Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon recorded three tackles in his preseason debut.

He played into the second half. Weatherspoon missed all of 2014 with an Achilles injury and sat out the first three preseason games with a hamstring injury. He made several stops in the running game and held up Kapri Bibbs so a teammate could strip the ball in the first quarter, though the play was eventually called back on review. If he can stay healthy, Weatherspoon will be a big addition to the Cardinals' defense, but staying healthy has always been the problem.
Sep 3 - 10:33 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 45 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards in the Cardinals' fourth preseason game.

He ripped off several chain-moving runs against the Broncos' second- and third-team defenses, showing nice cutback vision and acceleration. Johnson put a move on a defender and gained 10 yards on a swing pass early in the game, and busted through the line on a draw play to pick up 16 yards on a 3rd-and-11. Johnson should be expected to look good against second-team talent, but his acceleration appeared to be intact after an offseason away from football. Johnson should put pressure on Andre Ellington and David Johnson for snaps.
Sep 3 - 10:22 PM

Cardinals' team reporter Jody Jackson said Michael Floyd's (dislocated fingers) status for Week 1 is still "up in the air."

Floyd started catching soft passes this week, but Jackson said no one from the organization has said they expect Floyd to play. With just 10 days until the season opener, Floyd has yet to return to live drills. We will not have a great feel for Floyd's status until the Cardinals publish an official practice report next week, but right now he appears to be questionable at best for Week 1.
Sep 3 - 10:20 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon is expected to play in the fourth preseason game.

It will be Weatherspoon's debut with the Cardinals and first game action since Week 15 of 2013. A standout when healthy, Arizona needs Weatherspoon to be a rock in their otherwise underwhelming linebacking corps. Weatherspoon has played all 16 games just once in his five-year career.
Sep 3 - 9:59 AM

Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale.

Gresham will miss the entire preseason recovering from back surgery and a hamstring issue. With Troy Niklas also sidelined, Darren Fells is locked in as Arizona’s Week 1 starter.
Sep 2 - 7:25 PM

Free agent ILB Larry Foote has officially decided to retire and has been hired as the Cardinals' ILBs coach.

Foote was "50-50" on playing earlier this offseason and took a temp gig as the Cardinals' ILBs coach. He'll now be the full-time coach. He turned 35 in June and was running on fumes last season across 15 starts for Arizona.
Sep 2 - 3:07 PM

The Cardinals plan to give Chris Johnson "10 to 12 touches" in their preseason finale Thursday night.

This may be Johnson's audition for a roster spot after he missed Arizona's last exhibition game with a hamstring injury. Andre Ellington and David Johnson are healthy, and the latter in particular has shown well in August.
Sep 1 - 5:44 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring) has resumed practicing.

He'll play in Thursday's preseason finale after missing the first three exhibition contests. The Cardinals need Weatherspoon to play important snaps this season, but he has one of the longest injury histories in football. His odds of making it 16 games are slim.
Sep 1 - 4:35 PM

Michael Floyd (dislocated fingers) was catching "soft passes" on Tuesday.

The piece of progress comes six days after coach Bruce Arians said he was "optimistic" Floyd would be ready for the opener. "I think my hand is doing what I want it to do," Floyd said. "I’m a fast healer, thank God." Still, we might not get a strong feel for Floyd's Week 1 status until the Cards get in an official practice next week.
Sep 1 - 2:45 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (hamstring) will play in Thursday's preseason finale.

Coach Bruce Arians later confirmed the news. It's a sign Johnson's roster spot is far from assured. Johnson has barely practiced since signing two weeks ago, and Bruce Arians isn't the kind of coach who makes moves on faith. CJ has to show something to crack Arizona's running back corps.
Sep 1 - 1:12 PM

David Johnson lost two yards on four carries but caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

The third-round rookie took a step back from last week, fumbling on a first-quarter short-yardage carry and failing to maximize his running opportunities. The good news is Johnson saw some action with the first-team offense, but keep in mind Chris Johnson (hamstring) was scratched. With the Drew Stanton group in the second half, Johnson was a primary checkdown target and secured an eight-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter, beating Raiders rookie LB Ben Heeney in coverage. Johnson's role is unclear entering the season, but he is very much a threat to Andre Ellington's workload. Strictly on the ground, Johnson has 17 carries for 64 yards this preseason.
Aug 30 - 10:54 PM

Rookie WR J.J. Nelson finished the Cardinals' third preseason game without a reception.

A fifth-round draft pick out of UAB, Brown worked with the Carson Palmer group in this one, replacing Michael Floyd (hand) in three-wide sets alongside John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald. Nelson appeared to run a bad route on a second-quarter target, miscommunicating with Palmer and resulting in an incompletion. Nelson and Palmer frequently seemed to not be on the same page. The Cardinals need Floyd back healthy to run vertical routes.
Aug 30 - 10:50 PM

Larry Fitzgerald caught two passes for 31 yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Fitz made a nifty 26-yard catch on Arizona's second drive, beating Raiders top CB T.J. Carrie on the play. Carson Palmer threw the pass before Fitzgerald even broke into his route, a good sign for the duo's chemistry. While John Brown will give him a run for his money, Fitzgerald is the favorite to lead Arizona in targets this season. He's an underrated WR3 pick in the middle rounds.
Aug 30 - 10:32 PM

John Brown caught one pass for 39 yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Brown made a gorgeous play downfield early in the second quarter, going up and above Raiders CB Neiko Thorpe for a 39-yard gain to secure an underthrown pass from Carson Palmer. Palmer also targeted Brown deep in the second quarter, but narrowly overthrew him. Through three preseason contests, breakout candidate "Smokey" Brown has a receiving line of 5-85-1.
Aug 30 - 10:28 PM

Carson Palmer completed 8-of-22 passes for 103 yards and two interceptions in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Bruce Arians let the ones play longer than expected because the offense struggled so much. Palmer was intercepted on Arizona's first drive, getting picked on an errant wide throw by Raiders FS Nate Allen along the sideline. The rest of the first half, Arizona's offensive line was bullied by Khalil Mack & Co., leaving Palmer without clean passing-game looks and forcing him into inaccurate throws. Palmer was picked again by Allen toward the end of the second quarter. Through three preseason contests, Palmer is 15-of-33 passing for 268 yards, one touchdown, and the two picks. He's been sacked five times among 38 dropbacks.
Aug 30 - 10:03 PM

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