Player News - Cardinals

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Larry Fitzgerald caught 7-of-12 passes for 60 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

Fitzgerald contributed a handful of clutch catches to keep drives alive, but didn't get loose for any big plays and was unable to corral a few end-zone targets. On a day where Carson Palmer attempted 50 throws, it was disappointing that no Arizona receiver topped 70 yards. (John Brown led the team with exactly 70.) Expect Fitzgerald to bounce back in Week 4 against the Rams, who have struggled to slow down slot receivers early this year.
Sep 25 - 5:08 PM

John Brown caught 6-of-11 targets for 70 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

It's a big story because Brown's playing time and production were limited in Arizona's first two games. He finally got going against the Bills, drawing 11 targets to tie Michael Floyd for second on the team behind Larry Fitzgerald (12) in a game where Carson Palmer attempted 50 throws. Brown needs to be picked up in fantasy leagues where he was dropped after a slow start. He has upside WR3 potential the rest of the way.
Sep 25 - 5:03 PM

Michael Floyd caught 4-of-11 targets for 65 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

The Cardinals tried numerous deep shots to Floyd early in the game, but connected on none of them and wound up trying to nickel and dime Buffalo's defense underneath, which didn't work. Floyd scored a touchdown in Week 2 and has gone over 60 yards in his other two games, but he has been a disappointment in fantasy early in the season. He'll get a tougher draw in Week 4 when the Cardinals take on a Rams defense that suffocates perimeter wideouts.
Sep 25 - 5:00 PM

David Johnson rushed 19 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns and caught 3-of-6 targets for 28 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to Buffalo.

Beyond a handful of clutch catches by Larry Fitzgerald, Johnson was Arizona's lone source of offense against the Bills. He nearly had a third touchdown, but was tripped by his own teammate en route to the end zone on a late second-quarter red-zone play. Still, Johnson has surpassed 110 total yards in three straight games to open the season. Even against a stout Rams defense in Week 4, Johnson will be a top-three fantasy RB1 play.
Sep 25 - 4:56 PM

Carson Palmer completed 26-of-50 passes for 261 yards and four interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

Palmer held his own in Weeks 1-2 dates with New England and Tampa Bay, but he was a nightmare in Sunday's upset loss to the Bills. Buffalo's rejuvenated defense sacked Palmer five times, he held onto the ball far too long, and his passes floated in the air seemingly forever, throwing four picks in the second half alone. Palmer's schedule gets no easier in Week 4 against the Rams, where he will be a fringe fantasy starter.
Sep 25 - 4:52 PM

Cardinals declared RG Evan Mathis, DB Marqui Christian, DT Robert Nkemdiche, DT Olsen Pierre, DE Frostee Rucker, DT Xavier Williams, and OLB Kareem Martin inactive for Week 3 against Buffalo.

Losing Mathis stings, but the Cardinals are quite a bit healthier than their Week 3 foe the Bills. Earl Watford starts for Mathis at right guard.
Sep 25 - 11:51 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Cardinals DE Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is expected to miss Week 3 against the Bills.

It's a mild surprise to see Nkemdiche inactive after practicing all week, albeit in a limited fashion. It looks like the Cards are targeting Week 4 against the Rams for his return. The Cardinals are going to be thin at defensive end this week with Nkemdiche sitting and Frostee Rucker (knee) listed as doubtful.
Sep 25 - 8:33 AM

Cardinals DE Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

He was limited all week. Coach Bruce Arians called out Nkemdiche for his play in practice, but with Frostee Rucker (knee) doubtful, he should be active if healthy.
Sep 23 - 5:10 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) has been removed from the injury report.

It's the same routine the Cardinals did last week. Fitzgerald is a high-end WR2 against Buffalo.
Sep 23 - 5:02 PM

Cardinals RG Evan Mathis (toe) is out for Week 3 against the Bills.

Mathis wasn't able to practice this week and won't be making the trip to Orchard Park. He's week to week. Earl Watford will draw the start at right guard.
Sep 23 - 3:50 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was upgraded to "full' in Thursday's practice.

The Cards will continue to ration Fitz's practice snaps. He's on the WR1/2 borderline for Week 3.
Sep 22 - 5:09 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Fitzgerald was also limited last week. The Cardinals are just monitoring his reps.
Sep 21 - 5:29 PM

Cardinals CB Marcus Cooper has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2.

Cooper was acquired via trade from the Chiefs at final cuts. After rookie CB Brandon Williams got abused in the Week 1 opener, Cooper played 65-of-80 defensive snaps against the Bucs and picked off two passes, returning one 60 yards for a touchdown. He also broke up three passes. Coach Bruce Arians said he'll go with the hot hand at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.
Sep 21 - 10:49 AM

Coach Bruce Arians suggested first-round DE Robert Nkemdiche will be a healthy inactive until he improves his play in practice.

The 29th pick in April's draft, Nkemdiche played 15 snaps in the opener, but was a scratch for Week 2. It looks like he could be rocking sweatpants for the immediate future. Nkemdiche had some effort question marks coming out of Ole Miss. Calais Campbell and Frostee Rucker are the starting ends.
Sep 20 - 9:03 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians called out David Johnson for making too many mistakes in Sunday's Week 2 win over Tampa Bay.

Johnson totaled 152 yards against the Bucs, but struggled on the ground (12-45-0) and ran two bad routes, one of which nearly got Carson Palmer intercepted. Chris Johnson came on with Arizona up big and piled up 16 carries, leading the team. Beat writer Kent Somers called Arians' criticism of David "tough love." Expect Johnson to be on his Ps and Qs when the Cardinals visit Buffalo next.
Sep 19 - 3:38 PM


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