|Offense||9th||106.8 (17th)||262.3 (9th)|
|Defense||1st||98.9 (11th)||195.1 (2nd)|
|65||Boggs, Taylor||C||6-3||302||2/20/1987||4||Humboldt State|
|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|
|20||Bucannon, Deone||OLB||6-1||211||8/30/1992||3||Washington 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.)|
|15||Floyd, Michael||WR||6-2||220||11/27/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|10||Golden, Brittan||WR||5-11||186||7/20/1988||3||West Texas A&M|
|95||Gunter, Rodney||NT||6-5||305||1/19/1992||2||Delaware State|
|75||John, Ulrick||T||6-5||307||5/20/1992||3||Georgia 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|
|32||Mathieu, Tyrann||FS||5-9||186||5/13/1992||4||Louisiana State|
|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|
|29||Simon, Tharold||CB||6-3||202||3/6/1991||4||Louisiana 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||DT||6-2||309||1/18/1992||2||Northern Iowa|
|30||Bouka, Elie (IR)||DB||6-1||205||8/15/1992||R||Calgary|
|13||Brown, Jaron (IR)||WR||6-2||205||1/8/1990||4||Clemson|
|59||Fua, Alani (IR)||OLB||6-5||234||1/1/1992||2||Brigham Young|
|43||Jenkins, Mike (IR)||DB||5-10||197||3/22/1985||9||South Florida|
|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|
|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|
|4||Dysert, Zac||QB||6-3||221||2/8/1990||2||Miami (Ohio)|
|Hartfield, Trevon||DB||6-0||195||11/17/1991||R||Southwestern Oklahoma State|
|Hubert, Chris||WR||5-9||170||5/8/1993||R||Fayetteville State|
|Leonhardt, Brian||TE||6-5||255||4/2/1990||2||Bemidji State|
|34||Miller, Harlan||CB||6-0||182||6/20/1994||R||Southeastern Louisiana|
|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 earned the starting spot opposite Patrick Peterson in Week 1 almost by default due to Justin Bethel's lingering foot injury and the placement of Mike Jenkins (knee) and Elie Bouka (hamstring) on injured reserve. Among other faux pas, Williams was burned off the line by the Patriots' Julian Edelman for an easy touchdown in that contest, spurring the Cardinals to test recent addition Marcus Cooper in Week 2. Cooper took full advantage with two interceptions of Jameis Winston and has now notched exactly seven tackles in back-to-back games. Thus, Williams has thus been relegated to special teams duty for the time being.
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.
Resigned to the practice squad only Tuesday, Hubert appears to have bested notable tryout Aaron Dobson for the roster spot available following Jaron Brown's (knee) placement on injured reserve. Hubert fared well in the preseason, recording five receptions for 96 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown. Although the Cardinals are suffering through a handful of injuries to wideouts -- Michael Floyd (hamstring) and John Brown (leg) -- Hubert will be hard-pressed to make an impact from the bottom of the depth chart.
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.
Completing his first uncapped practice since landing on the injury report last week, the dollar linebacker should resemble his versatile self Sunday in Atlanta. With 7.4 tackles per game on the season, Bucannon is on pace for a career-best 118 stops.
John had been on the Dolphins practice squad but with the Cardinals needing a depth lineman they picked him up. It's unlikely he sees the field any time soon unless the team gets desperate at offensive line.
Jefferson opened the season as tackle machine, racking up at least nine in four consecutive games. He's since topped out at seven stops in a given contest and yielded the team lead to Deone Bucannon, but the first Pro Bowl season of Jefferson's career continues unabated. As evidence, Jefferson entered Week 10 with the top grade among safeties against the run, per Pro Football Focus, helping to alleviate Tyrann Mathieu's (shoulder) underwhelming return from another torn ACL.
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.
