Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense12th64.0 (30th)284.5 (6th)
Defense17th79.0 (10th)237.5 (22nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
36Baker, Budda SAF5-101951/10/1996RWashington
41Bethea, Antoine SS5-112067/27/198412Howard
28Bethel, Justin CB6-02006/17/19906Presbyterian
70Boehm, Evan G6-33108/19/19932Missouri
75Boone, Alex G6-83105/4/19878Ohio State
27Branch, Tyvon SS6-021012/11/198610Connecticut
46Brewer, Aaron LS6-52327/5/19906San Diego State
12Brown, John WR5-111794/3/19904Pittsburg State
13Brown, Jaron WR6-22051/8/19905Clemson
20Bucannon, Deone OLB6-12118/30/19924Washington State
45Bynes, Josh LB6-12358/24/19897Auburn
56Dansby, Karlos ILB6-425011/3/198114Auburn
4Dawson, Phil K5-112001/23/197519Texas
38Ellington, Andre RB5-91992/3/19895Clemson
11Fitzgerald, Larry WR6-32188/31/198314Pittsburgh
30Ford, Rudy CB6-020411/1/1994RAuburn
37Foster, D.J. RB6-019511/22/19932Arizona State
7Gabbert, Blaine QB6-423510/15/19897Missouri
10Golden, Brittan WR5-111867/20/19884West Texas A&M
44Golden, Markus OLB6-32603/13/19913Missouri
84Gresham, Jermaine TE6-52606/16/19888Oklahoma
95Gunter, Rodney DE6-53051/19/19923Delaware State
69Holden, Will T6-73129/14/1993RVanderbilt
74Humphries, D.J. T6-530712/28/19933Florida
76Iupati, Mike G6-53315/12/19878Idaho
 Johnson, David RB6-122412/16/19913Northern Iowa
23Johnson, Chris RB5-112039/23/198510East Carolina
55Jones, Chandler OLB6-52652/27/19906Syracuse
2Lee, Andy P6-11858/11/198214Pittsburgh
96Martin, Kareem LB6-62722/19/19924North Carolina
32Mathieu, Tyrann FS5-91865/13/19925LSU
97Mauro, Josh DE6-62822/17/19914Stanford
80Momah, Ifeanyi TE6-725510/23/19893Boston College
62Munyer, Daniel C6-13053/4/19921Colorado
14Nelson, J.J. WR5-101604/24/19923UAB
87Niklas, Troy TE6-62709/18/19924Notre Dame
90Nkemdiche, Robert DT6-42969/19/19942Ole Miss
3Palmer, Carson QB6-523512/27/197915Southern California
35Penny, Elijhaa RB6-22348/17/19931Idaho
98Peters, Corey NT6-33056/8/19888Kentucky
21Peterson, Patrick CB6-12037/11/19907LSU
72Pierre, Olsen DT6-52938/27/19912Miami (Fla.)
43Reddick, Haason ILB6-12359/22/1994RTemple
92Rucker, Frostee DE6-32809/14/198312Southern California
53Shipley, A.Q. C6-13075/22/19866Penn State
5Stanton, Drew QB6-32435/7/198410Michigan State
68Veldheer, Jared T6-83216/14/19878Hillsdale
73Wetzel, John T6-73287/18/19912Boston College
 Wheeler, Philip LB6-224512/12/198410Georgia Tech
26Williams, Brandon CB6-02009/9/19922Texas A&M
25Williams, Tramon DB6-01923/16/198311Louisiana Tech
16Williams, Chad WR6-120410/19/1994RGrambling State
33Williams, Kerwynn RB5-81986/9/19914Utah State
94Williams, Xavier NT6-23091/18/19923Northern Iowa
Injured Players
22Logan, T.J. (IR) RB5-101969/3/1994RNorth Carolina
38Zamort, Ronald (IR) CB5-1017411/10/19911Western Michigan
Practice Squad
19Agudosi, Carlton WR6-62202/1/1994RRutgers
 Albright, Bryson DE6-52453/15/19941Miami (Ohio)
 Gwacham, Obum DE6-52463/20/19913Oregon State
71John, Ulrick T6-53075/20/19924Georgia State
64Johnson, Dorian G6-530510/21/1994RPittsburgh
34Miller, Harlan FS6-01826/20/19941Southeastern Louisiana
 Painter, Vinston T6-431810/11/19893Virginia Tech
86Seals-Jones, Ricky TE6-52433/15/1995RTexas A&M
65Tasini, Pasoni DT6-33075/31/1993RUtah
58Wright, Scooby ILB6-02408/29/19941Arizona
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Arizona6-6317.06-4295.727.62142
 
