|Offense||21st||81.2 (30th)||241.3 (13th)|
|Defense||8th||96.8 (7th)||223.8 (15th)|
|54||Albright, Bryson||LB||6-5||245||3/15/1994||1||Miami (Ohio)|
|9||Barkley, Matt||QB||6-2||227||9/8/1990||5||Southern California|
|75||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||8||Ohio State|
|46||Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||232||7/5/1990||6||San Diego State|
|12||Brown, John||WR||5-11||179||4/3/1990||4||Pittsburg State|
|20||Bucannon, Deone||ILB||6-1||211||8/30/1992||4||Washington State|
|37||Foster, D.J.||RB||6-0||195||11/22/1993||2||Arizona State|
|10||Golden, Brittan||WR||5-11||186||7/20/1988||4||West Texas A&M|
|42||Goodwin, C.J.||CB||6-4||220||2/4/1990||2||California (PA)|
|95||Gunter, Rodney||DE||6-5||305||1/19/1992||3||Delaware State|
|Johnson, David||RB||6-1||224||12/16/1991||3||Northern Iowa|
|50||Martin, Gabe||LB||6-2||236||6/5/1992||2||Bowling Green|
|96||Martin, Kareem||ILB||6-6||272||2/19/1992||4||North Carolina|
|34||Miller, Harlan||FS||6-0||182||6/20/1994||1||Southeastern Louisiana|
|87||Niklas, Troy||TE||6-6||270||9/18/1992||4||Notre Dame|
|90||Nkemdiche, Robert||DT||6-4||296||9/19/1994||2||Ole Miss|
|78||Painter, Vinston||T||6-4||318||10/11/1989||3||Virginia Tech|
|72||Pierre, Olsen||DT||6-4||293||8/27/1991||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|92||Rucker, Frostee||DE||6-3||280||9/14/1983||12||Southern California|
|86||Seals-Jones, Ricky||TE||6-5||243||3/15/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|53||Shipley, A.Q.||C||6-1||307||5/22/1986||6||Penn State|
|5||Stanton, Drew||QB||6-3||243||5/7/1984||10||Michigan State|
|79||Tuerk, Max||C||6-5||298||1/27/1994||2||Southern California|
|71||Watford, Earl||G||6-3||300||6/24/1990||5||James Madison|
|73||Wetzel, John||T||6-7||328||7/18/1991||2||Boston College|
|26||Williams, Brandon||CB||6-0||200||9/9/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|25||Williams, Tramon||DB||6-0||192||3/16/1983||11||Louisiana Tech|
|16||Williams, Chad||WR||6-1||204||10/19/1994||R||Grambling State|
|33||Williams, Kerwynn||RB||5-8||198||6/9/1991||4||Utah State|
|94||Williams, Xavier||NT||6-2||309||1/18/1992||3||Northern Iowa|
|27||Branch, Tyvon (IR)||SS||6-0||210||12/11/1986||10||Connecticut|
|30||Ford, Rudy (IR)||CB||5-11||204||11/6/1994||R||Auburn|
|44||Golden, Markus (IR)||OLB||6-3||260||3/13/1991||3||Missouri|
|74||Humphries, D.J. (IR)||T||6-5||307||12/28/1993||3||Florida|
|76||Iupati, Mike (IR)||G||6-5||331||5/12/1987||8||Idaho|
|22||Logan, T.J. (IR)||RB||5-10||196||9/3/1994||R||North Carolina|
|80||Momah, Ifeanyi (IR)||TE||6-7||255||10/23/1989||3||Boston College|
|62||Munyer, Daniel (IR)||C||6-1||305||3/4/1992||1||Colorado|
|3||Palmer, Carson (IR)||QB||6-5||235||12/27/1979||15||Southern California|
|68||Veldheer, Jared (IR)||T||6-8||321||6/14/1987||8||Hillsdale|
|38||Zamort, Ronald (IR)||CB||5-10||174||11/10/1991||1||Western Michigan|
|Anau, Peli||DE||6-3||250||10/26/1993||R||Northern Arizona|
|Carter, Jarell||DB||5-10||196||8/7/1995||R||Trinity International|
|Dillon, K.J.||DB||6-1||205||5/11/1993||2||West Virginia|
The move marks Painter's third stint on the Cardinals' 53-man roster this season. Guard Earl Watford is likely to miss some time with a high-ankle sprain, but Painter should still only serve in a reserve capacity on the offensive line.
