain in Monday's victory versus the Ravens. As Bethel operates opposite All-Pro corner Patrick Peterson, he should garner enough interest from opposing quarterbacks to approach IDP relevance.
Bethel (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Prior to Monday's game, Bethel had garnered just 40 defensive snaps, with the majority of his playing time occurring as the captain of the special teams unit, but he turned 34 with the top unit into two solo tackles and a fumble recovery. However, he's poised to take on a starting role at cornerback with Jerraud Powers (hamstring) expected to miss multiple weeks due to a Grade 2 strain of his hamstring. Working opposite Patrick Peterson should afford Bethel plenty of chances to make his mark in a disruptive defense.
Cardinals defensive backs Jerraud Powers and Justin Bethel will battle for the right cornerback spot in OTAs and preseason training camp. Coach Bruce Arians would like to add another corner to the depth chart, after Antonio Cromartie left via free agency, but Powers and Bethel don't need to worry about veteran competition, per ESPN. "Not at all," Arians said of the possibility of a veteran signing. "I'd really like to add a young one -- a young, long, fast one because I think we have enough depth with the guys we have."