Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th108.2 (18th)258.5 (9th)
Defense2nd94.9 (9th)210.3 (4th)
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28Bethel, Justin DB6-02006/17/19905Presbyterian
70Boehm, Evan C6-23108/19/1993RMissouri
65Boggs, Taylor C6-33022/20/19873Humboldt State
30Bouka, Elie DB6-12058/15/1992RCalgary
27Branch, Tyvon DB6-021012/11/19869Connecticut
 Brewer, Aaron LS6-52307/5/19905San Diego State
12Brown, John WR5-111794/3/19903Pittsburg State
13Brown, Jaron WR6-22051/8/19904Clemson
25Bryant, Christian DB5-101983/21/19922Ohio State
20Bucannon, Deone DB6-12118/30/19923Washington State
 Bundy, Marquis WR6-42158/5/1994RNew Mexico State
93Campbell, Calais DT6-83009/1/19869Miami (Fla.)
 Capi, Cap DE6-32497/11/19921Akron
7Catanzaro, Chandler K6-32002/26/19913Clemson
41Cooper, Marcus DB6-21922/1/19904Rutgers
37Dixon, Brian DB6-01954/26/19903Northwest Missouri State
 Dobson, Aaron WR6-32057/23/19914Marshall
 Dysert, Zac QB6-32212/8/19902Miami (Ohio)
38Ellington, Andre RB5-91992/3/19894Clemson
85Fells, Darren TE6-72814/22/19863California-Irvine
11Fitzgerald, Larry WR6-32188/31/198313Pittsburgh
59Fua, Alani LB6-52341/1/19922Brigham Young
 Golden, Brittan WR5-111867/20/19883West Texas A&M
44Golden, Markus DE6-32603/13/19912Missouri
52Gooden, Zaviar LB6-12318/31/19902Missouri
 Gresham, Jermaine TE6-52606/16/19887Oklahoma
95Gunter, Rodney DT6-53051/19/19922Delaware State
 Hall, Marvin WR5-101904/10/1993RWashington
41Hartfield, Trevon SAF6-019511/17/1991RSouthwestern Oklahoma State
 Hubert, Chris WR5-91705/8/1993RFayetteville State
74Humphries, D.J. T6-530712/28/19932Florida
76Iupati, Mike G6-53315/12/19877Idaho
22Jefferson, Tony DB5-112121/27/19924Oklahoma
43Jenkins, Mike DB5-101973/22/19859South Florida
75John, Ulrick T6-53075/20/19923Georgia State
31Johnson, David RB6-122412/16/19912Northern Iowa
23Johnson, Chris RB5-112039/23/19859East Carolina
 Johnson, Kaleb G6-43002/22/19931Rutgers
55Jones, Chandler DE6-52652/27/19905Syracuse
 Leone, Richie P6-32143/10/1992RHouston
50Martin, Gabe LB6-22366/5/19921Bowling Green State
96Martin, Kareem DE6-62722/19/19923North Carolina
32Mathieu, Tyrann DB5-91865/13/19924Louisiana State
69Mathis, Evan G6-530111/1/198112Alabama
97Mauro, Josh DE6-62822/17/19913Stanford
34Miller, Harlan CB6-01826/20/1994RSoutheastern Louisiana
51Minter, Kevin LB6-024612/3/19904Louisiana State
80Momah, Ifeanyi TE6-725510/23/19891Boston College
54Moore, Sio LB6-12455/2/19904Connecticut
 Munyer, Daniel C6-13053/4/19921Colorado
14Nelson, J.J. WR5-101604/24/19922Alabama-Birmingham
87Niklas, Troy TE6-62709/18/19923Notre Dame
90Nkemdiche, Robert DT6-32969/19/1994RMississippi
57Okafor, Alex DE6-42612/8/19914Texas
3Palmer, Carson QB6-523512/27/197914USC
35Penny, Elijhaa RB6-22348/17/1993RIdaho
98Peters, Corey DT6-33056/8/19887Kentucky
21Peterson, Patrick DB6-12037/11/19906Louisiana State
72Pierre, Olsen DE6-52938/27/19911Miami (Fla.)
63Price, Givens DT6-431010/3/1994RNebraska
16Ross, Jeremy WR6-02153/16/19884California
92Rucker, Frostee DE6-32809/14/198311USC
53Shipley, A.Q. C6-13075/22/19865Penn State
5Stanton, Drew QB6-32435/7/198410Michigan State
91Stinson, Ed DE6-42872/15/19903Alabama
36Swearinger, D.J. DB5-102052/12/19894South Carolina
30Taylor, Stepfan RB5-92166/9/19914Stanford
61Toner, Cole T6-53003/13/1994RHarvard
89Valles, Hakeem TE6-526011/23/1992RMonmouth (N.J.)
68Veldheer, Jared T6-83216/14/19877Hillsdale
78Watford, Earl G6-33006/24/19904James Madison
73Wetzel, John G6-73287/18/19911Boston College
6Wile, Matt P6-22156/20/1992RMichigan
26Williams, Brandon CB5-112009/9/1992RTexas A&M
 Williams, Kerwynn RB5-81986/9/19913Utah State
94Williams, Xavier DT6-23091/18/19922Northern Iowa
58Wright, Scooby LB6-02408/29/1994RArizona
 Zamort, Ronald CB5-1017411/10/1991RWestern Michigan
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Position Listing
Corey Peters
Peters (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons.

