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Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st119.8 (8th)288.5 (2nd)
Defense5th91.2 (5th)230.4 (8th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
58Babin, Jason (FA) DE6-32675/24/198012Western Michigan
9Barkley, Matt QB6-22279/8/19904USC
28Bethel, Justin CB6-02006/17/19905Presbyterian
 Boggs, Taylor C6-33022/20/19874Humboldt State
 Branch, Tyvon DB6-021012/11/19869Connecticut
35Brooks, Cariel DB5-92004/24/19912Adams State
12Brown, John WR5-111794/3/19903Pittsburg State
13Brown, Jaron WR6-22051/8/19904Clemson
71Bryant, Red DT6-43234/18/19849Texas A&M
20Bucannon, Deone OLB6-12118/30/19923Washington State
2Butler, Drew P6-12175/10/19894Georgia
 Byndom, Carrington DB6-01807/7/19921Texas
93Campbell, Calais DE6-83009/1/19869Miami (Fla.)
7Catanzaro, Chandler K6-32002/26/19913Clemson
83Christian, Gerald TE6-32508/26/19912Louisville
29Clemons, Chris DB6-12159/15/19858Clemson
 Coughman, Edawn T6-43137/21/19881Shaw
 Crisp, Rob T6-73001/3/19911North Carolina State
54Demens, Kenny ILB6-12422/4/19903Michigan
38Ellington, Andre RB5-91992/3/19894Clemson
 Eskridge, Durell FS6-320712/17/19911Syracuse
85Fells, Darren TE6-72814/22/19863California-Irvine
11Fitzgerald, Larry WR6-32188/31/198313Pittsburgh
15Floyd, Michael WR6-222011/27/19895Notre Dame
54Freeney, Dwight (FA) LB6-12682/19/198015Syracuse
59Fua, Alani OLB6-52341/1/19922Brigham Young
 Fullington, John G6-53005/30/19912Washington State
10Golden, Brittan WR5-111867/20/19883West Texas A&M
44Golden, Markus OLB6-22603/13/19912Missouri
 Gresham, Jermaine TE6-52606/16/19887Oklahoma
95Gunter, Rodney NT6-53051/19/19922Delaware State
74Humphries, D.J. T6-530712/28/19932Florida
76Iupati, Mike G6-53315/12/19877Idaho
 Jackson, Asa DB5-1018312/2/19894Cal Poly-S.L.O.
22Jefferson, Tony SS5-112121/27/19924Oklahoma
31Johnson, David RB6-122412/16/19912Northern Iowa
23Johnson, Chris RB5-112039/23/19859East Carolina
 Jones, Chandler DE6-52652/27/19905Syracuse
82Leach, Mike (FA) LS6-223510/18/197617William & Mary
 Martin, Gabe LB6-22366/5/19921Bowling Green State
96Martin, Kareem LB6-62722/19/19923North Carolina
32Mathieu, Tyrann FS5-91865/13/19924Louisiana State
 Mathis, Evan G6-530111/1/198112Alabama
97Mauro, Josh NT6-62822/17/19913Stanford
60McClain, Antoine G6-533612/6/19892Clemson
51Minter, Kevin MLB6-024612/3/19904Louisiana State
80Momah, Ifeanyi TE6-725510/23/19892Boston College
 Nealy, Quayshawn LB6-02378/5/19911Georgia Tech
14Nelson, J.J. WR5-101604/24/19922Alabama-Birmingham
87Niklas, Troy TE6-62709/18/19923Notre Dame
 Nkemdiche, Robert DT6-42969/19/1994RMississippi
57Okafor, Alex OLB6-42612/8/19914Texas
 Okpalaugo, Tristan DE6-625010/10/1989RFresno State
3Palmer, Carson QB6-523512/27/197914USC
34Person, Brandon DB6-02208/9/19912Tiffin University
98Peters, Corey DT6-33056/8/19887Kentucky
21Peterson, Patrick CB6-12197/11/19906Louisiana State
 Pierre, Olsen DE6-42938/27/19911Miami (Fla.)
25Powers, Jerraud (FA) CB5-101877/19/19878Auburn
 Prater, Shaun DB5-1019010/27/19894Iowa
90Redding, Cory (FA) DE6-431811/15/198014Texas
 Reilly, Mike LB6-326112/14/1991RWilliam & Mary
47Riddick, Shaquille LB6-62603/12/19932West Virginia
92Rucker, Frostee DE6-32809/14/198311USC
 Sendlein, Lyle (FA) C6-33083/16/198410Texas
53Shipley, A.Q. C6-13075/22/19865Penn State
16Shipley, Jaxon WR6-01907/17/19921Texas
5Stanton, Drew QB6-32435/7/198410Michigan State
91Stinson, Ed DE6-42872/15/19903Alabama
36Swearinger, D.J. DB5-102089/1/19914South Carolina
30Taylor, Stepfan RB5-92166/9/19914Stanford
 Ume-Ezeoke, Valerian C6-32952/14/1993RNew Mexico State
68Veldheer, Jared T6-83216/14/19877Hillsdale
94Wagenmann, Zack LB6-32508/8/19922Montana
78Watford, Earl T6-33006/24/19904James Madison
 Wetzel, John T6-73287/18/19911Boston College
 White, Kevin CB5-101747/15/19921Texas Christian
 Wilkinson, Joel DB6-319011/29/1991RNo College
 Williams, Brandon CB5-111979/9/1992RTexas A&M
33Williams, Kerwynn RB5-81986/9/19913Utah State
94Williams, Xavier DT6-23091/18/19922Northern Iowa
56Woodley, LaMarr (FA) OLB6-226511/3/198410Michigan
 Zimmerman, Tyrequek DB6-02139/29/19921Oregon State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Arizona6-5313.76-4290.825.82236
 