Martin is still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Titans. However, his absence won't have an impact on the defense, as Martin was primarily playing special teams.
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.
Pierre will play Sunday against the 49ers for his first time since Week 5. He hasn't played over 25 defensive snaps in a game yet this season, making it difficult to see him as a fantasy threat at this time.
In recent days, Zamort was taking advantage of Justin Bethel's absence from practice due to a hyperextended knee, running with the first-team defense over 2016 third-round pick Brandon Williams. However, Zamort proceeded to tear his ACL on Saturday, ending his brief dalliance in a significant position. If he passes through waivers unclaimed, the performance was likely enough to earn a place on injured reserve with the Cardinals for the upcoming season.
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.
Following up Wednesday's limited showing, Bucannon is ramping up his activity level after missing one game due to a ankle injury. When he was running on all cylinders between Weeks 5 and 11, he totaled 56 tackles (45 solo), one interception and one forced fumble in six games. The other two outings were a different story, though. In his season debut Week 4, he managed one tackle as he eased into action after months of recovery from May ankle surgery. During the other two Sundays ago, he suffered the current concern just five snaps into the contest and finished with one assisted stop.
Munyer was unavailable for Sunday's win over the 49ers due to the injury, and the Cardinals evidently determined that the issue was significant enough to sideline the center for additional time. Arizona signed fellow center Max Tuerk off the Chargers' practice squad to take Munyer's spot on the 53-man roster.
Dawson's involvement was limited to field-goal tries, but the veteran still managed to post his fourth double-digit performance of the season. Although he missed a kick in the process, Dawson was the only Cardinal to score in Sunday's victory.
Tabbed in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, a healthy Logan would have provided an explosive returner and been among David Johnson's (wrist) replacements in the backfield. However, Logan's rookie season went awry when he dislocated his wrist in the Hall of Fame Game. The Cardinals were hopeful for a midseason return, but his wrist continues to experience tightness and push off an appearance at practice.
Dillon is a 2016 fifth-round draft pick, who lasted just five games during his rookie season before tearing an ACL. He's back and healthy and looking to win the open strong safety job that was held by Quintin Demps in 2016. Demps went to Chicago via free agency, and safety is one of the main position battles being waged in preseason.
Denham suffered a knee injury in practice Wednesday and will likely be shut down for the rest of the season. The Cardinals signed tight end Gabe Holmes to the practice squad Thursday to replace Denham.
Golden's main contributions are as a return man, since he has just five receptions for 70 yards this season. With a broken arm, though, Golden's season is effectively over, so Kerwynn Williams will likely take over return duties while Chad Williams shifts up a spot on the wideout's side of the depth chart.
Williams replaced Justin Bethel, the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson during the Cardinals' first six games. During that stretch, Bethel was overmatched much of the time, but conceding a long touchdown to Mike Evans in Week 6 appears to have been the last straw. Predictably, the Rams' Jared Goff targeted Williams early and often, and the veteran corner matched his career high in tackles in the process. Once the Cardinals return from a Week 8 bye, Williams should continue to make frequent contributions to the box score working with Peterson.
Disappointed with the state of the receiving corps behind Larry Fitzgerald, head coach Bruce Arians stated a willingness to give Williams significant playing time in the stretch run of the season. With John Brown (turf toe) and Brittan Golden (groin) sidelined Sunday, Williams ranked fourth among Cardinals wideouts in snap count. The career-high usage didn't translate to the box score, though, as Williams managed just one reception (on three targets) for eight yards. As long as he continues to maintain (or increase) that workload, the 2017 second-round pick should make a larger impact at some point over the final five games of the regular season.
Fitzgerald was the leading receiver, but Arizona's passing game struggled on the whole, as quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw for 189 yards on 41 attempts while also taking five sacks. Still, Fitzgerald was almost able to set his team up for the game-winning touchdown in the final minute before having a hit knock the ball out of his hands on a fourth-down play. Even with his team's less-than-ideal quarterback situation, Fitzgerald remains a hot fantasy commodity thanks to his massive share of targets.
With Jermaine Gresham (illness) considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins, the Cardinals have opted to call up Holmes to bolster their depth at tight end. While he still remains unlikely to see much time on offense, the 26-year-old could see some action on special teams.
