Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th108.2 (18th)258.5 (9th)
Defense2nd94.9 (9th)210.3 (4th)
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
02/01/17DBTyrann MathieuKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEHead coach Bruce Arians relayed Tuesday that Mathieu's knee is "96 percent" and his shoulder is "100 percent," Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

The metronome of Mathieu's four-year career has been determined by his health, which has included a pair of season-ending ACL tears in 2013 and 2015. In the subsequent campaigns, he failed to uphold his standard from one year prior, though his stunted recovery from a shoulder subluxation afforded just two appearances after Week 8 in 2016. With his recovery from the latter injury complete, Mathieu will focus on beefing up the health of his right knee and aim for a resurgence in the fall.

(Updated 01/31/2017)
01/30/17DLFrostee RuckerUndisclosedQUESTIONABLERucker (undisclosed) will make a decision on his future once he grows healthier, Josh Weinfuss of reports. "I just want to rehab and feel better, and then make my decision," he said recently. "I played through a couple injuries this year -- and not like everyone else doesn't have to -- but it was a tough road for me [last] offseason and I want to give myself and my body a chance."

Rucker spent the bulk of last offseason recovering from ankle surgery, limiting the defensive end to one preseason appearance. He then kicked off the 2016 campaign with a sprained MCL, which forced DNPs from Weeks 2 through 4. Although he played out the rest of the schedule, he picked up just 28.3 percent of the Cardinals' defensive snaps and didn't record a sack for the first time since 2007. As he mentioned, Rucker's upcoming unrestricted free agency will be contingent upon his health.

(Updated 01/30/2017)
01/25/17DBElie BoukaHamstringQUESTIONABLEBouka (hamstring) was placed on the Cardinals' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

The Canadian was signed as an undrafted rookie earlier in the offseason, but missed portions of the offseason while recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in 2015. However, he then suffered a lingering hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the majority of training camp. He had a solid chance of making the team had he stayed healthy, though, and will likely be given another opportunity to do so in 2017.

(Updated 08/30/2016)
01/25/17DBTyvon BranchGroinQUESTIONABLEThe Cardinals will placed Branch (groin) on injured reserve, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Head coach Bruce Arians told Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site that Branch suffered a groin tear Sunday at Miami, marking the defensive back's second such injury of the season. The aggravation contained Branch to six appearances in his initial campaign with the team, which resulted in 28 tackles (25 solo) and four passes defended. He has one year remaining on his current contract.

(Updated 12/12/2016)
01/25/17WRJaron BrownKneeQUESTIONABLEThe Cardinals signed Brown (knee) to a one-year extension through the 2017 season Wednesday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Due to uncertainty at wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald to start the campaign, Brown was able to make inroads in the offense, receiving between two and six targets in each of the Cardinals' first six games. Brown's eleven receptions went for a clip of 17.0 YPC, and he even reached the end zone during a Week 2 demolition of the Buccaneers. The decision to play on an ailing knee eventually reared its head in Week 7, when he was lost for the season due to a torn ACL. After re-signing with Arizona, he'll provide insurance in the event that unrestricted free-agent wideout Michael Floyd is allowed to walk in the offseason.

(Updated 11/16/2016)
01/25/17LBDeone BucannonAnkleQUESTIONABLEThe Cardinals placed Bucannon (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

A high-ankle sprain has conspired to force the first DNPs of Bucannon's career. With another 91 tackles under his belt in 2016, he boasts 6.4 tackles per game in nearly three seasons with the Cardinals. In Bucannon's stead, Sio Moore has been bumped to the starting dollar linebacker role.

(Updated 12/13/2016)
01/25/17LBAlani FuaKneeQUESTIONABLEFua was placed on the IR due to a knee injury, Darren Urban of reports.

Fua dealt with a knee injury during the early portion of the preseason, but may have suffered a setback resulting in his Injured Reserve designation. The Cardinals signed Joplo Bartu to provide additional depth at inside linebacker with the open roster spot.

(Updated 09/28/2016)
01/25/17DBTony JeffersonKnee - MCLQUESTIONABLEThe Cardinals placed Jefferson (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Jefferson has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which will officially bring his breakout season to a close. Although he didn't record a tackle before departing Saturday's game in Seattle, he'll finish his fourth campaign with a career-high 96 tackles (78 solo), to which he tacked on five passes defended, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Expect Jefferson to be a hot commodity as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

(Updated 12/27/2016)
01/25/17DBMike JenkinsKneeQUESTIONABLEJenkins (knee) will be placed on IR, ending his season.

Jenkins was brought in at the beginning of training camp as the Cardinals looked to strengthen the depth of their defensive backfield. However, the veteran suffered an ACL injury in Sunday's preseason game and had to be carted off the field. At 31, it's tough to guess where Jenkins will go from here and if he'll be revitalize his career after a year on the sidelines.

(Updated 08/29/2016)
01/25/17RBChris JohnsonGroinQUESTIONABLEJohnson (groin) won't return this season, as the Cardinals have cleared Tyvon Branch (groin) to practice, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Among players placed on injured reserve, each team can designate just one for activation, and the Cardinals have made their choice due to need. With David Johnson regularly churning out 100 yards from scrimmage on a weekly basis, the elder Johnson would merely be an accessory, while Branch would bolster the back end of the defense. An unrestricted free agent in the offseason, Chris Johnson may have played his last down with the Cardinals.

(Updated 11/23/2016)
01/25/17LBGabe MartinHamstringQUESTIONABLEMartin (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Martin is a depth linebacker and special teamer. The Cardinals promoted Zaviar Gooden from the practice squad to take his place.

(Updated 11/18/2016)
01/25/17TEIfeanyi MomahWristQUESTIONABLEMomah (wrist) will have a chance to be one of Arizona's top tight ends in 2017, Jim Koch of Raising Zona reports.

Momah saw each of his last two seasons cut short due to injury. A torn ACL in 2015 and a broken wrist in 2016 led to two straight years on IR. His contract with Arizona runs through 2018 and he'll have a chance to earn a role as one of the team's top tight end options. He's expected to be a full go in time for spring practices after being shut down for the season back in November.

(Updated 01/25/2017)
01/25/17TETroy NiklasWristQUESTIONABLEThe 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, so Niklas could make a return as early as late November. However, he 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.

(Updated 09/27/2016)
01/02/17DLRobert NkemdicheAnkleQUESTIONABLENkemdiche (ankle) was inactive for Sunday's 44-6 victory over the Rams.

Nkemdiche hurt his ankle in practice on Thursday. The details of which remain unclear. With the Cardinals out of the playoffs, the Ole Miss product will look to return to full health in advance of his second professional campaign.

(Updated 01/01/2017)

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