Player Updates

June 1, 2015 03:18 PM
Cardinals' Bruce Arians: Paul Fanaika will be 'good fit' for Chiefs
by Jason Butt |

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes offensive guard Paul Fanaika will do well for the Chiefs, the team he signed with early in free agency, according to the Kansas City Star

Fanaika signed a three-year, $8.1 million deal. Arians said the Cardinals and Fanaika both needed a fresh start but that the offensive guard should do well with his new team. 

“He’s had some down games in some big games (for us),” Arians said, “but sometimes we’ll overlook (that) and say, ‘Wow, he’s going to make that much money? God bless you. Go ahead.’ But I think he’ll be a good fit in that offense.”

June 1, 2015 03:39 PM
Report: Chiefs will sign OG Paul Fanaika
by Jason Butt |

The Chiefs, in need of some offensive line help, will sign Paul Fanaika to a three-year deal, according to a report from the Associated Press

Fanaika started 14 games with the Cardinals a year ago. 

This would reunite Fanaika with coach Andy Reid, who selected the six-year veteran in the seventh round of 2009 draft when he was still with the Eagles. 

June 1, 2015 04:01 PM
Report: Cardinals' Paul Fanaika to test free agency
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Cardinals offensive lineman Paul Fanaika is expected to test the free-agent market, reports 910 AM in Phoenix.

Fanaika has started 30 games at guard for the Cardinals over the last two seasons. He will be an unrestricted free agent March 10 if he is not re-signed.

June 2, 2015 04:38 AM
Larry Fitzgerald, Tyrann Mathieu ready to go for Cardinals
by Chris Cwik |

The Cardinals will have both Larry Fitzgerald and Tyrann Mathieu Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Both players came into the game listed as probable, and were always expected to play. Fitzgerald is battling a knee injury. Mathieu has a thumb issue.

The team will also have Lorenzo Alexander, Calais Campbell, Paul Fanaika, Larry Foote, Jared Veldheer and Kerwynn Williams for the contest. All six players were listed as probable.

The team's only questionable player, Jaron Brown, is also active. He's dealing with a toe injury.

June 2, 2015 04:40 AM
Fitzgerald, Mathieu among notable Cardinals probables Week 16
by Igor Mello |

The Cardinals have ruled guard Jonathan Cooper (wrist) out, quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) doubtful and wide receiver Jaron Brown (toe) questionable for Sunday's home game against Seattle.

Meanwhile, the following players were deemed probable: Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (knee), defensive end Calais Campbell (hip), guard Paul Fanaika (ankle), wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee), inside linebacker Larry Foote (knee), safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), tackle Jared Veldheer (ankle) and running back Kerwynn Williams (knee).

June 2, 2015 04:51 AM
Cardinals list Week 15 inactives vs. Rams Thursday
by R.J. White |

The Cardinals have listed the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 15 matchup with the Rams: safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), guards Paul Fanaika (ankle) and Anthony Steen, defensive ends Josh Mauro and Kareem Martin, defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu and linebacker Kenny Demens.

Mathieu and Fanaika had been previously ruled out, while the team's other players on the final injury report are all active.

June 2, 2015 04:52 AM
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald probable on final Week 15 injury list
by R.J. White |

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) has been listed as probable for Thursday's Week 15 matchup with the Rams after participating fully in practice Wednesday.

Fitzgerald caught four passes for 34 yards in Week 14 after returning from a two-game absence. He was limited in the team's first two practices of the week before putting in a full practice Wednesday.

Five other players are listed as probable after participating fully in practice Wednesday, including quarterback Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), offensive tackle Jared Veldheer (ankle) and linebackers Larry Foote (foot), Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) and Lorenzo Alexander (knee).

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (ankle) is listed as questionable to face the Rams after being a limited participant in practice for the second straight day Wednesday. The team has ruled safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and guard Paul Fanaika (ankle) out.

June 2, 2015 04:57 AM
Cardinals release Week 14 inactives
by Larry Hartstein |

The Cardinals declared running back Andre Ellington (hip), safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe), defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu, offensive lineman Anthony Steen, guard Paul Fanaika and defensive end Kareem Martin inactive for the game against the Chiefs.