Bethel's nearly two-year pursuit of the starting gig has been wrought with injuries, which actually reared their head in the early portion of training camp. With a hyperextended knee a thing of the past, he's beginning to lock down his long-coveted role. Although second-year pro Brandon Williams and veteran Tramon Williams are also a part of the competition, Bethel seems on pace to lock down the job by Week 1.
Rucker has yet to compile more than three tackles in a game this season. This kind of game seems to be the ceiling for Rucker, keeping him from fantasy considerations.
Mathieu added four solo tackles to go with the interception he recorded late in the fourth quarter. The 25-year-old was the only Cardinals player to see all 64 defensive snaps. He figures to continue seeing a heavy workload going forward.
Tuerk, a 2016 third-round pick, proved to be a bust for the Chargers, with the team waiving him in October immediately after he was reinstated from a four-game suspension. The 23-year-old had been a member of Los Angeles' practice squad, but Tuerk will now move up to Arizona's 53-man roster after the team was in need of a depth option at center when Daniel Munyer (toe) was moved to injured reserve.
In the absence of Adrian Peterson the last two games, Kerwynn Williams has been the lead back, accruing 185 yards from scrimmage. Behind Williams, though, Foster has served as a change-of-pace option. With 49 snaps on offense total during that span, Foster has notched four carries for 12 yards and gathered in four of seven passes for 26 yards. Reps will likely dry up if Peterson gets over his neck injury, but there's no timetable for his return, all but guaranteeing touches for Foster moving forward.
Albright bounced between the Bills' practice squad and 53-man roster last season, and he has spent this season on the Cardinals' practice squad. The 23-year-old will likely serve as a reserve linebacker and special teams player.
Golden is out for the season after Monday's MRI revealed a torn ACL, which he sustained during Sunday's matchup with the Niners. Despite being off to a slow start this season, his absence is undoubtedly a blow to the Cardinals defense. Kareem Martin, a 2014 third-rounder, is expected to slide into the starting lineup as a result.
Russell, who went undrafted out of Toledo in 2015, spent last season on the Bengals' practice squad, but is still awaiting his NFL debut. He'll assume the spot on the Cardinals' practice squad that had previously belonged to fellow wideout Carlton Agudosi, who was promoted to Arizona's 53-man roster Tuesday.
The Cardinals will be happy to have their top corner back Sunday, but fantasy owners should see Peterson as a risky option. Titans QB Marcus Mariota is averaging just 27 pass attempts over the last three games, which could keep the ball away from Peterson.
Humphries suffered a torn ACL in Thursday's loss to the Seahawks. He will now set his sights on a 2018 return.
Coach Bruce Arians said earlier Friday morning that Branch could be headed to injured reserve, and that is all but confirmed now with the news of Branch tearing his ACL. Moving forward without Branch, veteran Antoine Bethea and rookie Budda Baker will likely see an increase in reps in the secondary.
After Larry Fitzgerald's five catches for 44 yards on 62 (of 65) offensive snaps, Nelson was second among Cardinals wideouts in receiving yards, despite Jaron Brown (15 yards) out-snapping him, 55-40. Nelson has actually earned three of his five greatest workloads of the season the past trio of games, but it hasn't translated to the game log, which displays five receptions (on 15 targets) for 82 yards. His explosiveness also hasn't shown through, as evidenced by one reception of 20-plus yards during that stretch. Due to the lack of production, he defines what it means to be hit or miss, with more of the latter than the former at this point in his career.
Though Blaine Gabbert has performed adequately while starting the last three games and will likely finish out the season as the team's signal caller with the Cardinals not expected to activate Palmer from injured reserve, it doesn't sound like a quarterback controversy is in the works. Gabbert is slated for free agency this season and could be retained by the team, but Palmer's longer track record of success looks like it will work in his favor should he elect to keep his career going. With Palmer no longer requiring a cast for his broken left arm, the expectation is that he'll be back to full strength well in advance of the Cardinals' Organized Team Activities in the spring.
The Cardinals have been deliberate with Penny during Adrian Peterson's (neck) two-game absence. Of his 13 snaps on offense during that stretch, Penny has taken four carries for 15 yards and one touchdown while hauling in his sole target for 18 yards. Among his four rushes, three of them happened inside the 10-yard line, so he may continue to snipe prime TD opportunities from current starter Kerwynn Williams and D.J. Foster as long as Peterson is sidelined.
