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Cards expect Mendenhall back for opener, shop Williams

Arizona expects Rashard Mendenhall to be ready for the season opener against St. Louis. (USATSI)
Arizona expects Rashard Mendenhall to be ready for the season opener against St. Louis. (USATSI)

The Arizona Cardinals expect to have RB Rashard Mendenhall back for the season opener, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and have been shopping oft-injured RB Ryan Williams .

Williams, a 2011 second-round pick, has battled various medical setbacks, has been the subject of trade talks. Mendenhall, who played for new head coach Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh, was signed to a one-year deal to beef up the run game following his own return from ACL surgery in 2012.

Mendenhall suffered a minor sprain in Saturday night's game but is expected to be ready for the regular season and will likely wear a brace, at least early in the season. In recent days running backs Felix Jones and Delone Carter have been dealt, and more trades for running backs should emerge before 53-man rosters are set next weekend.

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