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Both John Brown and coach Bruce Arians acknowledged Brown's sickle-cell trait is still an issue for Brown's health.

Brown has battled continued soft-tissue ailments, and says his sickle-cell trait slows the healing and recovery process. "That’s a fact," confirmed Arians. In such a violent sport where elite athletes are moving full speed in an open field, the ability to recover from injuries is absolutely critical for football-playing availability. Fantasy leaguers need to tread cautiously with Brown in drafts.
Aug 16 - 8:27 PM

Coach Bruce Arians doesn't expect rookie WR Chad Williams to have an early-season role.

This has been the trending narrative on Williams after reporting to training camp out of shape. The Cardinals have a shaky depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald, but Williams hasn't looked close to ready this preseason. It's shaping up as a developmental year for Williams.
Source: ESPN
Aug 16 - 5:31 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said Jaron Brown is the Cardinals' No. 2 receiver.

Arians added a "right now," but Brown has taken hold of the job while John Brown (quad) has been nursing a quad strain for the past three weeks. A fifth-year possession-type receiver, Brown hasn't gotten many opportunities, but he was pushing at the No. 2 gig last season when Michael Floyd was scuffling. Brown ended up tearing his ACL in October. He's been all systems go in camp.
Aug 16 - 11:03 AM

Speaking Tuesday, John Brown (quad) made it clear he's not 100 percent and has no plans to "rush back."

Coach Bruce Arians intimated earlier in the day that Brown was ready to practice in full, but Brown isn't yet capable. "My body is different than others'," Brown said. "They expect me to come back fast, but I can’t. I’m all right, but I’m not where I want to be at." Brown remains more day-to-day than the week-to-week he has been for the past 2.5 weeks, but he's doubtful to play in the second preseason game. It's just another reminder how fragile and slow to recover Brown has been dating back to last year at this time. He's more of a high-ceiling, low-floor WR4.
Aug 15 - 8:10 PM

John Brown (quad) returned to "full" practice on Tuesday.

Brown's return comes one day after coach Bruce Arians admitted his absence was a concern. Brown ended up missing over two weeks of team drills. The disappointing camp comes on the heels of an offseason where Brown was declared "back" on his lost 2016. Brown is an inside-out threat who has legit chemistry with Carson Palmer, but his health has made him a risky WR3 in fantasy drafts.
Aug 15 - 2:10 PM

Coach Bruce Arians admitted he is concerned about all of the practice time John Brown (quad) has missed in training camp.

"It's a concern," Arians said. "He's not available. You're only good when you're available." Brown went down on July 28 and hasn't participated in team drills since. He's done some individual work over the past week, but Brown continues to fight soft-tissue injuries that ruined his 2016 season. At this point, it's impossible to be excited about Brown until he proves he can stay healthy.
Aug 14 - 8:58 PM

Andre Ellington is No. 4 on the Cardinals' running back depth chart.

He's behind David Johnson, Chris Johnson, and Kerwynn Williams. Coach Bruce Arians did offer up some praise for Ellington following Arizona's second preseason game, where Ellington totaled 51 yards on 11 touches. "He’s healthy for the first time in two years," Arians said. "He showed it on two or three runs (Saturday) and a couple of passes." Ellington remains on the roster bubble.
Aug 14 - 3:54 PM

Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones has dropped his playing weight from 275 to 265.

"I’m excited to move around a little bit more," Jones said. Coach Bruce Arians has noticed a difference in training camp. "I think he is quicker, especially when he’s out in space," Arians claimed. "He didn’t lose any power, that’s for sure." The recipient of a five-year, $82.5 million deal in March, 27-year-old Jones tallied 11 sacks as a first-year Cardinal in 2016.
Aug 10 - 4:40 PM

Cardinals OLB Jarvis Jones is dealing with an injured disc in his back.

He's expected to miss around a week. Jones will likely be held out of the Cardinals' second preseason game.
Source: ESPN
Aug 5 - 5:34 PM

The Cardinals will place rookie RB T.J. Logan (wrist) on injured reserve.

Logan needs surgery after dislocating his wrist in the Hall of Fame Game. He'll miss at least 12 weeks, but could be a candidate for IR recall. With Logan out, Brittan Golden is the favorite to handle kick returns.
Aug 5 - 2:26 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle, active/PUP) is on track for the season opener.

The Cardinals expect Bucannon to get cleared sometime in the next three weeks. It's an aggressive timetable given he's yet to practice and is less than three months removed from surgery. Bucannon remains questionable for Week 1, but it sounds like he'll avoid the reserve/PUP list.
Aug 5 - 2:15 PM

Kent Somers of AZCentral heard it's "not looking good" for T.J. Logan (wrist).

Logan suffered a wrist injury in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game. Though the Cardinals have not given "definitive word" on his injury, it sounds like they're bracing for the worst. A fifth-round rookie out of UNC, Logan will likely begin his career on special teams when healthy.
Aug 4 - 2:17 PM

Cardinals fifth-round RB T.J. Logan suffered a wrist injury in the Hall-of-Fame Game.

Coach Bruce Arians has his "fingers crossed" it's not serious. Even with David Johnson and Chris Johnson sitting, Logan didn't play on offense until the fourth quarter. Logan, who has 4.37 speed, is trying to make a mark on returns.
Aug 3 - 11:30 PM

Cardinals RT Jared Veldheer admitted he had to take a personal day away from the team and contemplated his playing future last week.

Veldheer acknowledged he did so immediately after results of a recent study showed 110-of-111 brains of former NFL players donated to scientific research showed CTE. Ravens C John Urschel immediately called it quits last week the day the study was revealed to the public. "There was some stuff going on and I was just trying to process it all," Veldheer said. "I just kind of needed a second to regroup and reflect." Veldheer has returned to the squad and will make $6.5 million this year. He surely wasn't the only one thinking about the "R word" after the study.
Aug 2 - 8:57 AM

Coach Bruce Arians called out third-round WR Chad Williams for being out of shape.

A favorite of the draft community for his high-end production at Grambling State and athletic measurables, Williams was being talked about as a potential sleeper in the spring. But it sounds like he's buried on the depth chart at the moment. "Until he gets in better condition he won't have a role," Arians said Tuesday. Williams isn't expected to be any higher than No. 5 on the depth chart come Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 1 - 8:46 PM


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