The Cardinals placed Rucker (foot) on the active/PUP list on Tuesday. Rucker will start training camp on the sidelines as he nurses a foot injury that could be related to the ankle surgery he underwent during the offseason. The veteran defensive end signed a one-year extension with Arizona back in June and figures to compete for a starting role with the departure of Darnell Dockett.
Rucker hasn't participated in OTAs with the Cardinals due to offseason ankle surgery, the Arizona Republic reports. Rucker was plagued by an ankle injury from Week 12 onward, missing three games off the bat and approaching his typical snap count (33 to 44) in the Cardinals' five games thereafter. Including playoffs, he totaled three sacks among 34 tackles, to which he added one forced fumble ad one fumble recovery across 15 games. As a precaution, he may miss a portion of the offseason program in order to avoid any setbacks, but his rehab doesn't appear as if it will extend into training camp.
The Cardinals have signed veteran defensive lineman Frostee Rucker to a one-year extension, per NFL.com Insider Ian Rapoport. Rucker, who is entering his third season with Arizona, has played in all but one game over the last four years. He started eight last season and contributed a career-high five sacks.
Cardinals starting safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Calais Campbell are both set to play Saturday against the Panthers in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs. Both were considered probable coming into the matchup. Mathieu has played the last two weeks with a club cast on his thumb after having surgery on a broken bone. Also set to play Saturday are Larry Foote (knee) and Frostee Rucker (ankle).
The Cardinals have released their final injury report in preparation for their wild card matchup against the Panthers Saturday. Among those listed, quarterback Drew Stanton is out after not being able to practice all week. Coach Bruce Arians said earlier in the week if Stanton was able to practice for one of the three days, he would have been the starter. Others on the injury report include Jonathan Cooper (wrist/knee) and Dan Williams (foot) as questionable. Calais Campbell (hip), Larry Foote (knee), Tyrann Mathieu (thumb/hip), Frostee Rucker (ankle) and Lyle Sendlein (back) are considered probable.
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