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Andre Ellington | Running Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 199
College: Clemson
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Speaking Thursday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington was "95 percent recovered" from his foot injury.
Ellington is also in the final stages of his recovery from sports-hernia surgery. Ellington was a breakout candidate last season, but wasn't the same after injuring his foot in a Week 1 practice. A disappointing campaign followed, and now the Cardinals are openly pursuing a bigger back. There's a chance Ellington's 2015 fantasy appeal is limited to PPR leagues. Apr 23 - 2:09 PM

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Andre Ellington forced just 20 missed tackles on 247 touches last season.

Out of 18 running backs who accounted for at least 50 percent of his team's attempts, Ellington received by-far PFF's worst "elusive rating." It's just another sign that the Cardinals can't rely on 199-pound Ellington as their backfield workhorse. He's a change-up back and complementary piece to use in space, not a foundation runner who can bang it between the tackles. Arizona would love for Georgia RB Todd Gurley to be there at No. 24 overall in the draft.
Apr 1 - 11:20 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals would "like to have a bigger back."

The Cardinals asked Andre Ellington to be their workhorse last season, a role his 199-pound frame was ill-equipped to handle. His yards per carry dropped off a cliff with a heavier workload, which strongly suggests Ellington is more suited for a change of pace role. The Cardinals have shown interest in Adrian Peterson but it's more likely they address running back in the draft.
Mar 25 - 10:33 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he wants Andre Ellington to get "bigger and stronger" in the weight room this offseason.

Listed at 199 pounds last season, Ellington was asked to touch the ball 20.5 times per game. A preseason foot injury didn't help, but he wore down under that workload, averaging a horrific 3.3 YPC. Keim and Bruce Arians have both said they want Ellington to remain their feature back and focal point of the offense, but staying healthy is going to be a concern. We've also repeatedly seen added bulk have a negative impact on running backs, especially those that rely so heavily on speed and quicks.
Feb 23 - 9:14 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is "still the focal point of the offense."

That's good to know, though we're more concerned about Ellington's health. The 26-year-old was hampered by a split tendon in his left foot for all of the 2014 season and recently underwent sports hernia surgery. Having the whole offseason to heal should allow Ellington to improve on the measly 3.3 yards per carry he averaged in 2014. But questions remain if the 199-pound Ellington can make it through the season as a "focal point" without getting hurt. The 20.5 touches per game he averaged last year took a major toll.
Feb 19 - 10:31 AM

Andre Ellington (sports-hernia surgery, foot) has resumed running.

It's further proof that Ellington will avoid foot surgery. Barring setbacks, he should be a full participant in Arizona's offseason program. It's nice to see Ellington getting back to full health, but he'll be a candidate to break down again next season if the Cardinals ride him the way they did in 2014. Ellington's 5-foot-9, 199-pound frame appears ill-suited to the monstrous workloads coach Bruce Arians insisted he handle.
Jan 15 - 1:57 PM

Andre Ellington (sports-hernia surgery, injured reserve) is expected to avoid foot surgery.

It was Ellington's hip/hernia that officially landed him on I.R. Monday, but his foot has been an issue since Week 1. The Cards didn't take it easy on their second-year back, dialing up 22 weekly touches before he fell apart against the Falcons in Week 13. The heavy workload was mostly good news for fantasy owners, but could affect Ellington's long-term durability. A pint-sized 5-foot-9, 199 pounds, Ellington may not have a long shelf life in dynasty leagues.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 02:37:00 PM

Cardinals will place Andre Ellington (hip, sports hernia, foot) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Ellington is headed to Philadelphia to meet with a specialist this week, usually the sign that sports hernia surgery is on the horizon. He's also battled a foot injury since Week 1 and suffered a hip pointer in Week 13. Perhaps it was too big a workload for the undersized Ellington, who averaged 20.5 touches per game at a listed weight of 199 pounds. The crumbling Cardinals will have to move forward with an ugly committee of Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice and Kerwynn Williams. Ellington's YPC plummeted from 5.52 as a rookie to 3.28 this season, and he produced just five touchdowns in 12 games.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:37:00 PM

Andre Ellington (hip) is officially inactive for Week 14 against the Chiefs.

Ellington's hip injury is worse than originally believed, and there is some talk he will be shut down for the season. Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice and Robert Hughes will form a underwhelming committee with Ellington sidelined. Arizona also declared S Tyrann Mathieu, G Paul Fanaika, DE Kareem Martin, DT Ed Stinson, G Anthony Steen and DT Alameda Ta'Amu inactive for Week 14.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 02:35:00 PM

Fox Sports 910's Mike Jurecki hears the Cardinals are considering shutting down Andre Ellington (hip).

The hip pointer Ellington suffered while picking up a blitz last week is apparently far more severe than originally thought. The undersized feature back will likely see a specialist soon to determine a timetable and course of action. It's a crippling blow to the 9-3 Cardinals, as they'll now have to ride with a committee of Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice and Robert Hughes. Ellington has also been fighting a foot injury since Week 1.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 10:29:00 AM

Andre Ellington (hip) missed Cardinals practice Friday and has been ruled out for Week 14.

The Cards will go with some rotation of Marion Grice, Stepfan Taylor and perhaps fullback Robert Hughes for Sunday's game at Arrowhead. Dealing with a "severe" hip pointer, Ellington's timetable for return is unknown. Giovani Bernard missed three games earlier this season with the same injury.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 01:25:00 PM

Andre Ellington (hip) remained sidelined Thursday.

At this point, Ellington should be considered unlikely to return on Friday. Coach Bruce Arians has said Ellington will be a game-time decision against the Chiefs, but owners need to plan on him sitting for Week 14.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 01:54:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is dealing with a "severe" hip pointer and will be a game-time decision for Week 14 against the Chiefs.

It sure sounds like Ellington is on the wrong side of questionable. He won't practice this week. If Ellington can't go, Marion Grice would draw the start, but all four of Grice, Stepfan Taylor, Michael Bush, and Robert Hughes could see carries. The Cardinals then come back on a short week in Week 15 when they travel to St. Louis for Thursday Night Football. Injuries are catching up with Arizona.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 08:58:00 PM

Andre Ellington (hip pointer) will not practice Wednesday.

Coach Bruce Arians admitted that Ellington was "pretty sore" after getting knocked out of the Falcons game with a hip pointer. Even if Ellington ends up being able to suit up against the Chiefs Sunday, he could very well be limited. Marion Grice is the backup.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 09:04:00 AM

Andre Ellington (hip pointer) could reportedly be back as soon as this week or Week 15.

It's confirmation that the injury Ellington suffered while picking up a blitz Sunday is not overly serious. His Week 14 status will likely come down to how the joint responds to treatment this week, meaning we could be looking at a game-time call. Regardless, expect newly signed Michael Bush as well Marion Grice to be involved against the Chiefs. With Drew Stanton crippling this entire offense, there's not a lot of upside in adding Bush or Grice.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
4Chandler Harnish
RB1Andre Ellington
2Kerwynn Williams
3Stepfan Taylor
4Marion Grice
5Zach Bauman
GLB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Ryan Spadola
4Nathan Slaughter
WR21Michael Floyd
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Travis Harvey
WR31John Brown
TE1Darren Fells
2John Carlson
3Troy Niklas
4Ted Bolser
5Ifeanyi Momah
K1Chandler Catanzaro