 
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Position Listing
Vinston Painter
No Updates
Corey Peters
News
Peters (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons.

Peters was forced to sit out of the Cardinals' loss to the Vikings, but will return on Sunday following the one-week absence. He figures to get the start at nose tackle with Xavier Williams providing depth.

Brandon Williams
News
Williams is competing with Justin Bethel (knee) for the starting cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Williams isn't exactly off to a great start in the first week of training camp. First, the 2016 third-round selection was listed behind Bethel on the Cardinals' initial depth chart of training camp, according to Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. To make matters worse, Williams didn't work with the first-team defense when Bethel sat out Friday's practice due to a knee concern, per Darren Urban of the team's official site. Instead, Zamort filled in for the veteran. While Williams may be in a couple in name, signs already appear to indicate that Bethel will be a starter, assuming he's healthy.

Olsen Pierre
News
Pierre doesn't appear on the injury report ahead of Week 1, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Pierre appears to have cleared concussion protocol and should be ready to go for Sunday's season opener in Detroit.

Rodney Gunter
News
The Cardinals signed two draft picks on Wednesday, the team announced

Second-rounder linebacker Markus Golden and fourth-round defensive end Rodney Gunter both signed contracts with the team.  

Ronald Zamort
News
Zamort (knee) cleared waivers and was reverted to injured reserve Tuesday.

This move should come as no surprise. Zamort was declared out for the season after tearing his ACL in July. Combine that with his absence of NFL experience, and it's obvious why he cleared waivers.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Pasoni Tasini
No Updates
Scooby Wright
News
The Cardinals released Wright on Monday, Mike Jurecki of ArizonaSports.com reports.

The Cardinals released Wright to make room on the roster for fellow linebacker Philip Wheeler. Wright failed to tally any statistics in Monday's season-opening loss to the Lions. He now figures to either find a new landing spot or join the Cardinals' practice squad.

Deone Bucannon
News
Bucannon (ankle) appears to be trending toward his season debut Monday against the Cowboys, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

Although Bucannon replicated his practice participation from last week with a limited showing Thursday, head coach Bruce Arians said the dollar linebacker will "be on a snap count" in his first game action since May ankle surgery. If he's active Monday, Bucannon may not play exclusively at money backer, as he's been building up his knowledge of the other LB positions. IDP relevance may be difficult to come by right away, though, due to the performance of rookie Haason Reddick (15 tackles) in his stead.

Injury
Ankle - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Dallas
Ulrick John
News
John was waived by the Cardinals on Tuesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinal's official site reports.

The move comes after the Cardinals placed Pro Bowl back David Johnson (wrist) on injured reserve. In Johnson's absence, the Cardinals decided to bring back veteran Chris Johnson and sign D.J. Foster, who was previously on the Patriots' practice squad. These moves left no room for John on roster, and he now will look for a team in need of offensive line assistance to join.

Dorian Johnson
No Updates
Daniel Munyer
No Updates
Phil Dawson
News
Dawson hit three of four field goals and an extra point in Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over Indianapolis.

After hitting field goals of 27 and 40 yards earlier in the game, Dawson missed a 42-yarder as time expired in the fourth quarter that would have won the game. After a Jacoby Brissett pick, Dawson got another chance and ripped a 30-yard winner in overtime. The 19-year vet is four of six on field-goal tries to start the season.