After getting cut loose from the 53-man roster earlier in the week, Agudosi will remain in the organization after going unclaimed off waivers. The undrafted rookie wideout from Rutgers is still waiting to make his NFL debut.
This move comes as no surprise, as head coach Bruce Arians announced Friday that Iupati would need to undergo surgery on his elbow to repair a bone spur. It was quite the turn of events, as the guard indicated a few days earlier that there was "100 percent chance" he would start this week. The injury is expected to keep him sidelined roughly eight weeks, which is around the time he will be eligible to return from IR.
Peterson hasn't taken any reps in practice since injuring his neck against the Jaguars in Week 12 and Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians recently stated he had "no idea" when the running back would play again, so the team's decision to shut Peterson down isn't totally unexpected. With Peterson out of the mix, Kerwynn Williams will continue to shoulder most of the workload in the backfield, with D.J. Foster and Elijhaa Penny also picking up some touches.
Seals-Jones broke out during Blaine Gabbert's first three starts as a Cardinal, averaging three catches (on 5.3 targets) for 56.7 yards and one touchdown per game. While Seals-Jones was expected to keep up the pace against Tennessee's lower-tier pass defense, the Cardinals' air attack instead took a step back, with Gabbert capped at 178 passing yards and Larry Fitzgerald pacing the team with 44 yards receiving. Moreover, Seals-Jones ranked behind fellow tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas in terms of snap count -- 18 (of 65) on offense versus 49 and 19, respectively -- meaning his workload may not be enough to produce consistent results.
Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.
Watford suffered the high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Titans, and the Cardinals will be down yet another offensive lineman as a result. Accord to coach Bruce Arians, a multi-game absence is expected for Watford, likely ruling him out for the balance of the season.
Gabbert's been awful over the past two weeks, throwing for under 200 yards in each game while mustering a combined 0:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. It doesn't help that he's been sacked a combined 13 times in that span as well. With the Cardinals offense stuck in low gear, desperate deep-league owners could be in line for a surprisingly effective outing from the Giants defense next week in Arizona.
Snyder was waived in order to make room for rookie linebacker Joseph Jones on the active roster. Snyder spent most of his time on the Broncos' practice squad, playing in just two games with the team. His only snaps during those contests came on special teams.
Facing the team that drafted him 10th overall in the 2011, Gabbert carved up the Jaguars for 241 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 38 attempts in a Week 12 win, including two big throws on the Cardinals' final drive that led to a game-winning field goal by Phil Dawson. Though Gabbert's ball protection has left something to be desired, his 6.9 yards per attempt over two starts exceeds the 5.9 mark Stanton put up over three games (two starts) in place of Carson Palmer (arm) before Stanton suffered a knee injury that paved the way for Gabbert to earn a look.
Williams led the team in carries (17) and rushing yards (61), but he failed to haul in his only target and didn't get any touches in the fourth quarter. Eliijhaa Penny took over as Arizona's lead runner for the final stanza and finished with 10 carries for 45 yards, while passing-down back D.J. Foster caught four of nine targets for 22 yards. Penny would be the obvious beneficiary if Williams were to miss a Week 16 game against the Giants.
Recent comments from both sides suggest that player and team are in agreement, not quite ready to rule Johnson out for the season but also showing no desire to rush him back into action without any realistic shot to reach the playoffs. Given that Johnson said his wrist felt stiff less than two weeks ago, a return still seems unlikely. The Cardinals probably would want to see him get at least one full week of practice before potentially bringing him back for Week 16 or 17.
Jones played all 60 possible defensive snaps Sunday and was able to extend his career high in sacks to 14. Not only are his numbers solid for the season, but he only has been held without a sack two times through 13 games, giving him enough consistency to be a reliable IDP option.
Dansby left Sunday's game in the third quarter and Josh Bynes initially stepped in. However, if Dansby can't return, expect Haason Reddick and Scooby Wright to also see an increase in defensive snaps. If Dansby's injury is long-term, he could sit out in Week 16 against the Giants and miss his first game since the 2014 season.
Williams was held out of practice on Wednesday before logging limited participation on Thursday and Friday. Though he may not be 100 percent, he won't need to see the field often as a depth player along the defensive line.