 
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Position Listing
Quayshawn Nealy
No Updates
Lyle Sendlein
News
The Cardinals signed free agent center Lyle Sendlein on Friday, per ESPN

Sendlein played for the Cardinals for the last eight years, but he was released in March. 

Coach Bruce Arians said that Sendlein won't compete for the starting job. "It's just another guy in competition," he said. "He's coming in to compete for the job. We'll always look for the best available guys to add to the group."

Kevin White
No Updates
Corey Peters
News
Peters has healed from the torn left Achilles that he suffered in training camp 2015, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

The Cardinals inked the veteran defensive tackle to a three-year deal last March with the expectation that he would anchor the weekly battle in the trenches, but the injury wiped away Peters' first season in the Arizona desert. He'll attempt to uphold his standard from his first five years with the Falcons, with whom he averaged 2.2 sacks among 29 tackles per season.

Gabe Martin
No Updates
Brandon Williams
No Updates
Olsen Pierre
No Updates
Asa Jackson
News
Jackson was signed by the Ravens on Tuesday.

Selected by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Jackson was suspended twice during his first stint in Baltimore, and he failed to make the final roster this year. With the team once again desperate for help at cornerback, Jackson might actually see the field in Week 6. He's shown some promise as a return man, but his work as a cornerback has been far from impressive.

Joel Wilkinson
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.  

Durell Eskridge
News
The Jets lost three players to concussions and three others to an assortment of injuries in Friday's preseason game against Atlanta, per ESPN.

Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, safety Durell Eskridge and running back Daryl Richardson all left with concussions.

Offensive tackle Ben Ijalana left the game with a knee injury. Shaq Evans sprained his back, and Sashaun Phillips hurt his ribs.

Shaquille Riddick
News
Cardinals draft pick Shaquille Riddick sat out Monday's practice with a sore hamstring. 

Riddick has missed at least one practice each of the last three weeks with the nagging injury, and coach Bruce Arians is losing patience. 

“You can’t make any progress sitting over there in the training room,” Arians said, per ESPN

Kevin Minter
News
Minter supplied 94 tackles (72 solo), one forced fumble, and a half sack in 16 games last season.

Minter was one of just three Cardinals linebackers (also, Deone Bucannon and Alex Okafor) to log more than 50 percent of the defensive snaps, but earning 89 percent of them didn't translate to impressive stat lines. Outside of a 10-tackle effort in Week 11 against the Bengals, Minter didn't reach double digits in any other contest, which is generally the base line for elite IDP status for LBs. Nonetheless, the third-year pro has established himself as one of the mainstay inside linebackers in Arizona.

