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Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor has moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart.

Thanks to Jonathan Dwyer's deactivation, Taylor will now be the primary "big back" complement to Andre Ellington. It's not a high-upside position outside of a potential goal-line vulture and weak handcuff.
Sep 18 - 11:38 AM

Carson Palmer (shoulder) was limited in Cardinals practice Wednesday.

This doesn't really help us guess Palmer's status because he was reported at "limited" in practice all last week, but beat writers said he didn't even throw. And he was inactive against the Giants. Palmer's availability for Week 3 is entirely up in the air. Drew Stanton could be in line for another start.
Sep 17 - 8:08 PM

Cardinals deactivated RB Jonathan Dwyer for Week 3.

Dwyer was arrested on charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault for two incidents in July. Stepfan Taylor will take over as the Cardinals' No. 2 back.
Sep 17 - 7:49 PM

KTVK Arizona reports Jonathan Dwyer was arrested for two incidents involving domestic violence in July.

Dwyer was arrested on charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault. The arrest apparently happened on July 21. It's Dwyer's first off-field run-in with the law but one that could send his NFL career spiraling down the drain. Dwyer has 51 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries this season as a minimum-salary player.
Sep 17 - 5:39 PM

Andre Ellington (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

Ellington is still dealing with pain in his foot and will continue to be rested on Wednesdays until he's fully healthy. He remains on track to play in this week's game against the 49ers. Ellington is averaging an impressive 5.1 YPC despite playing through his foot injury.
Sep 17 - 3:25 PM

Updating a previous item, Cardinals OLB John Abraham didn't pass through the concussion protocol Tuesday and will try again on Wednesday.

Abraham suffered the concussion in Week 1 and left the team to mull his future. He returned to the club Monday, but is yet to be symptom-free. The Cardinals took a flier on OLB Victor Butler Tuesday. Abraham remains day-to-day.
Sep 16 - 8:47 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (shoulder) has a "nerve that just won't fire," and it "could be a day, or it could be a month" before he returns to the lineup.

It gels with what Arians said Monday. Palmer is anywhere from day-to-day to week-to-week. Consider him highly questionable for Week 3 against the 49ers at 4:05 PM ET. Drew Stanton will continue to start for however long Palmer is out. Stanton is merely a game manager with accuracy issues.
Sep 16 - 8:44 PM

Cardinals signed OLB Victor Butler.

Butler is a pass-rushing flier for a team with few edge threats. Butler was viewed as an up-and-coming player when he signed a two-year, $3 million deal with the Saints in March 2013, but missed all of last season with a torn ACL, and couldn't even make it to final cuts this summer. He's not guaranteed to stick around in the desert.
Sep 16 - 5:27 PM

Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians admitted he was "concerned" about Carson Palmer's shoulder, but also hinted it could prove to be a minor issue.

Palmer has a bruised nerve in his shoulder. "Anytime you're dealing with nerves, you're concerned," Arians said, before adding it's "just a bruised nerve that's being ornery." Palmer himself said he doesn't know when he'll be back. For now, he should be considered week to week, and highly questionable for Week 3. Palmer could end up a game-time decision for Sunday's 4:05ET tilt with the 49ers.
Sep 15 - 3:58 PM

Coach Bruce Arians acknowledged Monday that Andre Ellington is still dealing with pain in his foot.

Ellington has a tear in the foot. The Cardinals haven't backed off him much, however, shoveling 16 more touches onto Ellington in Sunday's win over the Giants. He responded with 101 total yards. Arians says Ellington will continue to be held out of practice on Wednesdays, and they'll evaluate him thereafter every week. He remains on track to play in this week's meeting with the 49ers.
Sep 15 - 3:43 PM

Cardinals OLB John Abraham has been cleared from his Week 1 concussion and will rejoin the team on Tuesday.

It's great news for Bruce Arians' club, which noticeably lacked pass-rush ability in Sunday's win over the Giants. Abraham is the Cardinals' only true outside rusher. It sounds like he will start in Week 3 against San Francisco.
Sep 15 - 3:24 PM

Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu (knee) made his 2014 debut in Sunday's Week 2 win at the Giants.

Mathieu was a deep reserve in dime packages, playing on just 5-of-73 snaps. But it's an impressive recovery after he blew out his knee on Dec. 8 of last season. Mathieu was one of the league's best rookies before his injury, racking up 68 total tackles, a sack and two interceptions before going down.
Sep 15 - 9:27 AM

Carson Palmer (shoulder) admitted he isn't sure when he'll be able to return.

Palmer suffered a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder when he took a shot against the Chargers last Monday night. "They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down," Palmer said. "It's just one of those things you've just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There's no, 'it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days. You just don't know." Drew Stanton guided the Cardinals to a win over the Giants Sunday despite going just 14-of-29 for 167 yards with no touchdowns.
Sep 15 - 9:24 AM

Michael Floyd caught 1-of-6 targets for 19 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

Floyd busted a 19-yard reception on Arizona's first play from scrimmage. Drew Stanton couldn't get him the football from there, as the other five Floyd targets all fell incomplete. Floyd is a much better bet with Carson Palmer under center due to Palmer's superior aggressiveness and downfield passing mentality. Floyd will be firing up as a WR2 when the Cards face the 49ers in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 4:53 PM

Rob Housler was not targeted in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

He had just one target in the opener and has no value in re-draft leagues.
Sep 14 - 4:51 PM

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