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Cardinals' Troy Niklas: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

The Cardinals placed Niklas (wrist) on injured reserve Tuesday, the team's official site reports.

Each team is able to activate one player from injured reserve under new league rules, but the Cardinals are unlikely to do so with Niklas, who is slated for at least four months of rehab on his wrist, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix. In any case, Niklas wasn't making inroads on starting tight end Darren Fells and recorded precisely no yards on his sole catch this season. In a corresponding move, Ifeanyi Momah was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

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Cardinals' Troy Niklas: Dealing with potentially 'severe' wrist injury
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Niklas injured his wrist during Sunday's loss at Buffalo, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. In a Monday media session, head coach Bruce Arians said the issue "could be severe."

Niklas has received a consistent snap count this season, earning between 18 and 24 in the first three games, but he's been contained to blocking duties, as evidenced by one reception on two targets for no yards. If the third-year tight end is sidelined for any length of time, his reps will likely be redistributed between Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham.

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Cardinals' Troy Niklas: Promoted to first-string offense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niklas was promoted to first-string offense Tuesday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Veteran Jermaine Gresham has been unable to dodge the injury bug in training camp, dealing with a hamstring injury early and back tightness of late. Meanwhile, Niklas has jumped to the good side of head coach Bruce Arians, which was likely precipitated by his blocking ability. It likely hasn't hurt that Niklas has so far avoided an ailment in camp for the first time in his two-plus seasons as a professional. If the development is upheld into Week 1, Niklas would serve as a starter in the Cardinals' two-TE alignment.

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Cardinals' Troy Niklas: Drawing praise from Bruce Arians
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Niklas has drawn praise from head coach Bruce Arians this training camp, the Cardinals' official site reports. "He's made a really nice move," Arians said Wednesday. "He's looking like the player we drafted and wanted. He had all those injuries and had bad luck, and knock on wood I don't want to jinx him, but he's where I want him to be right now."

If Niklas has been lingering on dynasty benches since the Cardinals selected him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, owners may be able to deploy the hulking tight this season. His first two campaigns weren't friendly from an injury standpoint, but avoiding the bug so far, he's showed off his blocking capability, which is a staple for tight ends within Arians' offense. Niklas has four preseason tilts to move past Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) in the TE pecking order. However, when Niklas received 16 percent of the offensive snaps last year, he had a measly four catches for 33 yards and two touchdowns.

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Cardinals' Troy Niklas: Reels in all four targets in 2015
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Troy Niklas reeled in all four targets for 33 yards and two touchdowns during the 2015 season.

Serving in a strict reserve role this season, Niklas nonetheless fared much better on the injury front, appearing in every game versus the seven that he was contained to as a rookie in 2014. However, both Darren Fells (restricted) and Jermaine Gresham (unrestricted) are free agents, which may result in a jump up the depth chart. Niklas' pedigree as a second-round pick would warrant such a promotion, but he still must put in the work to deserve an expanded target count.

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2014Arizona Cardinals7233812.7170002
2015Arizona Cardinals1634338.3132003
2016Arizona Cardinals32100.000000
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2014Arizona Cardinals722.000000.0000
2015Arizona Cardinals1644.000000.0000
2016Arizona Cardinals311.000000.0000
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2014Arizona Cardinals700000000
2015Arizona Cardinals1600010010
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Notre Dame
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