Zack Wagenmann
No Updates
Valerian Ume-Ezeoke
No Updates
Carrington Byndom
News
A quartet of injured Panthers have landed on their inactive list for the Sunday game against the Browns. Among them are running back DeAngelo Williams (hand), cornerback Carrington Byndom (hamstring), linebacker A.J. Klein (knee) and guard Amini Silatolu (knee).

The healthy scratches are safety Robert Lester, defensive tackle Kyle Love and offensive tackle David Foucault.

Brandon Person
News
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced Monday safety Brandon Person will miss the 2015 season after suffering a torn ACL in the preseason opener against the Chiefs.
Deone Bucannon
News
Bucannon wrangled a team-high nine tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

Among the Cardinals' leading tacklers on a weekly basis, Bucannon predictably posted a team-best 112 tackles (93 solo) by the end of the regular season, though Tyrann Mathieu had been giving him a run for his money until suffering a torn ACL in Week 15. Speaking of money, Bucannon has taken to his hybrid role at $-linebacker -- or safety/inside linebacker -- surpassing the output in every relevant category from a respectable rookie season in 2014.

Tony Jefferson
News
Jefferson signed his restricted free-agent tender from the Cardinals on Monday, the team's official site reports.

Offered the "low" tender at the outset of free agency, Jefferson could have been scooped up without the Cardinals receiving draft-pick compensation, but no organization decided to take the leap on the three-year pro. The development comes as a surprise after he ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles, to which he added three forced fumbles, two interceptions (one for a touchdown), and two sacks. Although Arizona brought safety Tyvon Branch into the fold this offseason, Jefferson will likely take on a substantial role in the upcoming campaign due to Tyrann Mathieu's recovery from the second torn ACL of his career.

Stepfan Taylor
News
Taylor posted 17 carries for 58 yards and one reception (on three targets) for four yards during the 2015 campaign.

Taylor was again lost in the shuffle for much of the season behind Chris Johnson (tibia), Andre Ellington, and David Johnson. When Chris Johnson and Ellington required time off stemming from injuries in Week 12, Taylor worked behind David Johnson but still contended with Kerwynn Williams for touches. Although Taylor has one year remaining on his rookie deal, both Ellington and David Johnson are under contract, ensuring continued roadblocks to relevance.

Gerald Christian
News
The Cardinals announced on Monday that they have signed third-round draft pick David Johnson and seventh-round selection Gerald Christian .

Johnson was able to gain recognition for his on-field talents despite playing college football at Northern Iowa. He was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2013 and 2014 while running for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. 

Christian was a third-team all-ACC tight end at Louisvile in 2014. 

Red Bryant
News
Defensive tackle Red Bryant was cut by the Jaguars on Thursday, according to the Florida Times-Union. He was due a $500,000 roster bonus on Sunday had the team retained him. The Jaguars cleared up $4.5 million in cap space with the move.

Bryant started all 16 games last season amassing 22 total tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. The 30-year-old was expendable after the Jaguars signed Jared Odrick, formerly of the Dolphins, in free agency.

Chandler Catanzaro
News
Catanzaro hit his only point-after attempt during Sunday's demolition in the NFC championship game at Carolina.

Finishing the regular season as the NFL's third-leading scorer, Catanzaro secured 28 of 31 field goal tries and 53 of 58 from the new extra-point distance en route to 137 points. When the opposition quelled the offense, he was still afforded plenty of field goals -- see Week 4 against the Rams and Week 6 at Pittsburgh -- but his opportunities dwindled starting in the season finale. Over the last three games, he netted two of three field goals and three of four extra points for a mere 12 points. While the Cardinals may not uphold this season's standard in 2016, Catanzaro should again augment one of the league's most-balanced offenses.

D.J. Swearinger
News
The Cardinals and Swearinger agreed to a contract Monday, the team's official site reports.

Swearinger logged a brief spell on the Cardinals' practice squad last season before his services were required due to the Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL. In six games thereafter -- including the team's two-game playoff run -- Swearinger recorded seven tackles (all solo), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass defended. If Mathieu's rehab extends into next season, Swearinger could pick up a modest role in the safety rotation, but the presence of Tyvon Branch and Tony Jefferson will likely limit him to a special-teams role.

Rob Crisp
No Updates
Brittan Golden
News
Golden recorded one catch for five yards during the 2015 season.

