Nkemdiche (calf) is active for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Nkemdiche was expected to play despite working as a limited participant in practice throughout the week, while the calf issue could ultimately force the Cardinals to limit his snap count Sunday. He's slated to provide depth at defensive end behind starters Josh Mauro and Frostee Rucker.
Though he was limited in practice this week, Nkemdiche demonstrated enough progress in his recovery from the calf injury to leave the Cardinals optimistic the 2016 first-round pick will be able to make his season debut Sunday. Nkemdiche will serve in a depth role at defensive end, rotating in when starters Frostee Rucker and Josh Mauro require a breather.
Nkemdiche was limited in practice this week after being a game-day inactive against the Lions in Week 1. There's been no clear indication on if the 22-year-old is expected to play this week, but fortunately Karlos Dansby (shin) was a full participant Thursday and Friday as the Cardinals prep for the Andrew Luck-less (shoulder) Colts.
The Cardinals are expecting Nkemdiche to fill the hole left behind by Calais Campbell's departure in 2017, but he'll have to wait until Week 2, at the earliest, to make his presence felt along the defensive front.
Nkemdiche (calf) is not expected to play Sunday against the Lions, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Nkemdiche was able to practice on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, and while he is still considered a game-time decision, the team is apparently more likely to sit him in order to have him ready for Week 2 against the Colts.
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