Harlan Miller
News
Miller was promoted to Arizona's active roster Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Miller was the Cardinals' sixth-round draft pick back in May and he's spent the season on the practice squad. He likely will just provide special teams help and depth at cornerback.

T.J. Logan
News
Logan (wrist) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Paul Calvisi of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

The Cardinals' decision to wait until Monday means the 2017 fifth-round pick will be eligible to return from injured reserve until after Week 8. Logan could be back around midseason, as his timetable was estimated at 12 weeks when he suffered a dislocated wrist in early August. The return game represents his best shot at a significant rookie-year contribution.

Injury
Wrist - Injured Reserve
Brittan Golden
News
Golden (groin) isn't expected to play Saturday against the Bears, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Golden is looking to hang onto a roster spot as a depth wide receiver and kick returner. This injury has been hindering Golden since Monday, and his next chance to play is Aug. 26 in Atlanta -- an important game if he wants to solidify his Week 1 spot on the depth chart.

Tramon Williams
News
The Cardinals signed Williams on Sunday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

During the first week of training camp, the Cardinals worked out a few veteran cornerbacks, likely to gauge each one's health, but injuries to Justin Bethel (knee) and Ronald Zamort (torn ACL) seemingly forced their hand earlier than expected. With the addition of Williams, the organization upheld its standard of plugging and playing a vet corner opposite All-Pro Patrick Peterson. However, that veteran will likely be Bethel, if he recovers from a hyperextended left knee. If Williams is able to obtain a large role, though, he's coming off two seasons with the Browns in which he notched 105 tackles (83 solo), 15 passes defended and two interceptions in 27 games, 22 of them starts.

Chad Williams
News
Williams will be active for Sunday's game at Indianapolis, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed as much Friday, when he ruled out fellow wide receiver John Brown (quadriceps). Williams was deactivated for Sunday's eventual loss to the Lions, so an appearance in Week 2 will mark his first as a professional. However, snaps may not be aplenty playing behind Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson.

Obum Gwacham
News
Gwacham (undisclosed) played in 31 of the Saints' defensive snaps in Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers, Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Gwacham missed nearly all of last season with an undisclosed injury but he has since recovered. His play in nearly half of New Orleans' defensive snaps indicates he has a strong chance at a backup or depth role along the defensive line in 2017.

Larry Fitzgerald
News
Fitzgerald caught three passes for 21 yards in the Cards' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Surprisingly, Jaron Brown (11) and J.J. Nelson (7) were targeted more often than Fitzgerald was Sunday (6), in the first of many games the Cards will play this season without David Johnson. It will be interesting to see if head coach Bruce Arians shifts to a more pass-heavy offense in Johnson's absence, as that would seemingly steady the target floor of Fitzgerald despite the potential emergence of younger pass catchers around him on the depth chart.

Justin Bethel
News
Head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday that Bethel has locked down the starting cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "He's earned that job," Arians said.

The gig is one of the most coveted due to the presence of Peterson, whose lock-down status forces quarterbacks to pick on the other corner. Last year, Bethel's recovery from foot surgery derailed his chances, and training-camp acquisition Marcus Cooper took full advantage of the opportunity, parlaying a 69-tackle, four-interception campaign into a three-year, $16 million deal with the Bears. Bethel will aim to do the same due to his own unrestricted free agency next offseason.

Frostee Rucker
News
The Cardinals signed Rucker to a one-year contract Friday, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.

The last two seasons have been injury-riddled for Rucker, who mentioned in January that his return to play another season at 34 years old would be contingent upon his health. After earning just 28.3 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016, due in part to a sprained MCL that sidelined him for three games, he's merely a rotational defensive end at this point in his career. That said, Rucker could be in line for a bit more work in the upcoming campaign following the departure of long-tenured defensive end Calais Campbell.

Tyrann Mathieu
News
Mathieu (knee) is fully healthy and has participated in the early days of OTAs, Adam Green of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports. "It's just exciting to get back out there, especially with how last year, how it ended up playing out," Mathieu said. "Just a good feeling to be healthy again and just back out there on a football field 100 percent."