After he was inactive in Weeks 1 and 2, Golden was on the active roster for the rest of the campaign. While he was afforded only two percent of the offensive snaps, he picked up 57 percent of the special-teams snaps, accruing seven solo tackles along the way. With the Top 4 wide receiver spots secured by Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, and J.J. Nelson, Golden likely won't experience a larger offensive workload in the fall unless the Cardinals don't retain restricted free agent Jaron Brown.

Mike Reilly
No Updates
Larry Fitzgerald
News
Fitzgerald reeled in four of seven targets for 30 yards in Sunday's NFC championship loss to the Panthers.

Fitzgerald enjoyed a renaissance in 2015, the beneficiary of Bruce Arians' play calling and Carson Palmer's quarterback play. The latter soured to end the season, and Fitzgerald's production went south. Still, the 32-year-old receiver set a career high in catches in 2015, was targeted at least five times in every game and caught at least five passes in 14 of 18 contests. Provided Palmer is able to shake a bad end to this season, Fitzgerald should hold a ton of value as his favorite target heading into 2016.

Justin Bethel
News
Bethel underwent surgery to repair a fractured foot this week, which is expected to sideline the cornerback during OTAs, the Arizona Republic reports.

Bethel reportedly played through a "slight" fracture in the foot last season, yet he was forced into a starting role following Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL in Week 15. In the following four contests (including playoffs), Bethel totaled 25 tackles (24 solo), four passes defended, and one interception. With Jerraud Powers exploring free agency, Bethel is currently penciled in as the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson (ankle), but the upcoming NFL Draft and his recovery may impact his current standing.

Injury
Foot - Probable for start of season
Frostee Rucker
News
The Cardinals have signed veteran defensive lineman Frostee Rucker to a one-year extension, per NFL.com Insider Ian Rapoport.

Rucker, who is entering his third season with Arizona, has played in all but one game over the last four years. He started eight last season and contributed a career-high five sacks.

Tyrann Mathieu
News
Mathieu isn't targeting a specific date for his return to the field from a torn ACL in his right knee, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. "I don't really want to rush it," Mathieu said recently. "Whenever I'm comfortable, that's when I want to go out there."

Mathieu's cautious approach has basis in fact, as the injury that ended his rookie season in 2013 (ACL and LCL tears in his left knee) sapped his effectiveness in the subsequent campaign. Fortunately for the defensive back, this particular recovery effort has been "so much easier" when compared with his previous rehabilitation. While his activity level was non-existent in the aftermath of the first surgery, he's already progressed to running on a treadmill in a harness, and there's a belief that he's only a few months away from wearing a helmet and kicking off football drills. No matter the path he takes, the offseason may include a contract extension at some point after he achieved the first Pro Bowl and All-Pro bids of his career this past season.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for start of season
Markus Golden
News
Golden notched four sacks among 31 tackles during his rookie season in 2015.

A part of the Cardinals' middling pass rush, Golden ranked behind only mid-season pickup Dwight Freeney (eight) and Calais Campbell (five) in the sack department. With two forced fumbles also on the game log, Golden's output was respectable, as he garnered 49.5 percent of the defensive snaps in his first professional campaign. One of the team's biggest offseason needs is a more sustained pass rush, but no matter who joins the defensive ranks in the coming months, he's acquitted himself as a key cog for the future.

John Fullington
News
A left knee injury sustained during practice Wednesday has caused guard John Fullington to lose his job with the Cardinals. He has been waived/injured.

Fullington was signed to the team's practice squad last December.

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.

Patrick Peterson
News
Peterson's recovery from right ankle surgery is expected to encompass 6-to-8 weeks, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

With knowledge of his recovery timetable coming to the fore, Peterson is a candidate to miss the entire offseason program, despite optimism that OTAs could be in his future in the aftermath of this week's procedure. Even if he fails to take the field before training camp, he's hopeful that he'll avoid any of the recurring issues from the past two campaigns, though his ironman status as a professional remains intact.

Injury
Ankle - Probable for start of season
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. 

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 and Branch agreed to terms of a two-year contract Wednesday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

After opening his career with three 100-tackle campaigns in five seasons, Branch sustained debilitating injuries in both 2013 and 2014, namely a fractured fibula and broken foot. Handed a one-year contract from the Chiefs last March, he totaled 43 tackles (35 solo), two defensive touchdowns, one interception, one sack, and one fumble recovery, while logging 39 percent of the defensive snaps. With the potential to earn $10 million over the course of his upcoming contract, the Cardinals may have promised him the nominal starting job at strong safety.

