Golden (arm) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
The roster move was fully expected after Golden fractured his arm in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Redskins and required surgery a day later to address the injury. According to Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com, Golden will need 3-to-4 months to recover from surgery, which could result in the wideout drawing limited interest when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He'll finish the 2017 campaign with five catches for 70 yards and no touchdowns across 13 appearances.
Golden's main contributions are as a return man, since he has just five receptions for 70 yards this season. With a broken arm, though, Golden's season is effectively over, so Kerwynn Williams will likely take over return duties while Chad Williams shifts up a spot on the wideout's side of the depth chart.
Golden (groin) doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Rams, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Golden put in a full practice Friday, which was likely enough for the Cardinals to give him clearance for Sunday after the wideout missed the Week 12 win over the Jaguars with the injury he's been battling for nearly a month. With only five receptions for 70 yards in 10 games this season, Golden shouldn't be expected to see many looks in the Cardinals' passing attack the rest of the way.
Golden joins John Brown (turf toe) and Carlton Agudosi (coach's decision) in street clothes, leaving Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson and rookie Chad Williams as the only active wideouts. In the end, Golden's special teams role will likely fall on D.J. Foster's shoulders.
Golden was unable to participate in both Thursday and Friday's practices, so he appears to be more on the doubtful side of his questionable designation. Primarily a special teams contributor, a potential absence does not figure to affect the Cardinals' offense. Final confirmation on his status is unlikely to be determined until closer to game-time.
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