Mathieu -- who was on the mend from a 2015 ACL tear and a 2016 shoulder subluxation -- has been a playmaker in the Arizona secondary when healthy, but has yet to put together a full 16-game season heading into his fifth NFL season. His ability to stay healthy in 2017 will be key for a Cardinals defense that lost five starters in free agency this offseason.

D.J. Foster
News
The Cardinals signed Foster off the Patriots' practice squad Monday, Brad Almquist of The Boston Globe reports.

Lead back David Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist in the Week 1 loss to the Lions on Sunday and is expected to require 8-to-12 weeks to recover, so the Cardinals elected to bring Foster aboard to address their depth at running back. It's not expected that Foster, who appeared in three games with New England as a rookie in 2016, will be in store for meaningful snaps with Arizona right off the bat, but that could change if the likes of Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and Elijhaa Penny are unable to provide much production on the ground or as pass catchers out of the backfield.

Bryson Albright
News
Albright signed a reserve/futures contract with the Bengals on Tuesday.

Albright will therefore join the Bengals following the conclusion of the current season. He was a reserve player for the Bills before being cut in December of 2016, but the fact that Albright was signed via a futures contract gives hope that he could find a spot on Cincinnati's roster come September.

Markus Golden
News
Golden (ankle) played 21 defensive snaps during Saturday's preseason loss to the Bears.

Since training camp kicked off, Golden has dealt with plantar fasciitis and an ankle injury, the latter of which forced him out of practice for multiple days last week. However, he was able to take the field Saturday, when he added a solo tackle to his tackle for loss from the first week of the preseason. In order to preserve the pass rusher's health, don't be surprised if the Cardinals hold Golden out of practice on a few more occasions during camp.

Patrick Peterson
News
Peterson supplied 51 tackles (45 solo), six passes defended, and three interceptions in 16 contests during the 2016 campaign.

After an offseason in which he underwent ankle surgery, Peterson proved his health in the preseason, getting a few possessions under his belt in both of the first two games. Over the course of the campaign, his practice reps were occasionally impacted, most notably by a left knee injury from a Week 12 battle with Julio Jones. At this point in his career, Peterson is rarely picked on, as evidenced by 21 combined passes defended over the last three years. The lack of looks inhibit his annual interception total and thereby his IDP potential. No matter, he's a mainstay within the Cardinals' secondary, with no DNPs to date through six seasons.

John Wetzel
No Updates
D.J. Humphries
News
Humphries (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Head coach Bruce Arians indicated Monday that Humphries could miss as much as two weeks, so his Week 2 status isn't a huge surprise. The 23-year-old exited early during Sunday's loss to the Lions and was replaced by John Wetzel, who will likely fill in for him against the Colts.

Injury
Knee - Did Not Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Dallas
A.Q. Shipley
News
Shipley (shoulder) started in Saturday's preseason opener against the Raiders.

Shipley underwent surgery to repair a muscle issue in his shoulder during the offseason. It was unclear how along in his recovery he was, but his participation during Saturday's exhibition contest -- in which he logged 15 snaps -- indicates he is on track for a healthy start to the season.

Tyvon Branch
News
Branch (groin) played 14 of 54 defensive snaps during Saturday's preseason victory over the Raiders, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

A starter as part of a five-man defensive backfield for the Cardinals, Branch notched four tackles (two solo) during his limited time on the field. If Saturday's configuration is any indication, he could be in line for significant snaps alongside fellow safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Antoine Bethea in the regular season.

J.J. Nelson
News
Nelson (hamstring) remained limited at Friday's practice.

While a hamstring injury is never good news for a player so reliant on speed, Nelson's ability to practice in any capacity suggests he's on track for Monday's game against Dallas. With John Brown (quad) all but ruled out, the Cardinals will again need Nelson to serve as their primary deep threat.

Injury
Hamstring - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Dallas
Carson Palmer
News
Palmer completed 19 of 36 passes for 332 yards with one touchdown and one interception while adding six yards on three rushes in Sunday's 16-13 overtime win at Indianapolis.

