Pierre (to) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Pierre will miss his second straight game of the season due to a toe injury. It remains to be seen how long the depth defensive tackle will remain sidelined, but until Pierre gets healthy Garrison Smith will serve as Robert Nkemdiche's primary backup.
Pierre is active for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Pierre was limited in practice this week due to a thumb injury, but seems to have recovered in time to play Sunday. The 27-year-old should primarily serve as a backup to Robert Nkemdiche, but could see increased playing time with Markus Golden (knee) sidelined.
Pierre finally got his shot in 2017 during his third year in the league. He made 30 tackles and 5.5 sacks through 14 games while averaging 25 defensive snaps per game. He could see a full-time role Sunday if Robert Nkemdiche (foot) sits out.
The nature of Pierre's injury remains unknown, as does the timetable for the 26-year-old's absence. The Cardinals could simply be taking a cautious approach to the recovery of the second-year defensive tackle, who earned a rotational role in the defense last season by accumulating 5.5 sacks.
Pierre finished the 2017 season with 5.5 sacks for the Cardinals, good for second on the team behind league-leader Chandler Jones. The 26-year-old started the season with a minimal defensive role, but close the year as a solid contributor in Arizona's defensive line rotation.
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