Barkley gives the Cardinals some added QB depth, with Carson Palmer (arm) on IR and current starter Drew Stanton dealing with a knee sprain. In any case, he's also behind Blaine Gabbert on the team's depth chart, so game action is not imminent for Barkley in his return to the team.
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.
Brewer, who fractured his wrist in early October, had been practicing with the Cardinals for about a week after the team designated him as one of two players eligible to return from IR this season. He should immediately settle back in as the team's long snapper during Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Ford has missed the last two games with the knee injury, and the issue will end up being a season-ending one. Ford did not play a single defensive snap his rookie season, with all of his use coming exclusively on special teams.
Baker was a full participant at Friday's practice to help avoid the questionable designation. The rookie second-round pick is in-line to make his fifth consecutive start for the Cardinals on Sunday.
Veldheer suffered a cracked ankle in Sunday's win over the Titans in what was another costly injury to the Cardinals' offensive line. With Veldheer now officially done for the rest of the season, Arizona will have to use rookie Will Holden at left tackle.
Goodwin was waived by the Falcons earlier in the week. He has recorded eight tackles (seven solo) across 12 games this season. The 27-year-old will presumably provide depth at cornerback for the Cardinals.
The writing appeared to be on the wall regarding Gresham's status for Week 15 after the team promoted fellow tight end Gabe Holmes from the practice squad Saturday. Gresham's absence will mark his first since Week 2. Troy Niklas and the aforementioned Holmes will now provide depth behind No. 1 tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.
If Okine clears waivers, he'll then be eligible to sign elsewhere.
The Cardinals brought in the veteran Barnes after placing Jared Veldheer (ankle) on injured reserve. Barnes, 35, spent time with the Saints during the preseason but was released prior to Week 1. Rookie Will Holden is likely to start at left tackle in Veldheer's absence, making Barnes a reserve option on the line.
The Cardinals have deemed the injury a "cracked ankle" and as a "broken leg" since Momah sustained the injury in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, but his 2017 has come to a close regardless. Ricky Seals-Jones will step in as the No. 3 tight end for Arizona unless the team opts to bring in a free agent.
Brown has managed a few limited practice sessions the past two weeks, but his turf toe still hasn't improved to a point that would allow him to play in a game. It's fair to wonder if the impending free agent will make another appearance this season.
Brown saw the field for a whopping 55 of Arizona's 65 offensive plays with John Brown (toe) out of the lineup. The uptick in role up to No. 2 did little for Brown's production. The fifth-year receiver still hasn't caught more than three passes since Week 5 and, while he's managed to find the end zone twice during that span, the very real risk of low production doesn't make those few highlights worth waiting for.
The Cardinals selected Reddick 13th overall in the draft in April for his versatility, which has been on full display during the first four games of his career. He filled in ably at dollar linebacker for Deone Bucannon the first three games of the season before reverting to a reserve role upon the latter's return this past Sunday. With Golden on IR, Reddick will operate as an outside linebacker, a position from which he racked up 9.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss during his senior season at Temple. It's unclear if Reddick will slot into the starting lineup again, but working opposite Chandler Jones should provide Reddick with opportunities to knock down opposing quarterbacks.
Bynes only played 11 defensive snaps Sunday, as he returned to his special teams role after two games playing full-time snaps in place of Deone Buccanon (ankle). Bynes recorded 17 tackles (16 solo) in that span, but with Buccanon healthy again, he won't get many more chances to make a fantasy impact.
The Cardinals were already short-handed at defensive end with Josh Mauro inactive, and will now be without Nkemdiche for the rest of Sunday's game. Olsen Pierre and Xavier Williams are the available options for Arizona at defensive end.
Mauro was listed as questionable and had played through the injury in recent weeks, but is unable to give it a go Sunday. Thankfully for the Cardinals, defensive tackle Corey Peters (ankle) is active, with Olsen Pierre and Robert Nkemdiche likely to see increased snap counts with Mauro sidelined.
Niklas was nursing a back injury heading into Sunday's loss to the Rams, but he ultimately shook off the issue to play 36 snaps (25 on offense) during the contest. Though he came out of that game with a couple of new injuries, Niklas' full practice Thursday indicates that neither is a major concern heading into the Week 14 matchup with the Titans. Look for Niklas to act mostly as a blocker when he's on the field now that Ricky Seals-Jones emerging as the clear top receiving tight end for Arizona.