Peters was forced to sit out of the Cardinals' loss to the Vikings, but will return on Sunday following the one-week absence. He figures to get the start at nose tackle with Xavier Williams providing depth.

Gabe Martin
Martin (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.

Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brandon Williams
Williams (back) is listed as active Saturday in Seattle, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Williams is expected to fill in for starting cornerback Marcus Cooper (back), despite dealing with a stiff back during the week. As a result, Williams may be picked on early and often by Russell Wilson.

Olsen Pierre
No Updates
Rodney Gunter
The Cardinals signed two draft picks on Wednesday, the team announced

Second-rounder linebacker Markus Golden and fourth-round defensive end Rodney Gunter both signed contracts with the team.  

Ronald Zamort
No Updates
Scooby Wright
Wright signed a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Adam Scheftner of reports.

Wright, who was previously with the Browns' practice squad, will join a Cardinals team dealing with several to their linebacking corp. Look for him to play a mostly reserve role until he gets a better understanding of the defensive playbook.

Kevin Minter
Minter racked up 81 tackles (59 solo), including a career-high 3.5 sacks, in 16 games during the 2016 season.

Throughout his fourth campaign, Minter was jostling for the team lead in tackles with Deone Bucannon (ankle) and Tony Jefferson (knee), only to finish third behind the duo, despite both landing on injured reserve within the final three weeks. After being contained to special teams as a rookie and LB depth in 2014, Minter has earned at least 88 percent of the defensive snaps in both of the last two seasons. In fact, the inside linebacker hasn't missed a contest during that stretch, averaging 5.5 tackles per game along the way. Nevertheless, he's only forced one turnover in his career to date, so he may not be as desirable as an unrestricted free agent when the market opens on March 9.

Chris Hubert
Hubert has signed a reserve/future contract with the Cardinals.

Hubert flashed with three receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in Week 3 of the preseason, but it wasn't enough to land a spot on the Cardinals' 53-man roster in advance of the regular season. Called upon in the aftermath of John Brown's midseason diagnosis of a sickle-cell trait, Hubert nonetheless didn't make an appearance in three opportunities before he was released and returned to the practice squad. In addition to his progress through the offseason program, Hubert's professional odds may also hinge on alterations made to the receiving corps, particularly Larry Fitzgerald's decision on his NFL future.

Mike Jenkins
Jenkins (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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Cap Capi
The Jaguars placed defensive end Nordly Capi on the Active/non-football injury list on Tuesday, the team announced. Capi went undrafted out of Akron. 
Deone Bucannon
The 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.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Trevon Hartfield
No Updates
Ulrick John
The Cardinals placed John on injured reserve Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

John earned the first three starts of his career due to a number of injuries across the Cardinals' offensive line. A dislocated shoulder will end his campaign, though, allowing Earl Watford to start at right tackle.

Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brian Dixon
Dixon signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.

Dixon will head down to the desert after being released by the Saints in early November. The Cardinals also brought in safety Christian Bryant on Wednesday, as they hope to bolster their secondary ahead of Week 17's tilt with the Rams.

Tony Jefferson
The 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.

Knee - MCL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Elie Bouka
Bouka (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.

Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Stepfan Taylor
Taylor, who earned 56 percent of the Cardinals' special teams snaps in 2016, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Within a backfield dominated by All-Pro David Johnson, Taylor was almost exclusively contained to special teams this season, earning just 11 snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson (groin), Andre Ellington, and Kerwynn Williams acted as change-of-pace options, depending on the health of the running backs behind David Johnson. Taylor may explore the upcoming free-agent market to learn if a backup RB role is possible elsewhere, but his proficiency as a special teamer may be enough for the four-year pro to remain with the only organization he's ever known.

Daniel Munyer
No Updates
Harlan Miller
Miller was promoted to Arizona's active roster Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Miller was the Cardinals' sixth-round draft pick back in May and he's spent the season on the practice squad. He likely will just provide special teams help and depth at cornerback.

Chandler Catanzaro
Catanzaro hit 21 of 28 field-goal attempts and 43 of 47 extra-point tries during the 2016 campaign.

The Cardinals' offense sputtered more this season than it did during Catanzaro's first two years, but the kicker didn't do himself many favors with occasional bouts of inaccuracy. After missing one field goal and one PAT in the first two games of the season, he proceeded to strike true all but two kicks (both field goals) across the next nine games, seemingly regaining his confidence as the weeks went by. However, he wasn't as precise over the next four outings, missing exactly one field goal in each one, while also hitting astray on three extra points. Catanzaro was able to gain some redemption in Arizona's Week 17 walloping of the Rams, netting successes on all eight attempts, including three field goals. Due to his status as a restricted free agent in the offseason, the Cardinals may opt to go in a different direction, but the more likely scenario is a prove-it deal for Catanzaro and the addition of competition to figure out their placekicker for next season.

D.J. Swearinger
Swearinger produced 66 tackles (58 solo), including two sacks, and three interceptions among eight passes defended in 16 games during the 2016 campaign.

Used sparingly down the stretch in 2015 due to Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL, Swearinger was brought back on a one-year deal in April to provide depth in a safety corps also populated by Tony Jefferson and free-agent pickup Tyvon Branch. The aforementioned trio sans Swearinger earned at least three starts within the first four games of this season, but Branch suffered a groin injury in Week 4 that resulted in a stay on injured reserve, thrusting the former into the starting lineup. Although Branch's return in Week 13 lasted just two games before aggravating the issue and landing back on IR, Swearinger remained a starter for the rest of the year due to Mathieu's slow recovery and midseason shoulder subluxation, allowing just one appearance for the All-Pro after Week 8 until his placement on IR on Dec. 23. Both Mathieu and Branch are locked up through at least 2017, so another significant snap count (78 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016) could come to pass for Swearinger if the Cardinals opt for the cheaper of their two unrestricted free-agent safeties (also, Jefferson).

Brittan Golden
Golden tallied eight receptions (on 14 targets) for 82 yards and one touchdown in 12 contests during the 2016 season.

Golden was unable to nail down a spot on the 53-man roster in the preseason, but as he did in the previous two campaigns, he was promoted from the practice squad, doing so prior to Week 5 on this occasion. As the year wore on and various parts of the roster continued to take hits, he variously made his presence felt in all three phases. Granted, he was only pressed into duty for one snap on defense, but on special teams he averaged 24.2 yards per kickoff return on a team-high 11 dalliances. Although the late-season cut of Michael Floyd may have cleared a path to a guaranteed role in 2017, Golden's future likely depends on Larry Fitzgerald's upcoming decision to stick around (or not), John Brown's health, and any additions at wideout in free agency and the draft.

Cole Toner
No Updates
Larry Fitzgerald
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.

Justin Bethel
Bethel accrued 39 tackles (37 solo), six passes defended (including an interception for a touchdown), one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in 16 contests during the 2016 season.

Near the end of the 2015 season, the Cardinals inked Bethel to a three-year, $15 million contract extension, seemingly with the knowledge that veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers was on the way out as a free agent. Both Powers and Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL) missed time down the stretch, forcing Bethel into the starting lineup in six of the last seven contests (including playoffs). With 38 tackles and one interception during that stretch, Bethel impressed enough to be penciled into the starting corner spot opposite Patrick Peterson in the offseason. However, Bethel's story took a turn for the worse with April foot surgery, which held him out of the offseason program, was aggravated in early July, and contained him to a special teams role once Week 1 arrived. As the secondary took hits on the injury front, Bethel earned three starts over the final eight games -- Weeks 10, 16, and 17 -- in which he tallied 17 tackles and the pick-six. If the starting CB for most of the year, Marcus Cooper, returns after dabbling in unrestricted free agency, Bethel will have competition for a starting gig on this occasion.