Palmer failed to connect with Larry Fitzgerald on 4th and goal from the one-yard line early in the second quarter, but did eventually find pay dirt in the fourth on a 45-yard pass to J.J. Nelson to spur a late comeback from a 13-3 deficit. While the running game stumbled in David Johnson's (wrist) absence, Nelson and Jaron Brown stepped up at wide receiver with John Brown (quad) out and Fitzgerald having a quiet day. Arizona's offense still possesses enough weapons to make Palmer dangerous in favorable matchups, though Week 3's Monday Night Football matchup with the Cowboys isn't one of those.

Philip Wheeler
News
Wheeler signed a contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

For those keeping track at home, this is Wheeler's second signing with the Cardinals in 10 days -- his third since July. The roster opening came as a result of tight end Jim Dray's release Tuesday. Expect Wheeler to play in a special teams role with situational defensive snaps.

Elijhaa Penny
News
Penny will be a part of the offense Sunday in Indianapolis, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed as much Friday, but it's difficult to see Penny getting many offensive snaps, even with a committee approach likely in the absence of David Johnson (wrist). Instead, Kerwynn Williams will head the backfield, while Andre Ellington spells him and Chris Johnson picks up some of the scraps. No matter the breakdown of reps for that trio, Penny was seemingly guaranteed some work by Arians in Week 2.

Carlton Agudosi
No Updates
Mike Iupati
News
Iupati (triceps) was officially ruled out for Week 2.

Iupati did not practice this week after playing 70 of 75 offensive snaps against the Lions in Week 1. Head coach Bruce Arians indicated Alex Boone will start in Iupati's absence.

Injury
Triceps - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Dallas
Ricky Seals-Jones
News
Seals-Jones (ankle) participated in Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

After sitting out Tuesday's session, Seals-Jones made a mark in his return, accounting for an acrobatic touchdown grab on an inaccurate throw from fourth-string QB Trevor Knight. Due to the presence of tight ends Jermaine Gresham, Troy Niklas and Ifeanyi Momah in front of him, Seals-Jones has his work cut out for him regarding a spot on the 53-man roster.

Kareem Martin
News
Martin (knee) will be active for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.

Blaine Gabbert
News
Gabbert remains the Cardinals' No. 3 quarterback, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

When asked about a potential QB controversy between Drew Stanton and Gabbert on Tuesday, head coach Bruce Arians was defiantly in Stanton's corner as the backup to Carson Palmer, likely due to his experience within the offense. The question was somewhat valid due to Gabbert directing the offense on six scoring drives in three preseason games, including four for touchdowns. His overall line is also fair -- 30 for 48 for 412 yards and one touchdown versus one interception -- but indecisiveness has reigned, as evidenced by eight sacks taken. It'll be interesting to see if Gabbert's performance will force the Cardinals to keep three signal-callers on the 53-man roster.

Will Holden
No Updates
Drew Stanton
News
Stanton won't be available for Thursday's Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Head coach Bruce Arians is giving the elder statesmen of the QB room (Stanton and starter Carson Palmer) the night off, thereby giving Blaine Gabbert an opportunity to display his knowledge of the offense. Stanton is in a pseudo competition with Gabbert for the backup role, but with four years in the system, the former would likely only lose the spot if Gabbert impresses thoroughly in the preseason.

Andre Ellington
News
Ellington is slated to see most of his usage on third downs in the Cardinals' Week 2 matchup with the Colts on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

With star back David Johnson (wrist) landing on injured reserve earlier this week and not expected back until December, Kerwynn Williams will get the first crack at serving as the team's lead back. However, since Ellington profiles as the Cardinals' top healthy pass catcher out of the backfield, Williams won't be in store for a Johnson-like workload, and the newly signed Chris Johnson could also see snaps in shorter-yardage situations. Williams is still on track to see most of the touches at running back, but Ellington could carry intrigue in deeper PPR formats while David Johnson is sidelined.

Kerwynn Williams
News
Williams rushed nine times for 22 yards while failing to draw a target in the passing game during Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over the Colts.

