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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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Andre Ellington (knee) is probable for Week 5 against the Lions.
After missing three games with a sprained PCL, Ellington is finally expected to play this week. Unfortunately, the absence allowed Chris Johnson to solidify himself as the starter. Until Johnson falters, Ellington will be little more than a low-end RB3. Oct 9 - 4:38 PM

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Andre Ellington (knee) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

It's his first full session since getting injured in Week 1. Ellington is returning for Sunday's game against the Lions, albeit as Chris Johnson's backup. He's a low-end RB3. David Johnson is off the re-draft radar for the time being.
Oct 8 - 5:51 PM

Andre Ellington (PCL) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Ellington was close to playing last week, but the Cardinals held him out to be safe. He should return in a committee with Chris Johnson. Both Bruce Arians and the Arizona Republic expect Ellington to play this week.
Oct 7 - 5:41 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Andre Ellington (PCL) to return Sunday against the Lions.

Arians said Ellington could have played Sunday against the Rams but the team gave him an extra week to be safe. Ellington was Arizona's lead back before the injury but now it appears Chris Johnson is safely ahead of him. Even with four teams on bye this week, Ellington is merely a flex option.
Oct 6 - 8:47 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Andre Ellington (PCL) was "close" to playing in Sunday's Week 4 loss to St. Louis.

Arians' comments suggest Ellington is at least tentatively on track to return in Week 5 against the Lions. Filling in as the Cardinals' "nickel back" -- as Arians described the passing-down role -- David Johnson had an up-and-down Week 4, catching only four of his ten targets, dropping a would-be touchdown pass, and fumbling a kickoff. Arians said Johnson "played like a rookie" against the Rams. Ellington may return as Arizona's "nickel back" against Detroit. Chris Johnson is locked in as the new early-down lead dog.
Oct 5 - 3:39 PM

Andre Ellington (knee) is inactive for Week 4 against the Rams.

Most expected Ellington to return this week, but with Chris Johnson and David Johnson performing well, Arizona felt no need to rush him. Consider him day-to-day. Also inactive for the Cardinals are QB Matt Barkley, WR J.J. Nelson, LB Shaq Riddick, OG Ted Larsen, OT D.J. Humphries, and NT Xavier Williams.
Oct 4 - 2:58 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington (knee) will be a game-day decision Sunday against the Rams.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported earlier today that Ellington would play Sunday "barring an unexpected setback" so this could be a bit of gamesmanship on Arians' part. Arians said that even if Ellington suits up, Chris Johnson would still get the start at running back. Rookie David Johnson will also be in the mix for carries.
Oct 2 - 3:45 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Andre Ellington (knee) will play Sunday against the Rams "barring an unexpected setback."

With Chris Johnson playing his best football in years, it's hard to gauge how much work Ellington will get Sunday in his return from a PCL sprain. Coach Bruce Arians has committed to Johnson as Arizona's lead back, while David Johnson has earned meaningful snaps as a role player. Fantasy owners would be wise to tread lightly with Ellington in his first game back.
Oct 2 - 10:33 AM

Andre Ellington (PCL) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Coach Bruce Arians has made Ellington sound 50-50 for a Week 4 return. Even if Ellington does suit up against the Rams, we'd rather fire up Chris Johnson as our RB2/FLEX.
Oct 1 - 5:27 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians stated Wednesday that Andre Ellington (PCL) is "50-50" to play Sunday versus St. Louis.

Ellington returned to a limited practice Wednesday, but Arians made it sound like he isn't particularly close to fully healed. "He’s 50/50," said Arians. "He can go straight ahead real fast as always. It’s just the turning and stopping a little bit." Agility is obviously one of Ellington's calling cards, and if he can't change direction fluidly, he isn't going to help the Cardinals. There are several days left before Sunday, but at this stage of the week we'd guess it'll be a Chris-David Johnson backfield against the Rams.
Sep 30 - 7:43 PM

Andre Ellington (PCL) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Ellington practiced on a limited basis last week but was held out. Coach Bruce Arians considers him questionable for Sunday's game, though most signs suggest he'll play. Ellington will be part of a timeshare if he returns.
Sep 30 - 4:40 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after Sunday's win over the 49ers that Andre Ellington (PCL) is expected to return in Week 4 against the Rams.

Arians said so confidently, which was expected after Ellington returned to practice late last week. Ellington's usage upon return is uncertain. Chris Johnson (22-110-2) was the player of the game in Sunday's blowout win over the 49ers, while rookie David Johnson has earned an every-week role.
Sep 27 - 7:13 PM

Cardinals declared RB Andre Ellington, QB Matt Barkley, WR J.J. Nelson, LB Shaq Riddick, T D.J. Humphries, OG Mike Iupati, and DT Xavier Williams inactive for Week 3 against the 49ers.

No surprises here. Ellington (knee) will be replaced in the backfield by a combination of David Johnson and Chris Johnson against San Francisco.
Sep 27 - 2:33 PM

Andre Ellington (knee) is doubtful for Week 3 against the 49ers.

Ellington saw practice reps Friday for the first time in two weeks, but it wasn't enough to get the green light from Bruce Arians. The Cardinals will go ahead with Chris Johnson as the lead back Sunday against the Niners. Rookie David Johnson will also get touches on offense.
Sep 25 - 4:55 PM

Andre Ellington (knee) returned to Friday's practice and will be a game-time decision Sunday against the 49ers.

Ellington's timetable was originally set at 2-3 weeks after a PCL sprain. He didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday and was "limited" in Friday's session. Chris Johnson led the Cardinals' backfield with 20 touches in Week 2 but was upstaged by rookie David Johnson (two touchdowns). Ellington has a better chance of returning Week 4 against St. Louis. On the off chance Ellington does play against San Francisco, we'd expect to see him as a member of a three-man RBBC.
Sep 25 - 3:48 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Matt Barkley
RB1Chris Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3David Johnson
4Stepfan Taylor
GLB1Chris Johnson
2Stepfan Taylor
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Chris Johnson
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Jaron Brown
WR21Michael Floyd
2J.J. Nelson
3Brittan Golden
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Darren Fells
3Troy Niklas
LT1Jared Veldheer
2Bradley Sowell
LG1Mike Iupati
2Ted Larsen
C1Lyle Sendlein
2A.Q. Shipley
RG1Jonathan Cooper
RT1Bobby Massie
2Earl Watford
3D.J. Humphries
K1Chandler Catanzaro