Baker was unable to practice Wednesday but managed to practice in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday. The Washington product was able to play through the injury last week en route to four tackles (solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery over 47 defensive snaps. If Baker isn't able to suit up, Rudy Ford would be next in line for work in the secondary.
According to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com, Baker completed a pregame warmup, after which he must have gained clearance from the Cardinals' training staff in order to play. While he put in just one limited practice during Week 14 prep, Baker shouldn't have a problem earning snaps in a secondary that regularly uses five (or more) defensive backs. On the season, he's averaged eight tackles per game while tallying one defensive touchdown.
Baker has been impacted by lower-body injuries for approximately one month. A knee issue kept him on the sideline Weeks 11 and 12, but he returned to action this past Sunday in Green Bay, playing 68 of 76 defensive snaps en route to five tackles. Urban speculated that Baker will be a game-time call this weekend, so the safety's status will be one to watch until the Cardinals are required to post inactives about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 PM ET kickoff.
Baker was able to play through his lingering knee injury during Sunday's win over the Packers, but his Week 14 status nonetheless appears to be in question. The second-year safety will likely need to fully participate in practice on Thursday or Friday in order to suit up against the Lions on Sunday.
Baker was held out last week due to his knee injury and was questionable entering Sunday's game despite being a full participant at practice Friday. He'll figure to resume his role as a starting safety alongside Antoine Bethea.
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