Frostee Rucker
Rucker (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.

Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tyrann Mathieu
Head 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.

Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Zac Dysert
The Cardinals promoted Dysert from the practice squad Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

When Carson Palmer missed time earlier this season due to a concussion, Dysert handled backup duties behind Drew Stanton. Dysert's elevation wasn't spurred by a known injury this time around, so perhaps another organization attempted to claim the fourth-year pro.

Sio Moore
Moore (ankle) is listed as active Sunday at Los Angeles, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Moore has been a revelation since taking over for Deone Bucannon at dollar linebacker in Week 15, racking up 25 tackles (16 solo) and a pass defended over the past two games. If his ankle injury afflicts Moore at all, though, he may yield snaps to Zaviar Gooden at ILB.

Markus Golden
Golden secured 51 tackles (41 solo), including a team-high 12.5 sacks, and forced four fumbles in 16 games during the 2016 campaign.

In the Bruce Arians era, the Cardinals ranked in the top half of the NFL in sacks just one time in the first three seasons, boasting the sixth-most in 2013 with 47. With 35 and 36 in the subsequent two years, the front office was proactive last offseason, trading a 2016 second-round pick and disappointing guard Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots for Chandler Jones. The addition of Jones seemed to facilitate the development of Golden, who formed a fearsome pass-rushing combo with the Pro Bowler. Leading the league with 48 sacks this season, the Cardinals were one of two teams to roster a pair of double-digit sack artists -- also, divisional foe Seattle -- as Jones was right on Golden's tail with 11. Entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Jones is a prime candidate to receive the team's franchise tag next month, at the very least. Maintaining consistency along the defensive front should help foster Golden's overall development.

Evan Mathis
The Broncos signed two-time Pro Bowler Evan Mathis to a one-year deal on Tuesday, the team announced.

The deal that brought Mathis to Denver is worth $4 million.

Patrick Peterson
Peterson supplied 51 tackles (45 solo), six passes defended, and three interceptions in 16 contests during the 2016 campaign.

After an offseason in which he underwent ankle surgery, Peterson proved his health in the preseason, getting a few possessions under his belt in both of the first two games. Over the course of the campaign, his practice reps were occasionally impacted, most notably by a left knee injury from a Week 12 battle with Julio Jones. At this point in his career, Peterson is rarely picked on, as evidenced by 21 combined passes defended over the last three years. The lack of looks inhibit his annual interception total and thereby his IDP potential. No matter, he's a mainstay within the Cardinals' secondary, with no DNPs to date through six seasons.

John Wetzel
The Cowboys signed defensive back Jemea Thomas and offensive tackle John Wetzel to the practice squad Tuesday.
Richie Leone
The Ravens waived safety Omar Brown, linebackers Nick DiMarco and Austin Spitler, punter Richie Leone, offensive tackle David Mims, cornerbacks Marrio Norman and Deji Olatoye, receivers LaQuan Williams and Mike Willie and running back Cierre Wood.

Fullback Shaun Chapas and offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten were waived with injury designations. Baltimore also placed defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, guard Will Rackley and defensive end Brent Urban on injured reserve.

D.J. Humphries
The Cardinals signed their last remaining unsigned draft pick on Monday. The team signed offensive lineman D.J. Humphries to a four-year, $8.9 million deal, with a $4.74 million bonus, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Humphries was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Florida. 

Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
A.Q. Shipley
The Cardinals announced that they've signed center A.Q. Shipley to a two-year contract on Wednesday. 

Shipley started five of the 15 games he appeared in for the Colts in 2014, the only season he was with the team. Prior to joining Indianapolis, Shipley spent the 2013 season with the Ravens and started nine games at guard. Shipley also had a previous stint with the Colts in 2012. 

Tyvon Branch
The 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.

Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
J.J. Nelson
Nelson hauled in four of 12 targets for 75 yards during Sunday's 44-6 win at Los Angeles.

