Baker produced 118 tackles (90 solo), six pass defenses, two interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble in 15 contests during the 2020 campaign. Baker tied for the team lead in tackles with Jordan Hicks and ranked second among NFL defensive backs in the category behind only Jordan Poyer (124). While his number of stops fell 29 shy of his 147 from 2019, Baker continued to demonstrate an ability to brush off injuries, missing just the third game of his career due to a torn UCL in his thumb Week 4 and playing through groin and neck issues in the second half of the season. After signing a lucrative four-year extension back in August, he's set to be one of the top IDP contributors on the back end for the foreseeable future.
Baker (neck) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams. Baker was unable to practice Friday due to the neck injury, but he's been cleared to play Sunday after being listed as questionable. The 24-year-old has played at least 90 percent of the defensive snaps in every game this season besides his absence in Week 4.
The Cardinals list Baker (neck) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic reports. After being added to the injury report Thursday as a limited participant at practice due to the neck issue, Baker downgraded to no activity Friday. While that's somewhat of a worrying sign as the regular-season finale approaches, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury downplayed the star safety's injury a bit, saying that he's "hopeful [Baker will] be able to go" despite being "a little sore," according to Fitzgerald. With a playoff berth at stake for Arizona in Week 17, look for Baker to do everything in his power to suit up and handle an every-down role in the secondary.
Baker (neck) submitted a limited practice session Thursday. Arizona is suddenly dealing with a pair of availability issues at safety, with Chris Banjo (hip) being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday in addition to Baker's injury. The 24-year-old faced no restrictions during Wednesday's practice session; however, with an abrupt appearance on the injury report, Baker's level of involvement Friday becomes worth monitoring. The three-time Pro Bowler has missed one game in 2020 and just three over his four professional seasons.
Baker made nine tackles (seven solo) in Saturday's 20-12 loss to the 49ers. Baker has a team-high 113 total tackles this year, and he's fourth in the league with 86 solo tackles despite missing one game. The 24-year-old safety continues to play at a high level with a third straight triple-digit tackling campaign.
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