J.J. Nelson
News
Nelson notched two catches (on three targets) for 25 yards during Sunday's NFC championship game defeat at Carolina.

Nelson's status as a burner makes him redundant in a Cardinals passing attack that boasts John Brown, but the UAB product had his moments as a rookie. In particular, Nelson made his presence felt in Week 8 with Michael Floyd out of the lineup, corralling a 64-yard touchdown en route to a four-catch, 142-yard outburst in Cleveland. The performance accounted for most of the output during his first professional campaign -- 11 receptions (on 27 targets) for 299 yards and two TDs -- though he'll hard-pressed to produce much more with Brown, Floyd, and Larry Fitzgerald all under contract in 2016.

Carson Palmer
News
Palmer (hand) was a participant at the start of the Cardinals' offseason program Monday, the Arizona Republic reports.

During the Cardinals' Week 15 walloping of the Eagles, Palmer emerged with a finger concern, which was eventually diagnosed as a dislocated right index finger. His practice status was impacted in the immediate aftermath, but the veteran signal-caller assured the media that the injury wouldn't affect his playoff performance at the conclusion of the regular season. After the Cardinals were eliminated in the NFC championship game, partly due to Palmer's six-turnover showing, the stats from Week 16 onward revealed a telling picture. Through the first 14 games, he boasted a 106.7 quarterback rating on the backs of 64.3 percent passing, 305.5 yards per game, and 32 touchdowns versus nine interceptions. However, his figures fell to 74.1, 58.6, 244.5, and 7:8, respectively, in the final four contests, including postseason. Upon withdrawing from the Pro Bowl, he noted a desire to allow his right hand to "heal up," which appears to be the case with his activity at voluntary workouts this week.

Mike Iupati
News
Cardinals offensive guard Mike Iupati (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Rams, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Making his Cardinals debut, Iupati will enter the starting lineup at left guard. The return of arguably the most adept run blocker on the team should help sustain, and perhaps even augment, the league's 13th-ranked offense on the ground entering Week 4.

Cory Redding
News
The Cardinals have released Redding.

The move saves the Cardinals $3 million against their salary cap, with the 35-year-old Redding -- who logged five tackles and a pick in 12 games in 2015 -- now a candidate to provide veteran defensive line depth elsewhere.

Taylor Boggs
News
The Friday injury report issued by the Bears for their Week 6 game at Atlanta is headlined by the thumbs-down given to linebackers Lance Briggs (ribs) and Shea McClellin (hand). But they are not the only Chicago players ruled out.

Also red-lighted are offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle) and Taylor Boggs (hamstring) and safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring).

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.

Kareem Martin
News
What was rumored is now official. The Cardinals are moving Kareem Martin from defensive end to outside linebacker despite his 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame, per CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan.

Martin started two of the 11 games in which he played last season. He contributed eight tackles and one sack.

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.
Shaun Prater
News
Prater played seven snaps on defense in Thursday's loss to Arizona but did not record a tackle.

He was re-signed to the team on Tuesday before the game and got some playing time, showing how thin the Vikings are in the secondary. He could continue to get a few snaps per game the rest of the season.

Kenny Demens
News
The Cardinals have listed the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 15 matchup with the Rams: safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), guards Paul Fanaika (ankle) and Anthony Steen, defensive ends Josh Mauro and Kareem Martin, defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu and linebacker Kenny Demens.

Mathieu and Fanaika had been previously ruled out, while the team's other players on the final injury report are all active.

Darren Fells
News
Fells signed an exclusive rights tender with the Cardinals on Monday.

Fells' signing will keep him with the Cardinals, for whom he led tight ends with 21 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season. The former basketball player also caught a touchdown in Arizona's NFC Championship Game loss. Despite his development this past season, Fells' fantasy upside is somewhat limited by the Cardinals' crowded cast of pass-catchers, yet it'll be interesting to see if he takes another step in his unconventional career next term.

