Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense12th96.2 (23rd)250.1 (11th)
Defense5th84.4 (2nd)233.0 (14th)
Jake Ballard given a day off due to thigh bruise
by Igor Mello |

Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard was unable to practice Sunday because of a thigh bruise, ESPN reports. The injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for too long, as he is expected to return on Monday, head coach Bruce Arians told reporters.

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Dan Williams exits practice with left knee issue
by Igor Mello |

Cardinals defensive lineman Dan Williams was forced out of Sunday's practice because of a swollen left knee. No word on the seriousness of the injury, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Cardinals will open their preseason at home against the Texans on Aug. 9.

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Patrick Peterson to focus solely on defense
by Larry Hartstein |

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who made six catches last year, won't play receiver or return punts this season, according to the team's website. Peterson will be a reserve punt returner "just in case."

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Andre Ellington 'ready to be a bell cow'
by Larry Hartstein |

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said running back Andre Ellington is "ready to be a bell cow" in this offense, reports the team's website. Ellington added about 10 pounds in the offseason to prepare for a bigger workload.

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Cardinals GM: Andre Ellington bulked up this offseason
by Joe Polito |

By general manager Steve Keim's estimation, Cardinals running back Andre Ellington gained eight to 10 pounds in the offseason. Keim said so during a radio interview with Fox Sports 910. 

These remarks make sense considering Arizona is expected to give Ellington short-yardage work this season. Ellington, one of the faster running backs in the league, weighed in at about 200 pounds last season and rushed for 652 yards on 118 carries. 

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