Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th108.2 (18th)258.5 (9th)
Defense2nd94.9 (9th)210.3 (4th)


Sun Sep 11
L 23 - 21NE
Sun Sep 18
W 40 - 7TB
Sun Sep 25
L 33 - 18at BUF
Sun Oct 2
L 17 - 13LAR
Thu Oct 6
W 33 - 21at SF
Mon Oct 17
W 28 - 3NYJ
Sun Oct 23
6 - 6SEA
Sun Oct 30
L 30 - 20at CAR
Sun Nov 13
W 23 - 20SF
Sun Nov 20
L 30 - 24at MIN
Sun Nov 27
L 38 - 19at ATL
Sun Dec 4
W 31 - 23WAS
Sun Dec 11
L 26 - 23at MIA
Sun Dec 18
L 48 - 41NO
Sat Dec 24
W 34 - 31at SEA
Sun Jan 1
W 44 - 6at LAR


Los Angeles4-12-02-4-0
San Francisco2-14-02-4-0
Cardinals' Jared Veldheer: Nears full recovery from triceps surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Veldheer (triceps) is healthy and cleared to resume workouts, 12 News' Cameron Cox reports.

Veldheer finished the 2016 campaign on injured reserve after sustaining a partially torn triceps in late October. However, he recently implied he was cleared to resume weightlifting in late January or early February and should be back to full strength when offseason workouts commence in April.

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Cardinals' Jeremy Ross: Re-signs with Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals and Ross agreed to a one-year contract Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

After releasing Michael Floyd in mid-December, the Cardinals brought in Ross as wide receiver depth. Ross made appearances in the final two games of the season, the latter of which he hauled in all four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during a 44-6 romping of the Rams. His likely ticket to sticking in Arizona is his return ability, as the Cardinals ranked 16th in average kickoff return and 30th in average punt return in 2016.

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Cardinals' Tony Jefferson: Expected to reach open market
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jefferson (knee) is expected to reach the open market once free agency begins on March 9, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Less than one year removed from receiving little interest as a restricted free agent, Jefferson will likely garner offers left and right once organizations can contact unrestricted free agents on March 7. Before reaching the final days of the 2016 league year, though, the Cardinals can negotiate with the safety, who exploded for a career-best 96 tackles (78 solo), despite missing the season finale due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain. The organization is handcuffed due to the presence of fellow unrestricted free agent defenders Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones, hence the reason Jefferson is expected to be available upon the opening of free agency.

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Cardinals' Chandler Jones: In line for Cards' franchise tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals are expected to place their franchise tag on Jones, the Arizona Republic reports.

The NFL has entered the two-week stretch in which organizations can utilize both the franchise and transition tags, but decisions must be made by 4 PM ET on March 1. If the Cardinals make such a call, as expected, the two sides will have until July 15 to reach agreement on a multi-year contract. If terms aren't reached, though, Jones will play under a salary in excess of $15 million next season. No matter what comes to pass, he's slated to form a formidable pass-rushing duo with Markus Golden, who both reached double-digit sacks in 2016.

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Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald: Feels 'much better' physically
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fitzgerald is "much better" physically than he was at the end of the regular season, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Although Fitzgerald didn't shed light on his health often during the Cardinals' underwhelming campaign, he frequently received the oft-used "veteran rest day" in order to avoid undue physical stress during practice. In advance of the Super Bowl, though, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Fitzgerald "got beat up, was dealing with several nagging injuries" in 2016. Fitzgerald took time to make a decision on his future, which was seemingly tied to that of quarterback Carson Palmer. Upon opting to return as of Feb. 1, Palmer made a similar call last Thursday, ensuring the duo will suit up together for the fifth year in a row.

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