Although he was unable to extend his touchdown streak to five games, Nelson still benefited as Carson Palmer's preferred target in Week 17, nearly doubling the seven afforded 2016 reception champ Larry Fitzgerald. Due to Nelson's own volume, it's no surprise that Palmer's sole interception came while aiming at the second-year speedster, but on the very next play, the Rams returned the favor courtesy of a trick play in which a Pharoh Cooper pass intended for Todd Gurley was picked off. As for the other 11 targets, Nelson's two longest connections set up the Cardinals within the five-yard line, resulting in short TD jaunts. Due to his current status as a burner, he may not post a gleaming catch rate until his repertoire is more balanced, but it's difficult to deny that the 34 receptions (on 74 targets) for 568 yards and six touchdowns he accrued this season isn't a positive sign for his future.

Carson Palmer
Palmer has confirmed he will for the 2017 season after considering retirement, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Palmer considered retirement after what he described as the most physically grueling season of his career. His numbers dipped from 2015 to 2016 but he was still an above average quarterback in what was his age-36 season. He'll look to rebound in 2017 from his 26 touchdown, 14 interception, and 14 fumble performance in 2016.

Elijhaa Penny
Penny has signed a reserve/future contract with the Cardinals.

Penny made his mark during the preseason, riding a 113-yard, one-TD showing in the finale to final marks of 49 rushes for 195 yards. However, he was unable eke out a spot in a deep backfield populated by David Johnson, Chris Johnson (groin), Andre Ellington, and Stepfan Taylor. Aside from David Johnson and Kerwynn Williams, the latter trio will be unrestricted free agents once March arrives, forecasting vast changes to the RB depth chart. No matter how the Cardinals proceed in the coming months, Penny seems poised to make further inroads in the offseason program.

Mike Iupati
Iupati (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Iupati was able to log full practices on both Thursday and Friday, so it is no real surprise to see him suiting up for Sunday night's game despite his injured ankle. He should assume his regular position as the Cardinals' starting left guard.

Taylor Boggs
The Cardinals placed Boggs (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Injuries slowly but surely whittled away at the Cardinals' offensive line this season, allowing Boggs to play in five of the last six games, including back-to-back starts before sustaining a shoulder injury Saturday at Seattle. In Boggs' stead, rookie Evan Boehm will start at right guard.

Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kareem Martin
Martin (knee) will be active for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.

Earl Watford
The Cardinals declared guard Earl Watford, tight end Darren Fells, linebackers Desmond Bishop (hamstring) and Glenn Carson, defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe), defensive end Josh Mauro and running back Kerwynn Williams inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Marcus Cooper
Cooper accounted for 69 tackles (63 solo), 11 passes defended, and four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, in 15 games during the 2016 season.

The Cardinals' presumptive No. 2 cornerback, Justin Bethel, entered training camp with an ailing foot and was unable to make inroads on the role. As the preseason unfolded, veteran Mike Jenkins (knee) and rookie Brandon Williams variously attempted to land the gig, but management eventually brought in Cooper via trade from the Chiefs as a last-ditch effort on Sept. 2. Cooper paid immediate dividends, as he tallied a pair of interceptions, including the touchdown return, in Week 2 during a demolition of the Buccaneers. Working opposite Patrick Peterson continued to pay dividends in terms of opportunity, and despite sitting out the penultimate game of the season due to a back injury, Cooper finished as Arizona's fourth-leading tackler. An unrestricted free agent come March, Cooper will likely garner interest on the open market, but for the right price he's a decent bet to land back in the desert.

Marquis Bundy
Bundy was released by the Cardinals on Friday, Mike Jurecki of reports.

Bundy signed with the team in June. He was projected as the ninth receiver on the Cardinals depth chart, so this move is not surprising.

Darren Fells
Fells reeled in 14 of 18 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown in 14 games during the 2016 season.

In Weeks 2 through 4, Fells led the TE group in Arizona in terms of offensive snaps. However, a stringer in the latter contest sidelined Fells with a Thursday outing on tap, allowing Jermaine Gresham to stake a claim to the starting spot. Gresham received a plurality of the workload thereafter, deviating below 77 percent of the snaps on offense just once over the final 12 contests of the year. Considering Fells' age (he turns 31 years old in April) and Gresham's pass-catching acumen, the Cardinals may carry on with the latter as the No. 1 tight end, despite his status as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Fells is a restricted free agent himself, but a tandem of Gresham and 2014 second-round selection Troy Niklas (wrist) could very well be the breakdown at the top of the group in 2017.

