Player News - Cardinals

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Coach Bruce Arians said DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) will play in Arizona's third preseason game.

Mathieu got in some 11-on-11 work earlier this week. Getting cleared for Sunday's game puts him on track for the season opener. First-round DL Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is also expected to play against Houston.
Aug 26 - 4:10 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was again held out of Thursday's practice, and is questionable for Sunday's preseason game.

If Fitz isn't practicing today, the Cards will almost certainly be cautious over the weekend. The issue has been lingering for about a week now, but there's been zero indication it will affect Fitz's Week 1 status.
Aug 25 - 3:28 PM

John Brown (concussion) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday.

Brown's Wednesday headache looks like it was just a scare after he returned from his concussion on Sunday. It's still obviously a situation to monitor, and a concern heading into Week 1. Brown will probably be held out of this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 25 - 2:11 PM

Cardinals team reporter Darren Urban says the starting cornerback job opposite Patrick Peterson is "far from settled."

It will likely come down to either Brandon Williams or Justin Bethel, though coach Bruce Arians has called Mike Jenkins a "sleeper." Urban conceded that if the season started today, Williams would likely get the nod over Bethel, who has spent most of camp recovering from a foot injury. Whoever earns the starting job will be targeted frequently as teams tend to avoid throwing at Peterson.
Aug 24 - 5:19 PM

John Brown missed Cardinals practice with a headache on Wednesday.

We usually wait three days to blurb players with seemingly day-to-day injuries, but this is especially concerning after Brown missed three weeks of training camp with a concussion. He was cleared to practice earlier this week. Brown will likely be placed back into the NFL's concussion protocol. We're not quite worried that he'll miss Week 1, but the situation is increasingly troubling.
Aug 24 - 3:31 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes second-year OLB Markus Golden "has the tools to become a star" in 2016.

Coach Bruce Arians hinted at this a little bit back in March after the team acquired Chandler Jones, suggesting Jones' addition will free up Golden for more one-on-one situations. Golden was in on 651 snaps as a rookie, and was credited with eight sacks and 49 combined hits and hurries by Pro Football Focus, while also receiving an elite pass-rush productivity score.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 10:24 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said there is a "good chance" first-round DL Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) plays this week.

Nkemdiche has been sidelined since suffering a high-ankle sprain late in July. He is expected back at practice Wednesday, and it sounds like he will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Texans. The first-rounder is expected to play a rotational role early.
Aug 22 - 1:04 PM

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) saw some snaps during 11-on-11 drills during Sunday's practice.

It is yet another step in the right direction for Mathieu, who is recovering from a December ACL tear. It would be a surprise if he is not ready for Week 1.
Aug 22 - 9:10 AM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is practicing at Cardinals camp Sunday after missing the second preseason game.

He sat out the second exhibition with a "slight" MCL sprain. Fitzgerald should be all systems go for next weekend's regular season dress rehearsal, and 100 percent long before Week 1. Fitz is safe to draft as a WR2/3 in fantasy leagues.
Aug 21 - 4:45 PM

John Brown (concussion) has been cleared to resume practicing.

We got mildly concerned as Brown missed nearly three weeks of training camp with the brain injury. He should now have a shot to play in the Cardinals' regular season dress rehearsal next weekend. 26-year-old Brown is coming off a breakout 65-1,003-7 campaign despite nursing hamstring problems for most of 2015. He's arguably the highest-floor fantasy pick in Arizona's wideout corps.
Aug 21 - 4:34 PM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor is planning to play through his torn biceps.

It's still unclear when Okafor will be ready to get back into action, but he is opting for rest and rehab over surgery. The Cardinals will presumably hope Okafor can handle 15-20 snaps per game behind Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Aug 21 - 2:40 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Larry Fitzgerald is dealing with a "slight MCL" sprain.

Fitzgerald was held out of practice Wednesday before sitting out the second preseason game Friday night. There is not much reason for concern at this point, but Fitzgerald will likely be babied through the rest of the preseason. With John Brown still not practicing because of a concussion, the Cardinals have some injury issues at receiver.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 12:11 AM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor has a torn biceps.

Coach Bruce Arians said the team is still determining if Okafor needs surgery, which would likely knock him out for the season. After an eight-sack sophomore campaign, Okafor managed two sacks during an injury-shortened 2015. He is Arizona's No. 3 outside linebacker behind Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Aug 20 - 12:06 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is on the sidelines Friday night.

Arians spent Tuesday night at the hospital after complaining of stomach pain, but he was released Wednesday. He appears to have escaped without any serious concerns. The two-time coach of the year and prostate cancer survivor should be fine moving forward.
Aug 19 - 9:25 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will not play in the Cardinals' second preseason game Friday night.

Fitzgerald is listed with a knee injury which forced him to miss Wednesday's practice, but all indications are it is just a day-to-day injury. John Brown (concussion), Tyrann Mathieu (knee), Justin Bethel (foot), and Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) will also sit out.
Aug 19 - 8:20 PM


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