Williams got only two fewer carries than Chris Johnson, but Johnson gained 22 more yards. While the 2013 seventh-rounder got the start, his ineffectiveness forced coach Bruce Arians to look elsewhere. There are still carries to be had in this backfield sans David Johnson (wrist), but Williams won't get many unless he shows improvement moving forward.

Evan Boehm
No Updates
David Johnson
News
Johnson will undergo surgery Thursday to repair his dislocated left wrist and isn't expected to be activated from injured reserve until December, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Earlier projections suggested that Johnson would miss 8-to-12 weeks while recovering from surgery, but Rapoport's report intimates that the running back is likely trending toward the longer side of that timetable. At this point, it looks as though Johnson, who would have been eligible to come off IR and play as soon as Nov. 9 against the Seahawks, will target the Cardinals' Week 13 game against the Rams on Dec. 3 for his return to the field. If that return date holds true, Johnson would be able to make five appearances before the regular season ends, which may be enough games for fantasy owners to justify rostering him for the duration of his absence. While Johnson is sidelined, Kerwynn Williams could receive the first crack at serving as the Cardinals' lead back. If Williams falters in that capacity, Andre Ellington and the newly re-signed Chris Johnson could notice a positive bump in their snap counts.

Injury
Wrist - Injured Reserve
Chandler Jones
News
The Cardinals and Jones agreed to a five-year, $83 million contract Thursday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Jones has become a very rich man in a short span, progressing from the franchise tag on Feb. 27 to a long-term deal by the outset of the new league year. The contract was earned after he guided the Cardinals to an NFL-leading 48 sacks last season, though Calais Campbell's eight have left behind Arizona for Jacksonville in free agency. Still, Jones (11 sacks) and Markus Golden (12.5) form a fearsome pass-rushing duo, and the former will be seeking out the fourth double-digit tally of his career during the 2017 campaign.

Karlos Dansby
News
Dansby (hip) was limited in practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

For the second week in a row, Dansby has appeared on the team's first injury report, exchanging a shin injury for a hip concern. On this occasion, he actually was able to participate, meaning he should be able to avoid a game-day designation yet again. For the season, Dansby has logged 96.5 percent of the defensive snaps, which has translated to the second-most tackles (17) on the Cardinals.

Injury
Hip - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Dallas
Xavier Williams
No Updates
Andy Lee
News
The Cardinals signed Lee to their roster Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports.

After 11 seasons with the Niners, Lee spent his previous two with both the Browns and Panthers. He failed to win the punting battle with the Bengals during training camp, but the Cardinals were in need at the position. The veteran will now begin his 14th season in Arizona.

Aaron Brewer
No Updates
Rudy Ford
News
Ford doesn't appear on the injury report ahead of Week 1, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Ford's preseason hamstring injury appears to be a thing of the past. He's set to enter the regular season as a reserve safety behind Tyrann Mathieu and Budda Baker.

Budda Baker
News
The Cardinals selected Baker in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 36th overall.

Baker (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) was a top contributor to Washington's dominant pass defense in 2016, and at the Combine he confirmed he was one of the draft's best athletes at the position with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and elite agility numbers. It's not clear whether Baker will play a true safety role or see some looks at corner, but he makes a strong pass defense stronger one way or another.

Jared Veldheer
No Updates
Jermaine Gresham
News
Head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday that Gresham (ribs) will likely suit up Monday against the Cowboys, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.

Gresham kicked off the week with a limited showing at Thursday's practice, but Arians' comment indicates he's marching toward a return. Assuming he avoids a setback with his rib injury, he'll push Troy Niklas and Ifeanyi Momah down the depth chart at tight end.

Injury
Ribs - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Dallas
Antoine Bethea
News
Bethea and the Cardinals have reached agreement on a three-year contract, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Released by the 49ers on Tuesday, the 32-year-old Bethea didn't need much time to find a new home in the NFC West. He'll likely be replacing Tony Jefferson, who had 96 tackles in 15 games last season, and is now expected to sign with the Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bethea topped 100 tackles last season for the first time since accomplishing the feat in each year from 2010 to 2013. Heading into his 12th professional season, he's still a solid starter and an IDP asset.