Drew Stanton
Stanton will start in place of Carson Palmer (concussion) for Thursday's contest at San Francisco, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

The NFL's protocol for head injuries exists to protect players from returning too soon, and without clearance from an independent neurologist -- let alone an appearance in practice this week -- Palmer won't make the trip to the Bay Area. Consequently, Stanton will handle quarterback duties for the Cardinals in Week 5, as he did in eight starts during the 2014 campaign. Stanton didn't exactly prosper, though, completing 55 percent of his passes, averaging 203 yards per game, and recording a 6:5 TD:INT ratio.

Andre Ellington
Ellington handled 34 carries for 96 yards, corralled 12 of 19 passes for 85 yards, and averaged 16.3 yards on 10 punt returns during the 2016 season.

When a team's backfield is populated by a dynamo like David Johnson, touches are difficult to mine, especially with Chris Johnson receiving mop-up duty in his stead. Even when the latter was lost for the season following sports hernia surgery in early October, Ellington was merely a change-of-pace option, with the younger Johnson more often than not gobbling up all the carries on a weekly basis. Head coach Bruce Arians extended Ellington an olive branch in the form of kick-return duty, but the RB didn't make his presence felt in that realm after Week 10. The final nail in the coffin for Ellington's time with the Cardinals was likely the emergence of Kerwynn Williams, who averaged 8.7 YPC over the final four games of the campaign. As an unrestricted free agent once March rolls around, Ellington may have packed up his locker in Arizona for the final time.

Kerwynn Williams
Williams tallied 18 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns during the 2016 season.

Although he was active in each of the Cardinals' last 10 contests, Williams only received touches over the last four, during which he displayed plenty of explosiveness. Particularly noteworthy was a 49-yard TD dash in Week 15 sans one of his shoes, but he was able to ditch a change-of-pace role in the season finale after David Johnson suffered a nasty knee injury. Acting as the top RB over Andre Ellington for the final three quarters, Williams made sure the Rams respected the ground game with 12 rushes for 60 yards and his other score of the campaign. During his three-year stint in Arizona, Williams has surely impressed in his brief showings, averaging 5.6 YPC and reeling off four runs of 20-plus yards among his 98 carries. Both Ellington and Chris Johnson (groin) enter the offseason as unrestricted free agents, meaning general manager Steve Keim may opt for the cheap and younger option (Williams) as the primary backup to the All-Pro that is David Johnson.

Evan Boehm
No Updates
David Johnson
Johnson (knee) is approaching the end of his rehabilitation from an MCL sprain in his left knee, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

An unsightly knee injury resulted in an abbreviated season finale for Johnson. Fortunately for the running back, he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL, which was expected to require a 6-to-8 week recovery effort. Now in the stretch run, he posted a short video of himself jumping out of a pool last Wednesday, revealing that he's nearly 100 percent. Expect Johnson to embark soon on his preparation for a repeat of his breakout 2016 campaign.

Alani Fua
Fua 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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chandler Jones
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.

Xavier Williams
No Updates
Aaron Brewer
The Broncos have re-signed long snapper Aaron Brewer to a four-yeal deal Thursday, according to the team's official website. The deal will keep him with the team through 2018.

The former undrafted free agent has been with the Broncos for three years.  Since being signed, he's played on every punt, field goal and extra point snap.

Calais Campbell
Campbell compiled 53 tackles (including 34 solo and eight sacks), six passes defended, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and one interception in 16 contests during the 2016 season.

With a pair of viable pass-rushers along for the ride this season -- Chandler Jones and Markus Golden -- Campbell had more room to wreak havoc this season. Although he only set a career high in terms of fumble recoveries, Campbell scooped up one of them and scored the first touchdown of his career from 53 yards out in Week 15 against the Saints. The 30-year-old's resulting 2016 grade on Pro Football Focus was 90.4, which ranked second among interior defenders behind the Rams' Aaron Donald (95.6). Due to the resurgent campaign, Campbell's upcoming price as an unrestricted free agent may be too much for the Cardinals to keep him in the fold with tough decisions to be made elsewhere on the roster.

Marvin Hall
No Updates
Ed Stinson
Stinson (toe) was removed from the Cardinals' injury report Friday.

Stinson missed last week's game against the Falcons due to a toe ailment but practiced in full capacity throughout the entire week. Thus, he appears ready to play again in his usual role as a depth defensive lineman.

