Nkemdiche hasn't played since a Week 2 matchup with Dallas, but even when he was healthy he wasn't logging a full workload. Xavier Williams and Rodney Gunter will be the lone reserve defensive linemen for the Cardinals.
Nkemdiche (calf), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, is viewed as a game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Nkemdiche is apparently still batting some tightness in his calf, an injury that limited him in all three of the Cardinals' practices this week. The second-year defensive end has suited up in just two of the Cardinals' five games to date, playing no more than 19 defensive snaps in either contest.
Nkemdiche was limited in practice this week and has a chance to make his first game appearance since Week 3. The Cardinals defensive line depth could be severely tested Sunday if the 23-year-old is unable to play, since fellow defensive end Olsen Pierre (ankle) was already ruled out.
Nkemdiche (calf) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Nkemdiche did not practice this week after being inactive against the 49ers on Sunday, so this isn't overly surprising. The 23-year-old has been dealing with the calf issue since the middle of preseason and made his only appearance against the Cowboys in Week 3, so his timetable to return will largely be dictated by his participation in practice in the coming weeks.
Nkemdiche has been dealing with a calf issue since the end of training camp. He made his season debut in Week 3's loss to the Cowboys, but he apparently may have came back too soon. The Cardinals are likely making sure he is completely recovered before he suits up again.
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