|Offense||9th||108.2 (18th)||258.5 (9th)|
|Defense||2nd||94.9 (9th)||210.3 (4th)|
|46||Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||230||7/5/1990||5||San Diego State|
|12||Brown, John||WR||5-11||179||4/3/1990||3||Pittsburg State|
|25||Bryant, Christian||DB||5-10||198||3/21/1992||2||Ohio State|
|18||Bundy, Marquis||WR||6-4||215||8/5/1994||R||New Mexico State|
|93||Campbell, Calais||DE||6-8||300||9/1/1986||9||Miami (Fla.)|
|37||Dixon, Brian||DB||6-0||195||4/26/1990||3||Northwest Missouri State|
|4||Dysert, Zac||QB||6-3||221||2/8/1990||2||Miami (Ohio)|
|10||Golden, Brittan||WR||5-11||186||7/20/1988||3||West Texas A&M|
|95||Gunter, Rodney||DE||6-5||305||1/19/1992||2||Delaware State|
|41||Hartfield, Trevon||DB||6-0||195||11/17/1991||R||Southwestern Oklahoma State|
|31||Johnson, David||RB||6-1||224||12/16/1991||2||Northern Iowa|
|96||Martin, Kareem||LB||6-6||272||2/19/1992||3||North Carolina|
|34||Miller, Harlan||FS||6-0||182||6/20/1994||R||Southeastern Louisiana|
|51||Minter, Kevin||MLB||6-0||246||12/3/1990||4||Louisiana State|
|21||Peterson, Patrick||CB||6-1||203||7/11/1990||6||Louisiana State|
|72||Pierre, Olsen||DT||6-5||293||8/27/1991||1||Miami (Fla.)|
|53||Shipley, A.Q.||C||6-1||307||5/22/1986||5||Penn State|
|5||Stanton, Drew||QB||6-3||243||5/7/1984||10||Michigan State|
|36||Swearinger, D.J.||FS||5-10||205||2/12/1989||4||South Carolina|
|89||Valles, Hakeem||TE||6-5||260||11/23/1992||R||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|78||Watford, Earl||G||6-3||300||6/24/1990||4||James Madison|
|73||Wetzel, John||T||6-7||328||7/18/1991||1||Boston College|
|26||Williams, Brandon||CB||5-11||200||9/9/1992||R||Texas A&M|
|33||Williams, Kerwynn||RB||5-8||198||6/9/1991||3||Utah State|
|94||Williams, Xavier||NT||6-2||309||1/18/1992||2||Northern Iowa|
|65||Boggs, Taylor (IR)||C||6-3||302||2/20/1987||4||Humboldt State|
|30||Bouka, Elie (IR)||DB||6-1||205||8/15/1992||R||Calgary|
|27||Branch, Tyvon (IR)||DB||6-0||210||12/11/1986||9||Connecticut|
|13||Brown, Jaron (IR)||WR||6-2||205||1/8/1990||4||Clemson|
|20||Bucannon, Deone (IR)||OLB||6-1||211||8/30/1992||3||Washington State|
|59||Fua, Alani (IR)||OLB||6-5||234||1/1/1992||2||Brigham Young|
|22||Jefferson, Tony (IR)||SS||5-11||212||1/27/1992||4||Oklahoma|
|43||Jenkins, Mike (IR)||DB||5-10||197||3/22/1985||9||South Florida|
|75||John, Ulrick (IR)||T||6-5||307||5/20/1992||3||Georgia State|
|23||Johnson, Chris (IR)||RB||5-11||203||9/23/1985||9||East Carolina|
|50||Martin, Gabe (IR)||LB||6-2||236||6/5/1992||1||Bowling Green State|
|32||Mathieu, Tyrann (IR)||FS||5-9||186||5/13/1992||4||Louisiana State|
|69||Mathis, Evan (IR)||G||6-5||301||11/1/1981||12||Alabama|
|80||Momah, Ifeanyi (IR)||TE||6-7||255||10/23/1989||2||Boston College|
|87||Niklas, Troy (IR)||TE||6-6||270||9/18/1992||3||Notre Dame|
|68||Veldheer, Jared (IR)||T||6-8||321||6/14/1987||7||Hillsdale|
|Cliett, Reshard||OLB||6-2||222||4/29/1992||2||South Florida|
|Hubert, Chris||WR||5-9||170||5/8/1993||R||Fayetteville State|
|Leonhardt, Brian||TE||6-5||255||4/2/1990||2||Bemidji State|
|Zamort, Ronald||CB||5-10||174||11/10/1991||R||Western Michigan|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Martin is a depth linebacker and special teamer. The Cardinals promoted Zaviar Gooden from the practice squad to take his place.
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.
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.
With 5.3 tackles per game, Minter is behind last season's pace (5.9 per) but has put together a more well-rounded game log to date. He's already surpassed his sack total entering the campaign, racking up 2.5 to bring his career total to four. Moreover, he's tacked on four tackles for loss, including a stop of Christine Michael for minus-five yards Sunday to push the Seahawks to third and 25 early in the fourth quarter. On the year, the starting ILB pair of Minter and Deone Bucannon have held down the fort in the middle of the Cardinals' defense, helping to keep opponents out of the end zone for nine consecutive quarters.