Alex Boone
News
Boone signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Boone, who the Vikings cut over the weekend after he refused to take a pay cut, will provide the Cardinals with depth at guard and could even challenge for a first-string gig. Over his previous eight seasons in the league, the Ohio State product has started 73 games for the 49ers and Vikings.

Ifeanyi Momah
News
Momah will start Sunday's game at Indianapolis, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Momah is getting the nod at tight end with Jermaine Gresham (ribs) absent and Troy Niklas hampered by a hip injury. Granted, Niklas is available, but head coach Bruce Arians will role with the healthy body in the top unit.

John Brown
News
Brown (quad) did some individual work off to the side at Friday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

While still unable to practice, Brown at least showed some kind of hint at progress. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians all but ruled the speedy receiver out for Week 3, saying it would be "miraculous" if Brown were able to suit up for Monday Night Football against the Cowboys. Meanwhile, J.J. Nelson (hamstring) was a limited practice participant both Thursday and Friday.

Injury
Quadriceps - Did Not Practice on Friday. Doubtful for Week 3 vs. Dallas
Chris Johnson
News
Head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday that Johnson's carry count will increase Monday versus the Cowboys, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

In Arizona's first game without David Johnson (wrist), Chris Johnson and not Kerwynn Williams found room to operate, outgaining Williams on the ground (44 versus 22 yards) while logging a similar snap count (17 to 18 on offense). Both backs have experience in the system, but Arians appears to trust in Johnson for more of the backfield reps. As a result, expect an uptick in Johnson's 11 rushes from Week 2.

Jaron Brown
News
Brown (knee) wasn't present on the Cardinals' injury report Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Brown had a scare during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win at Indianapolis when Colts safety Matthias Farley landed on his left knee, which experienced an ACL tear last October. In the midst of the incident, Brown racked up four catches for 73 yards on a team-best 11 targets, while J.J. Nelson broke out for a 5/120/1 line. If Larry Fitzgerald continues to the attract most of the attention directed at Cardinals wide receivers and John Brown (quadriceps) remains a regular DNP, (Jaron) Brown is a great candidate to receive frequent looks from Carson Palmer.

Haason Reddick
News
Reddick will begin his career working behind starting inside linebackers Karlos Dansby and Deone Bucannon, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Reddick made his mark at Temple as a defensive end/outside linebacker, but his ability to pick up inside linebacker at the Senior Bowl pushed his stock high enough to be selected 13th overall by Arizona in the recently concluded draft. Such adaptability will help him earn snaps right off the bat as a pass rusher in nickel formations, despite sitting behind Dansby and Bucannon on the depth chart. During his final collegiate season, Reddick racked up 65 tackles, including 10.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and an interception across 14 games. With such a varied skill set, he should further bolster a Cardinals defense that ranked first in the NFL last season in the sack department.

Josh Bynes
News
Bynes (hamstring) returned to Cardinals' practice Tuesday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardnials' official team website reports.

The Cardnials exercised caution with Bynes by sidelining him for nearly a week for him to recover from a hamstring issue. He received first-team reps in his return, as Karlos Dansby got the day off. The Auburn product seemingly is on track for a healthy start to the season.

Robert Nkemdiche
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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.

Josh Mauro
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Mauro signed a two-year extension with the Cardinals on Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Mauro was slated to be a restricted-free-agent this offseason but inked a new deal keeping him in desert through at least the 2018 season. In 15 games this season, the defensive tackle recorded a career-best 42 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss. At 25 years old, Mauro will head into next season as the likely right defensive end starter.

Troy Niklas
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Niklas (hip) is active for Sunday's contest at Indianapolis, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Limited in practice all week, Niklas will brush off a hip issue, but he won't enter the starting lineup in place of the absent Jermaine Gresham (ribs). Instead, No. 3 tight end Ifeanyi Momah will earn the start, which could forecast limited snaps for Niklas.

 

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