With a pair of rushes for 14 yards, including one for 12 yards, Taylor matched his carry count on the season. Active for the fifth time in six games, Taylor has been afforded just nine offensive snaps this season, as special teams is his domain with 99 snaps in that realm to date. Expect garbage time to be the extent of his work with the offense as long as the top-2 running backs read David Johnson and Andre Ellington.
Arizona went the small-school route yet again Saturday by taking another secondary player out of a non-FBS program, nabbing Miller out of Southeastern Louisiana. Miller has decent size for a corner, checking in at 6-0, 182 with 31 3/8-inch arms. He lacks elite speed for the position, however, running a 4.57, 40-yard dash at his pro day, but he has been lauded for his fluidity in coverage and his willingness as a tackler. Miller looks to be a project at the next level, but Arizona is an excellent landing spot for developmental defensive backs.
Catanzaro was afforded a trio of opportunities before halftime, including a 54-yard boot as the final seconds ticked off the clock. If the Cardinals' offensive rhythm had extended to the second half, a season-best performance was possible, but it wasn't meant to be. With one perfect outing after another, he's been one of the team's most consistent performers. However, the lack of explosiveness from Carson Palmer and company hasn't yielded the fruit of Catanzaro's first two seasons, when he averaged 7.1 and 8.6 points per game, respectively. In the current campaign, Catanzaro rings in at 6.1 points, which ranks 25th among kickers.
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.
For the third time in five games, Golden earned at least 20 snaps, but the increased usage didn't translate to the box score, as he managed one catch (on three targets) for negative one yard. Pressed into action when John Brown was lost due to a hamstring injury, Golden was less than so, but his own groin limited his practice reps last week and may have had a similar impact Sunday. Nonetheless, Golden may be able to sustain the aforementioned usage if Brown requires some time off.
Entering the contest, Fitzgerald's average line was 7.4 catches (on 10.6 targets) for 74.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns, meaning Sunday's output is merely the baseline for the wideout at this point in his career. In fact, the four targets were his fewest since Week 17 of the 2014 season, a span of 29 games (including playoffs). Therefore, Fitzgerald is a great bet to get back in the act next Sunday against a Redskins defense that has given up 13.5 YPC to wide receivers in the current campaign.
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.
Taking a seat for the third time in four games, Mathieu is enduring yet another lost season due to injury. At the moment, his previously subluxed shoulder is ailing him, which will place the recently-activated Tyvon Branch into the slot corner role.
Dysert was promoted to the active roster as a result of Carson Palmer being out with a concussion, but then released with Palmer on the mend. Luckily for Dysert, the team has decided to keep him as part of the team, where he will continue to be available on the practice squad should Arizona go through any more quarterback troubles.
Moore was released alongside fellow linebacker Sam Barrington as the Chiefs made a series of moves Tuesday. Moore has now been cut by two separate teams so far this season and failed to record a single stat during his stint with the Chiefs. He'll now look to find his way onto yet another roster looking to bolster their linebacker corp.
Golden has been amazing at getting to the quarterback, as he's recorded a sack in each week of the season, but this was the first game in which he recorded more than a single sack, giving him six on the season. In addition, he had a season-high 10 tackles, and he's now recorded at least six tackles in two of his last three games. Until he shows signs of slowing down, he's an automatic starter in 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.
Branch -- who hasn't suited up since Week 4 -- was one of three viable candidates Arizona could have chosen to bring back from IR. While it's unclear when he'll first be ready to play again, his impending availability should bolster a defensive unit that has surrendered at least 30 points in each of the past two weeks.
Nelson jumped John Brown in terms of snap count in Week 12 -- 37 versus 26 -- but there's a logical explanation. Brown was removed from the contest due to an unknown hamstring injury. Barely surpassing Brown's one catch for 19 yards, Nelson's usage has waned in four consecutive games, as has his output. Over the past three contests, Nelson has reeled in a miserable five of 15 passes for 59 yards, indicating that Carson Palmer's deep shots have been awry during that stretch.