Cliett suffered an injury on the first day of full contact drills and hasn't practiced in two weeks. The former safety has bulked up since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of South Florida and is now considered a linebacker, but needs to build up reps and get on the field for games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surprisingly, Swearinger appears before Tyvon Branch, who was the Cardinals' notable offseason addition to the secondary. Swearinger may have a leg up due to his spell in Arizona last season, but ultimately their participation in the preseason will determine who gets to operate next to a healthy Tyrann Mathieu (knee), once he's cleared for action.
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.
As Fitzgerald wraps up his 13th professional season, he was extending personal records on a weekly basis and setting the occasional NFL record. Sunday was no different, as his fifth and final catch of the day was a five-yard TD strike from Carson Palmer, ensuring a league-leading 107 catches for the campaign and becoming the first player the top the NFL in receptions 11 yards apart (2005 and 2016). While Fitzgerald is under contract for another year, he intends to take a wait-and-see approach with his future. If he's indeed laced up the cleats for the last time, he proved that he went out in tip-top shape, hauling in 71.3 percent of the passes thrown his way for 1,023 yards and six scores.
Bethel was limited in practice throughout the week due to a minor foot issue, but he'll ultimately be able to suit up in week 12. He'll provide depth at cornerback behind Patrick Peterson and Marcus Cooper.
Rucker was questionable in the lead up to Thursday's game after sitting out since injurying his knee in Week 1. He practiced in a limited fashion this week and will be expected to slide back into the starting lineup, meaning that Rodney Gunter will likely see a reduction in reps.
Mathieu featured in only two of Arizona's last six games due to a shoulder problem, which will see him end a second straight season on injured reserve. Coming off last year's ACL tear, Mathieu finished with merely 35 tackles, one sack and one interception in 10 appearances this term. With Mathieu unavailable for the final two regular season games, the Cardinals promoted safety Trevon Hartfield from their practice squad.
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.
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.
After going without a sack in five straight games, Golden has notched four sacks over his last five contests to give him 10 on the season. The second-year linebacker is emerging as an elite playmaker, and will be worthy of a high draft pick in 2017 IDP leagues.
The deal that brought Mathis to Denver is worth $4 million.
Peterson sat out Wednesday's practice due to knee soreness but increased his workload as the week unfolded, culminating with a full session Friday to remove any questions regarding his availability to face Washington's high-powered passing attack.
Humphries was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Florida.
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.
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.
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.
Despite losing David Johnson to an unsightly knee injury in the first quarter, Palmer posted a respectable line by game's end, utilizing all weapons at his disposal. As evidence, Palmer targeted 10 different Cardinals, of which seven corralled passes. His favorite on the day (J.J. Nelson) led the way in receiving yards with 75 on a whopping 12 targets, but Larry Fitzgerald, Darren Fells, and Jeremy Ross were beneficiaries of touchdown catches. With playoff hopes dashed weeks ago, Palmer ends his fourth campaign in Arizona with a career-high 597 pass attempts but was unable to approach his career season from 2015, notching a completion percentage of 61.0 to go with 4,233 yards and a 26:14 TD:INT ratio across 15 contests.
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.
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.
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.
Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.
Working with a back injury in tow, Cooper was limited in each practice this week. Nevertheless, he'll return from a back injury and take on his typical role as the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good news for one of the league's top backs this season, as he'll now shift his focus to nursing the sprain in the hopes of not missing any offseason workouts. Johnson ended his campaign with 293 rushing attempts for 1239 yards and 16 touchdowns to go along with 80 receptions for 879 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. The 25-year-old will enter next season as one of the top fantasy options because of his explosiveness on both the ground and through the air. Look for more updates on his injury to come throughout the offseason.
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.
Jones was traded to Arizona in March of 2016 and instantly provided a pass-rushing force for the Cardinals. He ultimately notched 11 sacks during his first season in the desert and figures to retain IDP relevance for as long as Jones is a member of this talented defensive unit.
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.
Although Campbell has surpassed four tackles just once this season, his six sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception make him an excellent upside option as an interior lineman in IDP leagues.
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's only questionable player, Jaron Brown, is also active. He's dealing with a toe injury.
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.
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.
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.
Momah suffered a broken wrist in Sunday's loss to the Panthers that ultimately will end his season after five games. In five games, he recorded two receptions for 50 yards as the Cardinals fourth-string tight end. He is expected to come to an injury settlement with the team.
Heading into training camp, the Cardinals boasted arguably the deepest corps of wideouts in the NFL, with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Brown, and second-year pro J.J. Nelson among its ranks. Almost immediately, though, the hard knocks began to trickle in, first in the form of a concussion that wiped away all preseason action for Brown. While he was able to suit up in the regular season opener, his production wavered significantly from week to week, as he recorded exactly one reception on three occasions and tallied five-plus catches in the others, including 10 grabs and 144 yards in Week 4. However, the campaign took a dark turn upon his diagnosis of a sickle-cell trait in Week 7. During his final nine appearances of the season, his share of the offensive snaps experienced wild swings, ranging from 28 to 81 percent. The preceding was likely dependent upon the level of fatigue induced in a given contest, but he rarely made his presence felt, resulting in career lows across the board by season's end. As he embarks on the offseason, his and the Cardinals' focus will be on controlling the trait so he can reestablish himself as the deep threat he represented prior to 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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