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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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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
28Bethel, Justin CB6-02006/17/19905Presbyterian
70Boehm, Evan G6-23108/19/1993RMissouri
46Brewer, Aaron LS6-52307/5/19905San Diego State
12Brown, John WR5-111794/3/19903Pittsburg State
25Bryant, Christian DB5-101983/21/19922Ohio State
18Bundy, Marquis WR6-42158/5/1994RNew Mexico State
93Campbell, Calais DE6-83009/1/19869Miami (Fla.)
7Catanzaro, Chandler K6-32002/26/19913Clemson
41Cooper, Marcus CB6-21922/1/19904Rutgers
37Dixon, Brian DB6-01954/26/19903Northwest Missouri State
4Dysert, 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
10Golden, Brittan WR5-111867/20/19883West Texas A&M
44Golden, Markus OLB6-32603/13/19912Missouri
52Gooden, Zaviar LB6-12318/31/19903Missouri
84Gresham, Jermaine TE6-52606/16/19887Oklahoma
95Gunter, Rodney DE6-53051/19/19922Delaware State
41Hartfield, Trevon DB6-019511/17/1991RSouthwestern Oklahoma State
74Humphries, D.J. T6-530712/28/19932Florida
76Iupati, Mike G6-53315/12/19877Idaho
31Johnson, David RB6-122412/16/19912Northern Iowa
55Jones, Chandler OLB6-52652/27/19905Syracuse
96Martin, Kareem LB6-62722/19/19923North Carolina
97Mauro, Josh DE6-62822/17/19913Stanford
34Miller, Harlan FS6-01826/20/1994RSoutheastern Louisiana
51Minter, Kevin MLB6-024612/3/19904Louisiana State
54Moore, Sio OLB6-12455/2/19904Connecticut
14Nelson, J.J. WR5-101604/24/19922Alabama-Birmingham
90Nkemdiche, Robert DT6-32969/19/1994RMississippi
57Okafor, Alex OLB6-42612/8/19914Texas
3Palmer, Carson QB6-523512/27/197914USC
98Peters, Corey NT6-33056/8/19887Kentucky
21Peterson, Patrick CB6-12037/11/19906Louisiana State
72Pierre, Olsen DT6-52938/27/19911Miami (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. FS5-102052/12/19894South Carolina
30Taylor, Stepfan RB5-92166/9/19914Stanford
61Toner, Cole G6-53003/13/1994RHarvard
89Valles, Hakeem TE6-526011/23/1992RMonmouth (N.J.)
78Watford, Earl G6-33006/24/19904James Madison
73Wetzel, John T6-73287/18/19911Boston College
6Wile, Matt P6-22156/20/1992RMichigan
26Williams, Brandon CB5-112009/9/1992RTexas A&M
33Williams, Kerwynn RB5-81986/9/19913Utah State
94Williams, Xavier NT6-23091/18/19922Northern Iowa
58Wright, Scooby ILB6-02408/28/1994RArizona
Injured Players
65Boggs, Taylor (IR) C6-33022/20/19874Humboldt State
30Bouka, Elie (IR) DB6-12058/15/1992RCalgary
27Branch, Tyvon (IR) DB6-021012/11/19869Connecticut
13Brown, Jaron (IR) WR6-22051/8/19904Clemson
20Bucannon, Deone (IR) OLB6-12118/30/19923Washington State
59Fua, Alani (IR) OLB6-52341/1/19922Brigham Young
22Jefferson, Tony (IR) SS5-112121/27/19924Oklahoma
43Jenkins, Mike (IR) DB5-101973/22/19859South Florida
75John, Ulrick (IR) T6-53075/20/19923Georgia State
23Johnson, Chris (IR) RB5-112039/23/19859East Carolina
50Martin, Gabe (IR) LB6-22366/5/19921Bowling Green State
32Mathieu, Tyrann (IR) FS5-91865/13/19924Louisiana State
69Mathis, Evan (IR) G6-530111/1/198112Alabama
80Momah, Ifeanyi (IR) TE6-725510/23/19892Boston College
87Niklas, Troy (IR) TE6-62709/18/19923Notre Dame
68Veldheer, Jared (IR) T6-83216/14/19877Hillsdale
Practice Squad
 Capi, Cap LB6-32497/11/19921Akron
 Cliett, Reshard OLB6-22224/29/19922South Florida
 Epps, Aaron T6-630511/16/1992RLouisville
 Hall, Marvin WR5-101904/10/1993RWashington
 Hubert, Chris WR5-91705/8/1993RFayetteville State
 Johnson, Kaleb G6-43002/22/19931Rutgers
 Leonhardt, Brian TE6-52554/2/19902Bemidji State
 Munyer, Daniel C6-13053/4/19921Colorado
35Penny, Elijhaa RB6-22348/17/1993RIdaho
 Zamort, Ronald CB5-1017411/10/1991RWestern Michigan
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Arizona6-5311.76-4296.726.22237
 