Hakeem Valles
No Updates
Jared Veldheer
The Cardinals will have both Larry Fitzgerald and Tyrann Mathieu Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Both players came into the game listed as probable, and were always expected to play. Fitzgerald is battling a knee injury. Mathieu has a thumb issue.

The team will also have Lorenzo Alexander, Calais Campbell, Paul Fanaika, Larry Foote, Jared Veldheer and Kerwynn Williams for the contest. All six players were listed as probable.

The team's only questionable player, Jaron Brown, is also active. He's dealing with a toe injury.

Triceps - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jermaine Gresham
Gresham gathered in 37 of 61 targets for 391 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season.

Blanked in four separate contests, including the season finale, Gresham nonetheless hearkened back to the first five years of his career with the Bengals. In fact, if one prorates the outings in which he recorded a reception to a 16-game slate, he would have accounted for 49 catches, 521 yards, and 2.7 touchdowns. After a nondescript first season in the desert -- 18/223/1 in 15 games -- he garnered interest from a number of organizations last offseason but returned to the Cardinals on a team-friendly one-year, $3 million contract. The recent production will more than likely drive up his market, and with 19 unrestricted free agents to deal with in the coming months, Gresham may have to settle for different climes if the price isn't right in Arizona.

Jeremy Ross
Ross signed a contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Ross' signing comes in the wake of Michael Floyd's release. He'll initially slot in as no more than the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver on the depth chart, but could provide utility on special teams given his return capabilities.

Zaviar Gooden
Gooden was waived by the Lions on Monday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

The Lions added Gooden last week due to several injuries among their linebackers. The team likely feels confident with their health at the position going forward, which explains their decision to waive Gooden.

Matt Wile
Wile was waived by the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Wile was signed a week ago to fill in for the injured Matt Bosher, who now appears to be healed from a hamstring injury. He averaged 58.0 yards per punt in his performance Sunday.

Givens Price
No Updates
Ifeanyi Momah
Momah (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.

Wrist - Questionable for the start of training camp
John Brown
The Cardinals may have found a solution for Brown's sickle-cell trait, reports. "He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue," team president Michael Bidwill said Tuesday. "We'll get Smoke back the way we had him."

After Brown was diagnosed in Week 7, he was missing in action within the Cardinals' offense, surpassing 30 yards receiving in only two of nine contests. For a burner like Brown, his 55.6 percent catch rate (15 receptions on 27 targets) during that stretch wasn't unexpected, but issues with fatigue conspired to inhibit his varied skill set. If an answer to his health woes has been found, he'd be the obvious candidate for third option in the mind of Carson Palmer behind Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. In such a scenario -- and assuming no additions on the receiving front in the offseason -- Brown could hearken back to his first two campaigns, when he hauled in 12 touchdowns and racked up 1,699 yards on 204 targets.

Christian Bryant
Bryant signed a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Bryant was with the Cardinals earlier in November, but only played in two games before being released by the team. Most recently, he's been working with the Giants' practice squad, but due to his familiarity with the Cardinals' playbook, they'll bring him back to their active roster and he could see some time Sunday against the Rams considering Arizona is already out of the playoff hunt.

Chris Johnson
Johnson (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.

Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jaron Brown
The 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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kaleb Johnson
No Updates
Aaron Dobson
The Cardinals signed Dobson to a reserve/future contract Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

A second-round selection of the Patriots in 2013, Dobson's career has floundered, to say the least, as he was active just once this season (with the Lions in Week 4). Although he has 53 career catches, his last one occurred in Week 11 of the 2015 campaign. He'll be afforded an opportunity within a Cardinals receiving corps that is in some flux due the jettisoning of Michael Floyd and potential for Larry Fitzgerald to call it a career.

Alex Okafor
Okafor (calf) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Okafor ended up missing only one game due to his calf injury, and will now assumedly take on his normal position as a reserve linebacker for the Cardinals.

Robert Nkemdiche
Nkemdiche (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.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Josh Mauro
Mauro signed a two-year extension with the Cardinals on Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Mauro was slated to be a restricted-free-agent this offseason but inked a new deal keeping him in desert through at least the 2018 season. In 15 games this season, the defensive tackle recorded a career-best 42 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss. At 25 years old, Mauro will head into next season as the likely right defensive end starter.

Troy Niklas
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, 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.

Wrist - Questionable for the start of training camp

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