Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said EDGE Markus Golden (knee) is "on schedule."

Golden was targeting an August return but looks doubtful to be activated before Arizona's third preseason game. The Cardinals are hoping to have Golden back for Week 1.
Aug 15 - 6:39 PM

Brice Butler (foot) has been ruled out of the Cardinals' second preseason game.

Butler started the Cardinals' preseason opener. He's day to day, but any missed time is a concern with Butler competing for the No. 2 receiver job. Butler's injury opens up reps for Christian Kirk opposite Larry Fitzgerald.
Aug 15 - 6:02 PM

Walk-year RB David Johnson said he is "encouraged" by ongoing contract discussions.

Despite an optimistic tone, Johnson seems to be more encouraged the talks are happening than by the content of the discussions. "I was hoping my production from my second year and what I did my first year would help out," Johnson said, "but the NFL is what have you done for me lately, so hopefully I can prove it once the season starts." Their only young and established weapon on offense, the Cardinals need to get Johnson under contract.
Aug 14 - 9:10 AM

Cardinals QB Josh Rosen will work with the first-team offense in Friday's preseason game versus the Saints.

Sam Bradford is expected to play more, but Cards coach Steve Wilks wants to see the No. 10 overall pick work with the first unit, too. Rosen struggled behind (and with) the second-team offensive line Saturday, completing just 6-of-13 passes for 41 yards and no touchdowns. Despite his final passing line, his adamant gunslinger tendencies were impressive. Larry Fitzgerald, Brice Butler, Chad Williams, and rookie RB Chase Edmonds should log a few additional snaps as long as Rosen stays on the field.
Aug 13 - 5:48 PM

Cardinals signed LB Gerald Hodges.

Hodges played sparingly in 11 games for the Saints last season, and started 12 games for the 49ers in 2016. His best bet for sticking with the Cardinals on their 53-man roster is excelling on special teams.
Aug 12 - 4:22 PM

Josh Rosen completed 6-of-13 passes for 41 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions Saturday in the Cardinals' preseason opener against the Chargers.

The tenth overall pick entered the game with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter and played up until halftime, when he was replaced by third-stringer Mike Glennon. The second unit did Rosen no favors as center Daniel Munyer struggled snapping the football while the offensive line had the rookie QB running for his life. Rosen had his moments including a 21-yard completion to Gabe Holmes in the second quarter, though ultimately it was not a memorable debut for the former UCLA Bruin. Beat writer Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic said the 21-year-old didn't look like "the most NFL-ready quarterback" on Saturday while adding that Rosen's performance did little to threaten Sam Bradford's job security.
Aug 12 - 9:56 AM

Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has been impressed with Christian Kirk's training camp.

"The one thing I love about him is his motor," Wilks said. "Full speed every play. You try to create that mindset, that muscle memory, and he has that." The Cardinals listed Kirk behind Chad Williams, Brice Butler, and J.J. Nelson on their unofficial depth chart, but his talent should win out opposite Larry Fitzgerald. We like Kirk's potential for a Year One impact in an offense with targets up for grabs.
Aug 8 - 7:19 PM

Brice Butler was listed as the starter opposite Larry Fitzgerald on the Cardinals' initial depth chart.

The Cardinals released the very informal depth chart Monday. Butler, signed to a two-year deal in April, is ahead of J.J. Nelson, sophomore Chad Williams, and rookie Christian Kirk, but this is all subject to change. The preseason will tell the real story. But Butler does have a chance to win the gig.
Aug 6 - 6:36 PM

Cardinals third-round C Mason Cole will take over as the team's starter after A.Q. Shipley was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Cole spent three of his four seasons at Michigan on the blindside, though he did man the pivot as a junior. Rotoworld's Evan Silva believes Cole will have to win with "technique, intelligence, and consistency over brute strength" as an NFL starter. He tested as a ninth-percentile SPARQ athlete at the Combine.
Aug 6 - 3:04 PM

Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley has been diagnosed with a torn right ACL and will miss the 2018 season.

Third-rounder Mason Cole will slide in as the Cardinals' starting pivot. A career reserve/swing man who finally got the chance to be a full-time starter in 2016, Shipley was sub-replacement level in 2017. Now 32, he will be a free agent next spring.
Aug 6 - 3:01 PM

Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon (knee) is day to day.

An MRI confirmed Bucannon isn't dealing with any ligament damage. He'll be moved back slowly but it's a best-case scenario for the Cardinals. Bucannon is questionable for Saturday's preseason opener against the Chargers.
Aug 3 - 8:15 PM

Updating an earlier report, Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon is out with a hyperextended left knee.

Bucannon suffered the injury during Thursday's practice and will undergo an MRI, though coach Steve Wilks didn't seem overly concerned and said his absence on Friday was mostly precautionary. The 25-year-old is coming off a lackluster 2017 campaign that saw him earn PFF's third-worst grade among inside linebackers.
Aug 3 - 1:52 PM

Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon sat out Friday's practice with a left knee injury.

Bucannon's knee collided with the helmet of teammate Brice Butler during Thursday's practice. The linebacker didn't appear to be limping when he left the field and DC Al Holcomb seems convinced the injury is only a minor setback. "He's a tough player and I'm not worried about him," said Holcomb. "He's fine." Consider Bucannon day-to-day.
Aug 3 - 1:11 PM

Chad Williams opened 11-on-11 drills as the Cardinals' No. 3 WR Sunday.

Larry Fitzgerald, Brice Butler, and Williams opened as the Cardinals' starters in their nickel offense. Williams was reportedly "more comfortable" in the team's offense during OTAs and apparently has a leg up on rookie Christian Kirk as the starting slot receiver. Kirk has the higher fantasy ceiling if he wins the job out of camp.
Jul 29 - 6:17 PM

Cardinals HC Steve Wilks said the team's starting QB spot is Sam Bradford's job to lose.

Wilks also said the backup quarterback role is currently a wide open competition between rookie Josh Rosen and FA signee Mike Glennon. The decision will come down to preseason performance. Bradford has looked good when on the field, but he hasn't played a full season since 2012. If Arizona struggles out the gate, Rosen could still receive his first start sooner than later.
Jul 28 - 12:54 PM


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