 
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Position Listing
Corey Peters
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Brandon Williams
News
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
News
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
News
Wright signed a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Adam Scheftner of ESPN.com 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
News
Minter posted seven tackles (six solo), including two tackles for loss, in Sunday's tie with the Seahawks.

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.

Reshard Cliett
News
Cliett (hamstring) has returned to practice, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Chris Hubert
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Cap Capi
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Trevon Hartfield
No Updates
Ulrick John
News
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.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Brian Dixon
News
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
News
The Cardinals placed Jefferson (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com 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.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Injured Reserve
Elie Bouka
News
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.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Stepfan Taylor
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Swearinger was listed as the Cardinals' starting strong safety on the initial depth chart of training camp, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

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.

Brittan Golden
News
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
News
Fitzgerald reeled in five of seven passes for 43 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 44-6 victory in Los Angeles.

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.

Justin Bethel
News
Bethel (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.

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.

Frostee Rucker
News
Rucker (knee) is active and will play in Thursday's Week 5 tilt against San Francisco, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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.

Tyrann Mathieu
News
Mathieu (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Zac Dysert
News
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
News
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
News
Golden registered a pair of sacks along with three tackles in Saturday's 34-31 win over the Seahawks.

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.

Aaron Epps
No Updates
Evan Mathis
News
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.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Patrick Peterson
News
Peterson (knee) does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Redskins after fully practicing Friday.

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.

John Wetzel
News
The Cowboys signed defensive back Jemea Thomas and offensive tackle John Wetzel to the practice squad Tuesday.
D.J. Humphries
News
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. 

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
A.Q. Shipley
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Groin - Injured Reserve
J.J. Nelson
News
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
News
Palmer completed 20 of 38 passes for 255 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception during Sunday's 44-6 throttling of the Rams.

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.

Elijhaa Penny
News
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
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Kareem Martin
News
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
News
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
News
Cooper (back) is active for Sunday's game at Los Angeles, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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.

Marquis Bundy
News
Bundy was released by the Cardinals on Friday, Mike Jurecki of AZCentral.com 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.

Brian Leonhardt
News
Leonhardt has signed with the Vikings.

Leonhardt joins his home state Vikings with merely seven catches, 39 receiving yards and one touchdown to his name since entering the league in 2014. With such meager production, Leonhardt is more valuable to Minnesota than fantasy owners at this point.

Darren Fells
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Johnson suffered an MCL sprain in Sunday's win over the Rams, but will not have to undergo surgery.

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.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Alani Fua
News
Fua 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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Chandler Jones
News
Regarding Jones' contract status for 2017, coach Bruce Arians said Jones "is not going anywhere" and implied the franchise tag is a possibility if the two sides are unable to agree to an extension, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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.

Xavier Williams
No Updates
Aaron Brewer
News
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
News
Campbell scored a touchdown while adding a pair of sacks and four tackles in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

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.

Marvin Hall
No Updates
Ed Stinson
News
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
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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.

Injury
Triceps - Injured Reserve
Jermaine Gresham
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Momah (wrist) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

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.

Injury
Wrist - Injured Reserve
John Brown
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Brown hauled in 39 of 72 passes for 517 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games during the 2016 season.

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.

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

Injury
Groin - Injured Reserve
Jaron Brown
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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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Kaleb Johnson
No Updates
Alex Okafor
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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
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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.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Josh Mauro
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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
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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.

Injury
Wrist - Injured Reserve
 
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