Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th108.2 (18th)258.5 (9th)
Defense2nd94.9 (9th)210.3 (4th)
Injuries
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)
01/25/17DBElie 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 BranchGroinQUESTIONABLEBranch (groin) took a $2 million paycut for the upcoming season, Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports reports.

The move gives the Cardinals $2 million in cap space after they agreed to terms with the likes of Antoine Bethea, Phil Dawson, Chandler Jones and Karlos Dansby. Branch will become a free agent next season.

(Updated 03/11/2017)
01/25/17WRJaron BrownKneeQUESTIONABLEBrown has made progress in his recovery from a torn ACL.

In particular, Brown demonstrated balance, performed squats, and jogged at a decent pace in an Instagram post. Four months after undergoing surgery on the afflicted region, he's clearly in a good spot and could be making inroads on regular appearances during the offseason program. Once he returns to full health, he'll have a chance to break into a receiving corps behind Larry Fitzgerald, as John Brown's sickle-cell trait may still impact his conditioning and J.J. Nelson remains a quick, but unproven, commodity. On the other hand, the Cardinals may very well select a wide receiver early in this year's draft in order to appease the offensive mind of head coach Bruce Arians, thereby pushing Jaron Brown further down the depth chart.

(Updated 03/14/2017)
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 AZCardinals.com 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 - MCLQUESTIONABLEJefferson (knee - MCL) signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Ravens on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Jefferson's signing comes as no surprise after he was linked with the Ravens on Wednesday. He'll join last year's prized free agent signing, Eric Weddle, to form one of the best safety combos in the NFL.

(Updated 03/10/2017)
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) will seek out the best fit as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports. "I feel at this point in my career if it's not a situation where a team wants to bring me in to be a starter, I definitely need to be somewhere where I have a role," Johnson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "I need to be involved. At this point in my career, I don't want to sit on the sideline. I want to get in the game."

After back-to-back injury-altered campaigns with the Cardinals, Johnson sees the writing on the wall in a backfield populated by a workhorse like David Johnson, who handled 73.4 percent (293 of 399) of the team's carries in 2016. At this point in the former's career, he won't contribute much, if anything, as a pass catcher, so a between-the-tackles gig is likely at the top of his list. Johnson will be entering his age-32 season in the fall, so landing atop a depth chart out of the gate isn't really in the cards. Rather, a complementary role could be his best-case scenario, whether he sticks in Arizona or heads elsewhere.

(Updated 03/01/2017)
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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