Baker (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Baker's knee issue first surfaced this week and prevented him from practicing in any fashion Wednesday through Friday. Though coach Steve Wilks expressed optimism the safety wouldn't have to miss time due to the injury, Baker ultimately wasn't able to progress as anticipated. With the IDP standout sidelined for the first time all season, Tre Boston and Rudy Ford (heel) could see increased snaps alongside starting safety Antoine Bethea.
Baker (knee) was listed as a non-participant in Thursday's practice. Though the knee issue prevented him from taking part in team drills for the second straight day, Baker was spotted going through individual work off to the side at the beginning of the session, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. In any case, the Cardinals will likely want the safety to take part in Friday's practice in some fashion to feel comfortable about his availability for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Baker has been an elite IDP option out of the secondary this season, accruing 75 stops (54 solo), two sacks, two pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a touchdown through the Cardinals' first nine games.
Baker was held out of practice Wednesday due to a knee injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "I think Budda will be fine," coach Steve Wilks told Kyle Odegard of the team's official site. "We don't know exactly how long it's going to be. A guy like that, you're going to miss him being out there on the field if he doesn't play, because he just brings so much in every category." On the season, Baker has missed an average of one defensive snap per game en route to earning a share of 98.4 percent of those snaps, which is good for third on the Cardinals behind fellow defensive backs Antoine Bethea and Patrick Peterson. Following Monday's MRI, the team has honed in on the specific injured body part, but the nature of the issue is unknown. Based on Wilks' comments, Baker may have suffered a knee concern that will result in an absence of some type. Baker could overturn that thought with a return to practice Thursday or Friday, but for the time being, his availability for Sunday's contest against the Raiders is unknown.
Baker (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Kansas City, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Baker was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's injury report, only to log a limited practice Friday. A foot issue is to blame, threatening the availability of the Cardinals' leading tackler.
Baker didn't practice Thursday due to a foot injury, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. Baker has yet to miss a game in his one-plus seasons as a pro, but that streak could be threatened due to his sudden appearance on the injury report. Friday's report will impart whether Baker was merely given a day off to rest, or if the foot issue is serious enough to impact his availability heading into the weekend.