Working behind a piecemeal offensive line, Palmer was again forced to the air 40-plus times for the fourth time in five games. On the other three occasions, he managed to reach 300 yards, but not this time around for one reason. The Falcons ramped up the pressure in the second half, notching two sacks and the game-sealing interception with 1:22 remaining. The result was four drives in which the Cardinals went punt, turnover on downs, touchdown, and the aforementioned pick, cobbling together just one drive greater than four minutes. Palmer will attempt to turn it around next Sunday against the Redskins' 18th-ranked pass defense.
It was a struggle to generate any big plays for Penny, as he managed a long run of just six yards and averaged 2.9 yards per carry. He is seemingly buried on the depth chart at the moment behind Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson, Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor for backup duties behind David Johnson, and Friday's performance did little to boost his stock.
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.
The questionables are linebacker Jonathan Bostic (back) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad). Safety Chris Conte (concussion), offensive lineman Roberto Garza (ankle), nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) are all probable.
Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.
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.
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.
In essence, Ellington only takes the field when David Johnson needs a breather, and the latter is one of the NFL's workhorse backs, as he's one of four players with at least 260 touches to this point in the season. Ellington is thus relegated to whatever he can get, which resulted in two receptions in a game for just the second time in the campaign. If status quo reigns in the Cardinals' backfield, he can expect 2-to-3 looks on a weekly basis.
Williams has shuttled between the free-agent market and the Cardinals' practice squad and 53-man roster in the current campaign, but his first game action since Week 17 of last season awaits. Head coach Bruce Arians will instead roll with Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor behind workhorse running back David Johnson.
Head coach Bruce Arians revealed Monday that Johnson dislocated a finger Sunday in Atlanta, but he deemed the running back "OK" in the next sentence. Clearly, Johnson is just that, as he handled every practice rep Wednesday. Although the ailment could impact his ball security Sunday against the Redskins, he has lost just one fumble among 265 touches this season. Even if Johnson faces yet another stacked box, Washington's defense has been ripped by running backs this season, allowing 131 yards from scrimmage per game and 14 touchdowns across 11 contests.
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 has notched a sack in all but three games this season and he's been an outstanding IDP option on that production alone. However, he's also added three forced fumbles, giving him excellent weekly upside due to his playmaking ability.
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.
As an interior lineman, this stat line was a major jackpot for those who have Campbell in IDP leagues. The sacks he recorded were his first of the year, and he's averaging just three tackles per contest. In leagues that require a defensive tackle on the roster, he does have upside, though it won't likely be reached on a regular basis.
Floyd was limited both Wednesday and Thursday due to a hamstring ailment, but his full session Friday cleared any concern over his status heading into Sunday, when fellow wideout John Brown's (illness) questionable tag could stand to benefit him.
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.
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.
Gresham is already past the illness that forced a DNP on Wednesday. With touchdowns in back-to-back games, he'll try to make it three Sunday against a Redskins defense that has conceded three TDs to tight ends over the last four outings.
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.
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.
One week removed from being ruled out of a contest with hamstring cramps, Brown will take the field after maxing out at two limited practice sessions. His snap count has wavered all season, likely due to a sickle-cell trait, but he's handled at least 28 in the 10 games in which he's appeared. With that knowledge, he's difficult to tab in lineups, even versus a Washington defense that has given up 184.4 yards per game and four receiving touchdowns to wideouts over the last five outings.
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.
Avoiding the injury report for the first time since Week 2, Nkemdiche will nonetheless take a seat against the 49ers' zone-read scheme, as intimated Tuesday by head coach Bruce Arians. "His ankle looks fine," Arians said of the rookie. "This is a game where if you're in the wrong gap, it's going to be a 50-yard run, so I'm not sure I'm ready to put him in there. We'll see." With a bye week on tap, Nkemdiche's next chance to suit up arrives on Oct. 17 against the Jets.
Mathieu and Fanaika had been previously ruled out, while the team's other players on the final injury report are all active.
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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