Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals DC James Bettcher suggested ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) isn't a lock to return this week.

This conflicts with comments from coach Bruce Arians. Bucannon is trending toward playing after practicing on a limited basis, but he's likely going to be a game-time decision. The Cardinals are expected to put Bucannon on a snap count if active.
Sep 22 - 8:29 PM

J.J. Nelson (hamstring) was limited at Friday's practice.

This is the second limited practice for Nelson after he popped up with a hamstring issue this week. The early signs suggest Nelson plans to play against the Cowboys, but his status won't be known until the Cardinals release their injury report Saturday.
Sep 22 - 5:09 PM

Jermaine Gresham (ribs) remained limited at Friday's practice.

It confirms Gresham didn't have any setbacks after returning to practice Thursday. Coach Bruce Arians expects Gresham to play against the Cowboys this week.
Sep 22 - 5:05 PM

John Brown (quad) worked off to the side of Cardinals practice Friday.

It doesn't sound like he did anything, and we still wouldn't bet he plays on Monday night against the Cowboys, but it's a positive that Brown is able to do anything at all. In Week 3, expect the Cardinals' three-receiver set to have Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson outside with Larry Fitzgerald in the slot.
Sep 22 - 2:37 PM

J.J. Nelson was limited with a hamstring injury in Thursday's practice.

It's a new injury for Nelson, though the "limited" practice suggests it's not serious. He has an extra day to get healthy with the Cardinals playing on Monday Night Football. Any sort of hamstring issue is still not something you want to see for a burner such as Nelson. His status will be updated on Friday.
Sep 21 - 5:24 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he expects Jermaine Gresham (ribs) to play against the Cowboys in Week 3.

Gresham was back at practice Thursday after missing last week's game with a rib injury and should be all systems go for Monday night's primetime game with Dallas. Troy Niklas started in Gresham's place last week at Indianapolis.
Sep 21 - 4:23 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) will make his 2017 debut in Week 3.

Coach Bruce Arians did say Bucannon will be on a snap count. Once he's back to full health/conditioning, Bucannon should be an every-down player.
Sep 21 - 4:14 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Chris Johnson's carries to increase in Week 3.

Making his 2017 debut, Johnson had 11 carries in Week 2, soundly out-playing Kerwynn Williams. Arians appears ready to give Johnson a chance to run with starting duties during David Johnson's absence. Fantasy players shouldn't expect more than an RB3 day, but Johnson is worth scooping up in leagues where he remains unowned (admittedly, probably not many).
Sep 21 - 4:11 PM

John Brown (quad) wasn't seen at the open portion of Thursday's practice.

Brown sat out last week's game with a quad injury and has shown few, if any, signs of progress. He's a long shot for Monday night's game versus Dallas. Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown will continue to operate as the Cardinals' top wideouts.
Sep 21 - 2:35 PM

John Brown (quad) is not practicing Wednesday.

He's not expected to play this week. J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown will fill in as the Nos. 2 and 3 receivers, and Nelson will again be a high-ceiling WR3.
Sep 20 - 1:51 PM

John Brown (quad) is expected to miss Week 3.

Coach Bruce Arians said it "doesn't look hopeful" on Monday. J.J. Nelson will continue to feature opposite Larry Fitzgerald in Brown's absence. Daily Slant: While Nelson was the breakout player with 120 yards and a score, Jaron Brown led the team with 11 targets. Although he only caught four, his inefficiency has more to do with Carson Palmer, who tossed Brown just 4 catchable balls. Palmer’s declining play adds risk, but the WR offers plenty of upside in return. His aDOT is 16.6 - 12th this season - and he accounted for 40.2% of Arizona’s air yards this week (8th), per Next Gen Stats. If Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick remains sidelined, Jaron will match up with rookie Chidobe Awuzie the most. It looks like a good spot as receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders combined for a 12/133/2 line against Dallas in Week 2. Jaron is a sneaky GPP option as all of the attention goes to Nelson.
Sep 18 - 3:32 PM

Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Chris Johnson could move up the depth chart for Week 3.

Johnson was easily the Cardinals' best runner in Sunday's narrow win over the Colts. He should get the first chance to establish the hot hand in Week 3 against the Cowboys, but Kerwynn Williams is unlikely to be phased out altogether. A washed Andre Ellington will do his best to change the pace. If at all possible, the situation is best avoided in fantasy leagues.
Sep 18 - 3:19 PM

Andre Ellington rushed twice for 11 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for 12 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Ellington played more snaps than Kerwynn Williams and Chris Johnson, but the Cardinals didn't make a proactive effort to get him the ball. Ellington also out-snapped Williams in Week 1 but didn't do anything with the opportunity.
Sep 17 - 4:39 PM

Kerwynn Williams managed 22 yards on nine carries in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

A hot waiver-wire pickup heading into this week, Williams was a total dud in what appeared to be a favorable matchup. Williams started the game, but he was so ineffective the Cardinals handed the backfield reigns to Chris Johnson in the second half. Williams didn't see a single target in the passing game and is looking like a lost cause in terms of post-Week 1 FAAB spent.
Sep 17 - 4:37 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 44 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Johnson was the Cardinals' best runner in this game, and although he opened the contest behind Kerwynn Williams, Johnson wound up starting the second half and handling clock-milking work. Still, the Cardinals' backfield has almost no fantasy appeal because of the wide-ranging rotation. None of its members finished with more than 11 touches in Sunday's 16-13 victory.
Sep 17 - 4:34 PM

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