June 2, 2015 04:59 AM
Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald listed as questionable Sunday
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was able to make it through a full practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

Also listed as questionable were Jared Veldheer and Larry Foote. Lorenzo Alexander and Kenny Demens were the only players listed as probable.

The Cardinals also listed Tyrann Mathieu, Paul Fanaika, Ed Stinson and Andre Ellington as out.

June 2, 2015 05:06 AM
Falcons' Paul Fanaika will not return Week 13
by Chris Cwik |

Falcons guard Paul Fanaika will not return Week 13 against the Cardinals. 

Fanaika was looked at on the sideline, but was eventually carted to the locker. He was initially ruled questionable to return, but was downgraded to out after being evaluated. 

June 2, 2015 06:07 AM
Cardinals announce Week 6 inactive list
by R.J. White |

The Cardinals have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 6 matchup against the Redskins: running back Marion Grice, defensive tackle Bruce Gaston, tight end Troy Niklas (ankle), defensive end Calais Campbell (knee) and linebackers Desmond Bishop, Thomas Keiser and Glenn Carson (ankle).

Guard Paul Fanaika (ankle, calf) is active after being listed as questionable, while linebacker Kenny Demens (back) and cornerbacks Patrick Peterson (ankle) and Justin Bethel (shoulder) are also active after being listed as probable for Sunday's game.

June 2, 2015 06:09 AM
Cardinals Paul Fanaika questionable Week 6
by Chris Cwik |

Cardinals guard Paul Fanaika is questionable Week 6 against Washington.

Fanaika is dealing with an ankle and calf injury. He was able to participate in limited practice Friday, but was unable to go earlier in the week. 

June 2, 2015 06:16 AM
Cardinals should have their probables Week 5
by Chris Cwik |

The Cardinals will have most of their injured players available Week 5.

Paul Fanaika entered the contest considered questionable, but is active. Rob Housler, Alex Okafor, Patrick Peterson, Frostee Rucker and Dave Zastudil are also active. 

June 2, 2015 06:18 AM
Cardinals release injury report prior to Week 5
by Chris Cwik |

The Cardinals have released their final injury report heading into Week 5.

Glenn Carson has already been ruled out of the contest. Guard Paul Fanaika is considered questionable. 

Five players have been deemed probable. Rob Housler, Alex Okafor, Patrick Peterson, Frostee Rucker and Dave Zastudil should all play.

June 1, 2015 09:28 PM
Cards offensive coordinator excited about O-line
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The addition of Jared Veldheer and the return of left guard Jonathan Cooper should make life easier for the Cardinals when they game plan versus opponents this season. Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin admits that the right side of the line will involve a competition but overall he anticipates a huge jump in efficiency for the front five

" ... [T]he world knows we're looking to put the right side together. There is going to be great competition between Paul Fanaika and Ted Larsen and Earl (Watford)," Goodwin told the Arizona Republic. "Then you have Bobby (Massie), Bradley (Sowell) and along with Nate (Potter). The competition is going to be great and there is still the possibility of the draft, but who knows? It wasn't a great offensive line year last year, but the guys played consistently together and they got better as they went along."

June 2, 2015 04:05 PM
Cards' probables suit up
by Larry Hartstein |

Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (knee) and guard Paul Fanaika (back) are active for the game at Tennessee after being listed as probable on the injury report. Ellington ran 11 times for 46 yards and a touchdown last week vs. the Rams.

June 2, 2015 04:07 PM
Paul Fanaika probable Week 15
by Chris Cwik |

Cardinals OL Paul Fanaika is probable Week 15 against the Titans.

Fanaika is dealing with a back injury. He was limited in practices early in the week, but was upgraded to full practice Friday.

June 2, 2015 07:13 PM
Cardinals make OL changes in wake of rookie's injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced Monday his plans for the offensive line in the wake of Jonathan Cooper's leg injury, which will keep him out for most of the 2013 season. Arians said Daryn Colledge, who moved to right guard after Cooper was drafted, will revert back to the left side and Paul Fanaika will replace Colledge on the right side.

"That’s a natural fit," Arians said of moving Colledge, per "I like it more that Paul has played right guard so we’re only moving one player. You never want to move two. And I like the fact that Paul has played extremely well the whole time."


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