Kirk suffered a broken foot and will be placed on injured reserve, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. The rookie second-round pick was removed in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 20-17 win over Green Bay, finishing with three catches for 54 yards and one carry for 23 yards. This is a huge loss for an offense that's already at the bottom of the league in most significant categories, as Kirk leads the team in receiving yards (590) and ranks second to Larry Fitzgerald for catches (43), targets (68) and receiving touchdowns (three). Kirk is a huge part of the organizational plan for 2019 and beyond, but the next four weeks will probably get ugly with the likes of Chad Williams (ankle), Trent Sherfield and J.J. Nelson forced into key roles behind Fitzgerald.
Kirk reeled in three of eight passes for 54 yards and took his sole carry for 23 yards during Sunday's 20-17 win at Green Bay. Kirk wasn't exactly on the same page with Josh Rosen for much of the afternoon. That said, two of his three receptions doubled as first downs, with the final one getting the Cardinals positioned for an eventual 44-yard field goal from Zane Gonzalez midway through the third quarter. With 77 yards from scrimmage, Kirk has racked up at least 75 such yards in five of 12 appearances as a rookie. On an unfortunate note, Kirk went to the locker room late in the game, potentially to have his left foot examined, per Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site. As a result, Kirk's practice reps may be impacted in advance of a Week 14 battle with the Lions.
Kirk caught four of six targets for 41 yards during Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Chargers. Kirk led the team in targets and catches while contributing to nearly half of Josh Rosen's passing production on the day. Unfortunately, the signal caller finished with just over 100 passing yards on the day, limiting Kirk's potential to produce. He's totaled a respectable 536 receiving yards to this point in his rookie season, but efficiency and consistency have been hard to come by. He'll look to bounce back next Sunday against the Packers.
Kirk hauled in three of four targets for 77 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown during Sunday's 23-21 loss to Oakland. The second-rounder from Texas A&M has enjoyed a mostly prosperous rookie campaign, but nearly all of his "start-worthy" fantasy outings come with a touchdown in tow. In three performances with a receiving score, Kirk is averaging 15.8 PPR points per game, compared to 8.0 points per game in performances without one. The numbers don't bear out that he's an all-or-nothing, touchdown-dependent asset, but he's not exactly a high-floor option that can be plugged into a WR2 slot without second thought. He's averaging just 3.6 catches per game, but it's encouraging that his involvement in the passing attack has increased of late, even if only by a slim margin (30 targets in past five outings, compared to 24 targets through his first five). In Week 12, Kirk will be opposing a Chargers defense that ranks among the NFL's seven best teams in receptions (113) and yards (1,477) allowed to wideouts this season.
Kirk caught just two of six targets, amounting eight yards during Sunday's 26-14 loss to the Chiefs. In Sunday's loss to Kansas City, the rookie wideout posted his worst receiving output since Sept. 9 when he debuted against Washington (four yards on one reception). Though he's been targeted a combined 26 times over Arizona's past four games, Kirk has hauled in just 53.9 percent of those attempts -- a drastic drop-off from 76 percent over the first five weeks of the season. A promising matchup approaches in Week 11, as Kirk and the Cardinals receiving corps will be opposing Oakland's bottom-10 pass defense (over 260 yards surrendered per game).
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