Kirk (back) didn't participate in Thursday's practice for precautionary reasons after he was involved in a car accident a day earlier, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports. Kirk appeared on the injury report with a back issue, but he's apparently OK after being rear-ended in what was described as a hit-and-run incident. Despite the scare, Kirk seems on track to suit up Sunday against the Bears, though a return to practice Friday in some capacity would help clear up any lingering concern.
Kirk worked with the training staff on a side field during the open portion of Thursday's practice, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports. A 2018 second-round pick, Kirk has made an impact, albeit small, in his first two games as a professional, corralling five of seven passes for 31 yards. The output is rather poor, but considering the offensive woes in Arizona, it's also not unexpected. What is worrisome is his sudden work with trainers, which implies an injury of some sort. Kirk's status will remain murky until Thursday's injury report is posted.
Kirk corralled one of two passes for four yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Redskins. Opening his career as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and Chad Williams, the 2018 second-round pick didn't make much noise in this one. However, Kirk narrowly surpassed Williams' no catches (on three targets), so at least he has a reception to his name on the short season. Kirk will seek a better outing Sunday during a jaunt to take on the high-flying Rams.
Kirk is listed behind Chad Williams on the Cardinals' initial depth chart, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports. That said, Odegard adds that he'd "assume it will be a steady rotation" out of the gate of Williams, Kirk and J.J. Nelson alongside top wideout Larry Fitzgerald. Though Williams may technically be listed as a starter for now, Kirk's higher ADP reflects the upside the second-rounder brings to the table.
Kirk caught four of six targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason win over the Saints. Though he didn't technically get the start, Kirk did all of his damage in the first half while playing with Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen. The rookie second-round pick caught a laser from Rosen in tight coverage for a 13-yard touchdown and later made a sliding catch for 21 yards to set up a field-goal attempt right before halftime. In addition to the production on offense, Kirk fielded the Saints' first punt and returned it for nine yards. He's a clear favorite for the punt return job and is also making his case for a role as the team's No. 2 or No. 3 option at wide receiver. Cardinals coach Steve Wilks acknowledged that Kirk and Chad Williams have created some separation in the battle for playing time behind Larry Fitzgerald, per Darren Urban of the team's official website.
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|10||11/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||29||32.00|
|12||11/25||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|13||12/02||@Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|16||12/23||Los Angeles Rams||1||4.00|
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