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Troy Niklas | Tight End

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 270
College: Notre Dame
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Cardinals activated TE Troy Niklas (ankle, hamstring) from the active/NFI list.
Niklas was recovering from a June ankle scope. His practice reps should remain limited for the foreseeable future, while he may not be ready for the first preseason game. Aug 3 - 1:26 PM

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Cardinals placed TE Troy Niklas (ankle, hamstring) on active/PUP.

Niklas is a reserve/PUP candidate after undergoing June ankle surgery. He was listed on the Cardinals' active/PUP list with a hamstring injury, however. Niklas was a non-factor as a rookie, primarily due to injuries, appearing in only seven games. We don't have high hopes for him in Dynasty leagues.
Jul 29 - 5:43 PM

Cardinals second-year TE Troy Niklas will undergo ankle surgery on Thursday.

Niklas went down in Week 11 with a high-ankle sprain that required surgery. He again rolled his ankle in Tuesday's minicamp practice and needs another "procedure." Coach Bruce Arians expects Niklas to be ready for training camp, but the ankle is an obvious concern for last year's No. 52 overall pick. Tight end is a thankless position in Arians' offense, leaving Niklas well off the fantasy map.
Jun 10 - 1:47 PM

The Cardinals view second-year TE Troy Niklas as "more of a blocking tight end."

This isn't breaking news, but it's a reminder that Niklas carries little to no Dynasty value as a 6-foot-7, 270-pound sixth offensive lineman in a Bruce Arians offense that has always made scant use of tight ends as receivers.
Jun 5 - 9:19 PM

Cardinals in-house reporter Darren Urban says the team was already "counting" on a breakout from second-year TE Troy Niklas before John Carlson's surprise retirement on Tuesday.

Coming off an injury-ruined rookie year, the 2014 second-rounder finds himself atop the depth chart alongside Darren Fells. Carlson's retirement does little for Niklas' fantasy stock, as he's a heavy-footed possession receiver in the Anthony Fasano mold. Bruce Arians' tight ends aren't counted on to make plays with the football.
May 5 - 2:12 PM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle surgery) has been cleared for all team activities.

Multiple high-ankle sprains sabotaged Niklas' rookie year as he appeared in just seven games. The Fasano-esque prospect will have a bigger role as a blocker and low-volume possession receiver in Bruce Arians' TE-unfriendly scheme this year.
Apr 21 - 11:54 AM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas needs ankle surgery.

Niklas suffered his second high-ankle sprain of the season in Week 11 and was sent to I.R. The 52nd pick in May's draft caught three passes for 38 yards on four targets as a rookie. He should be ready in plenty of time for training camp.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 08:37:00 PM

Cardinals placed TE Troy Niklas on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain, ending his season.

Veteran TE Matthew Mulligan has been signed in a corresponding roster move. The No. 52 overall pick of May's draft, Niklas suffered his second "high" sprain of the season in Sunday's win over the Lions. Although he checks in at a mountainous 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Niklas should max out as a possession pass catcher primarily called on to block.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Troy Niklas sustained another high ankle sprain in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Lions.

Niklas missed three games earlier this season with a "high" sprain. Now the second-round rookie's season is in jeopardy after aggravating the injury.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Cardinals rookie TE Troy Niklas re-injured his ankle against the Lions.

Niklas missed Weeks 6-8 with a high-ankle sprain. Another severe sprain would likely send him to injured reserve.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:13:00 PM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 9.

Niklas has missed the last three games, but has a chance to return this week. He should push for time in two tight end sets when healthy.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 05:38:00 PM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas sustained a high ankle sprain in Sunday's Week 5 loss at Denver.

Niklas, a second-round rookie, has one catch for 16 yards through four games. He missed a large chunk of the offseason with a broken hand.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Cardinals rookie TE Troy Niklas (hand surgery) was medically cleared for the start of training camp.

He recovered on schedule. Niklas' draft position (No. 52 overall) initially seemed to suggest he'd start right away in Arizona, but he broke the hand at OTAs and is now behind Jake Ballard and John Carlson. Even if Niklas climbs the depth chart in camp, he is unlikely to be a re-draft league factor under Bruce Arians.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 09:15:00 PM

Cardinals second-round TE Troy Niklas (broken hand) is questionable for the start of training camp.

The word came from coach Bruce Arians on Thursday, after hinting Tuesday he expected Niklas to be ready. Either way, Niklas should be ready for the second or third preseason game. His Week 1 status isn't in doubt. As long as tight end-unfriendly Arians is in Arizona, Niklas will be an unattractive fantasy commodity.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 02:23:00 PM

Cardinals second-round TE Troy Niklas suffered a broken hand at OTAs last week and is out until training camp.

Niklas had previously been limited due to recovery from sports-hernia surgery. Coach Bruce Arians remains confident he'll be ready for the start of camp. The top two-way tight end on Arizona's roster, Niklas is expected to play a prominent role on offense right out of the gate. The Niklas injury makes it more likely the Cardinals will hang onto Rob Housler, at least until training camp.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 03:43:00 PM

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