Drew Stanton
News
The Cardinals and Stanton agreed to terms of a two-year contract Tuesday, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Rather than test the open market, the unrestricted free agent will remain in Arizona to serve as Carson Palmer's backup. While he took snaps in seven games last season, Stanton went 5-3 in Palmer's stead in 2014, completing 132 of 240 passes for 1,711 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions. While the production is underwhelming, he appears to be choosing comfort in head coach Bruce Arians' system rather than diving into a new playbook in his age-32 season.

Andre Ellington
News
Ellington finished the 2015 season with 45 carries for 289 yards and three touchdowns, which he supplemented with 15 receptions (on 24 targets) for 148 yards across 10 games.

After enduring multiple ailments in 2014, Ellington was named the Cardinals' starting running back in advance of Week 1, but injury woes in the form of a PCL sprain immediately took hold, requiring three consecutive absences. The No. 1 gig was ably filled by Chris Johnson (tibia) for the next 10 games before both backs were knocked out with respective injuries (and Johnson for the rest of the season). Taking advantage of the void was rookie David Johnson, who stated his case as the team's every-down, all-purpose back of the future. Upon his second return in Week 16, Ellington made brief appearances through the end of Arizona's playoff run in the NFC championship game. However, he accumulated just 13 runs for 45 yards and two catches (on five targets) for 12 yards in four outings as the younger Johnson's primary backup. Considering his bloated medical chart, Ellington's ceiling may rest as a change-of-pace option, especially if Chris Johnson or another viable back joins the fray in the offseason.

Kerwynn Williams
News
Williams amassed 27 rushes for 142 yards and one touchdown during the 2015 campaign.

Williams spent much of the campaign on the Cardinals' practice squad, but his elevation to the 53-man roster on Dec. 1 was precipitated by injuries to both Chris Johnson (tibia) and Andre Ellington in Week 12. From Weeks 13 through 16, Williams worked as David Johnson's primary backup, notching all but three of his rushing yards on the season. Across six appearances total, Williams also recorded two catches (on two targets) for 16 yards, while taking eight kickoffs for 126 yards (or 15.8 yards per return). With one year remaining on his contract, expect him to stick around as a depth option, though the backfield is now the domain of David Johnson.

David Johnson
News
Johnson will enter the 2016 season as the Cardinals' No. 1 running back, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. "David's earned the right now to be the bell cow," head coach Bruce Arians said. "Everybody's got to take it from him."

Speaking of everybody, Chris Johnson explored free agency but ultimately re-signed with the Cardinals, joining the younger Johnson and Andre Ellington. Ellington's injury history will likely spur Arians to use him in a change-of-pace role, while Chris Johnson is more fit to challenge the second-year back. However, after the veteran duo logged extended absences with injuries starting in Week 13, David Johnson dominated the touches out of the backfield, racking up 120 carries for 537 yards (4.5 YPC), 32 receptions (on 46 targets) for 327 yards, and six total touchdowns in seven games. With confirmation from Arians that he's in line for a similar workload in the upcoming campaign, the Northern Iowa product is safely among the top-tier of running backs in both reality and fantasy.

Drew Butler
News
The Cardinals placed punter Dave Zastudil (groin) on injured reserve and promoted punter Drew Butler from the practice squad. Arizona also re-signed linebacker Marcus Benard and added quarterback Dennis Dixon to the practice squad.
LaMarr Woodley
News
Woodley was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a chest injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Under general manager Steve Keim, the Cardinals have taken chances on veterans with team-friendly one-year contracts, producing resurgent seasons for Karlos Dansby and Antonio Cromartie in the past. Woodley was another player in that vein, but despite starting at weak-side linebacker, he only recorded 10 tackles and one sack on 42 percent of the defensive snaps. With his season over, Dwight Freeney and Markus Golden will pick up the slack on the outside.

Alani Fua
No Updates
Chandler Jones
News
Jones was traded to the Cardinals on Tuesday in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The 21st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jones comfortably exceeded expectations during his four years in New England, registering 211 tackles, 36 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 55 games. The Cardinals finally have the high-end outside pass rusher they've coveted all offseason, and they did well to land a player that just turned 26 years old and is also strong against the run. The downside is that Jones just finished up the last year of his rookie contract, though the Patriots did pick up his fifth-year option for approximately $7.8 million. The Cardinals presumably hope to sign Jones to a long-term deal, which could potentially top the five-year, $85 million contract that Olivier Vernon recently signed with the Giants.

Xavier Williams
No Updates
Matt Barkley
News
The Eagles traded quarterback Matt Barkley to the Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round pick, ESPN reports. Barkley has appeared in four games in his career and has four interceptions with no touchdowns.
Calais Campbell
News
Campbell notched six tackles (five solo) and 2.5 sacks in Sunday's win over the Packers.

Campbell had 2.5 sacks coming into Sunday's game, and he doubled that total by adding another 2.5 sacks on a day where the Cardinals recorded eight sacks as a team. He now has five on the year to go along with 59 tackles, and he should be an important piece for the Cardinals' defense moving forward. Campbell is good for a big game like this every once in awhile, but his overall value as an IDP is still fairly limited.

Michael Floyd
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Floyd nabbed three of eight targets for 37 yards in Sunday's NFC championship loss to Carolina.

Floyd was hampered by injuries for much of the season, but was still able to come on strong during the season's second half, putting together five 100-yard games between Weeks 9 and 16. Fantasy owners have been waiting for the young receiver to take the next step in his evolution after consistently good-but-not-great seasons in recent years. If he manages to stay healthy, Floyd has given plenty of reasons why he could break out in 2016, a contract year.

Ed Stinson
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The Cardinals placed defensive end Ed Stinson (toe) on injured reserve and promoted wideout Brittan Golden from the practice squad, the team announced.
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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.

Jermaine Gresham
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The Cardinals and Gresham agreed to a contract Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Gresham underwent back surgery last offseason and didn't find a home until a few days before the Cardinals kicked off training camp. Due to his conditioning at the time, he didn't pick up any snaps in the preseason, yet he was ready for Week 1. Missing one game due to a knee injury, he otherwise recorded a catch in all but four regular season contests and finished with an 18-223-1 line on 32 targets. The presence of Darren Fells will likely relegate Gresham to a reserve role in 2016, depending on any moves made within the TE group as the offseason progresses.

Jason Babin
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Ravens linebacker Jason Babin was released by the Ravens on Tuesday.

The Ravens were desperate for help at outside linebacker after Terrell Suggs (Achilles) suffered a season-ending injury, but Babin ultimately just made things worse, with his primary impact coming via careless penalties. Given how poorly he played, the 35-year-old Babin might not get another shot in the NFL.

Chris Clemons
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The Cardinals have deemed the following players as inactive for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Panthers: Drew Stanton, Brittan Golden , Chris Clemons , Jonathan Cooper, Alameda Ta'amu, Anthony Steen , and Kareem Martin.

Cooper has missed the past two games for Arizona with a wrist injury.

The Cardinals are 5 1/2-point underdogs for Saturday's game.

Mike Leach
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All the Cardinals listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Rams are active. They include cornerback Javier Arenas, running back Andre Ellington, tight end D.C. Jefferson and tight end Mike Leach.
Edawn Coughman
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The Redskins released 13 players Monday, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The players included Ricky Sapp, Austin Spitler, Jerry Rice Jr, Thomas Wolfe, Kenny Okoro, Ty Nsekhe, Gabe Miller, Rishaw Johnson, Kenneth Horsley, Isaako Aaitui, Steve Beauharnais, Braylon Bell and Edawn Coughman.

Antoine McClain
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The Bills trimmed their active roster down to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: LB Xavius Boyd, DT Landon Cohen, TE Dominique Jones, CB Kamaal McIlwain, CB Sam Miller, P Brian Moorman, QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Jared Wheeler, QB Jeff Tuel, S Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR T.J. Graham, WR Caleb Holley, DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, S Kenny Ladler, C Doug Legursky and G Antoine McClain.
Dwight Freeney
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Freeney will play in 2016 as long as he finds "the right situation," Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

When the Cardinals called five games into last season, Freeney was about a week away from retirement, but another year of wear and tear may be in the offing. If he returns to Arizona (or similarly joins another contender), his snap count will likely be contained in order to ensure the health of the 36-year-old pass rusher. Receiving 24.4 percent of the defensive snaps last season, he responded with eight sacks among nine tackles and three forced fumbles, to which he added another sack in the postseason.

Ifeanyi Momah
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Momah (knee) will be returning to the Cardinals in 2016, as the exclusive rights free agent was tendered a contract Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Momah showed promise throughout his first preseason with the Cardinals, but a torn meniscus suffered on the eve of the regular season resulted in a stay on injured reserve. Following Thursday's move, head coach Bruce Arians will thus get another look at the tight end, who will join Darren Fells, Troy Niklas, and Gerald Christian, at least, in the offseason program.

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John Brown
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Brown reeled in just two of eight targets for 23 yards during Sunday's NFC championship game loss in Carolina.

In advance of the contest, Brown was held out of some drills due to a shoulder injury, but ultimately he turned in a full practice before the end of the week. His dismal performance Sunday can be attributed to the Panthers' concerted effort to nullify the deep ball. On the other hand, Carson Palmer attempted to force the issue after falling behind 24-7, and two interceptions followed on balls intended for Brown. During the regular season, though, Brown made progress on every front from his rookie campaign, recording 65 catches (on 101 targets) for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jerraud Powers
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Powers enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Upon entering the NFL in 2009, Powers dealt with an array of ailments and played in just 42 of a possible 64 games during his time with the Colts. After landing in Arizona during the 2013 offseason, he turned in back-to-back complete campaigns, but the injury bug reared its head this past season as he took on the starting cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson. In 13 games, though, he posted 52 tackles (46 solo), two fumble recoveries, one interception, one sack, and one defensive touchdown. With an able candidate to replace him on the Cardinals in Justin Bethel, the 28-year-old Powers may land elsewhere as a free agent, though a starting gig would likely still be on the table.

Chris Johnson
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The Cardinals and Johnson agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

After taking a visit to the RB-needy Dolphins this week, Johnson has decided to remain in Arizona, where he revitalized his career in 2015 to the tune of 814 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in 11 games. However, he sustained a fractured left tibia in Week 12, ending his season as the Cardinals were knocked out of the postseason in the NFC championship game. The injury allowed David Johnson to take the reins of the rushing attack, meaning the elder Johnson will be relegated to a reserve role in the fall.

Jaron Brown
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Brown signed his restricted free-agent tender from the Cardinals on Monday, the Cardinals' official site reports.

As a member of one of the deepest wideout corps in the NFL, Brown can be expected to serve as a key cog of the coverage units yet again in 2016. Over the course of his three-year career, he's notched 44 catches (on 73 targets) for 513 yards and four touchdowns, so he'll likely make a splash on offense at some point during the campaign.

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Alex Okafor
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Okafor (calf) is listed as active Sunday at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Okafor's recovery from a strained right calf has encompassed three games and the Cardinals' bye week, but he'll again provide a boost to the front seven. In his career, he's displayed modest pass-rushing chops, notching 10 sacks in 19 career games.

Tristan Okpalaugo
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The Cowboys released linebackers Quinton Spears and Jabara Williams, wideout Lance Lewis, defensive tackle Frank Kearse, guard Chris DeGeare and defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo.
Robert Nkemdiche
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The Cardinals selected Nkemdiche in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 29th overall.

Nkemdiche fell this far because of questions about his character, but in terms of raw talent he's clearly in elite territory. This will be an enormous value if Bruce Arians can make a discipline out of Nkemdiche and keep his attention on football. At 6-foot-3, 294 pounds Nkemdiche has Sheldon Richardson-like upside thanks to a 4.87-second 40, 35-inch vertical and 116-inch broad jump.

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Josh Mauro
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The Cardinals have listed the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 15 matchup with the Rams: safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), guards Paul Fanaika (ankle) and Anthony Steen, defensive ends Josh Mauro and Kareem Martin, defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu and linebacker Kenny Demens.

Mathieu and Fanaika had been previously ruled out, while the team's other players on the final injury report are all active.

Troy Niklas
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Niklas reeled in all four targets for 33 yards and two touchdowns during the 2015 season.

Serving in a strict reserve role this season, Niklas nonetheless fared much better on the injury front, appearing in every game versus the seven that he was contained to as a rookie in 2014. However, both Darren Fells (restricted) and Jermaine Gresham (unrestricted) are free agents, which may result in a jump up the depth chart. Niklas' pedigree as a second-round pick would warrant such a promotion, but he still must put in the work to deserve an expanded target count.

 
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