Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor confirmed he is "100 percent" recovered from the toe injury he suffered in January.

Okafor was mysteriously placed on the reserve/NFI list prior to the Cardinals' opening playoff game. He refused to get into the specifics of the injury, but the NFI designation suggests he hurt himself away from the team during the first-round bye. Now healthy, Okafor will fill a rotational role behind starters Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Apr 26 - 8:59 AM

Patrick Peterson's (ankle surgery) recovery time is 6-8 weeks.

It means there's a good chance he'll be ready for June's mandatory minicamp, and will be ready to rock well before training camp. "It was just something I needed to get cleaned up and it’s going to make me better this year," was Peterson's quote on the matter. Peterson's name has been bigger than his game at times, but he's coming off a career-best 2015.
Apr 21 - 5:34 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel recently underwent surgery to repair a fractured left foot.

Sources told the Arizona Republic that Bethel played last season with a "slight" fracture in the foot. It's surprising he waited until now to have the surgery. Bethel struggled when forced into the starting lineup late last season. The Cardinals need to find someone to push him for a starting job.
Apr 20 - 8:25 PM

Patrick Peterson recently underwent ankle surgery.

He's expected to be full-go by training camp. Peterson injured his ankle against the Bengals last November, but still started all 16 games and had the best season of his career in coverage, also intercepting two passes.
Apr 20 - 8:23 PM

Larry Fitzgerald said 2016 could be his last season.

Fitzgerald’s in the final season of a two-year deal. He rebounded with a career-high 109 catches in 2015, but hasn’t ruled out retiring after this year. "After the season — hopefully it’s in February — I’ll sit down and think about it, what I want to do moving forward," Fitzgerald said. "A lot of it's tied to Carson (Palmer) — Carson's playing at a high level. I don't want to go through any other quarterback situations." Fitzgerald showed he had plenty left last year, but might consider retirement if the Cardinals win the Super Bowl. He's entering his age-33 season.
Apr 20 - 6:37 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon has packed on 12 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Drafted as a safety 27th overall in the 2014 draft, Bucannon has been playing inside linebacker for the Cardinals his first two seasons. Arizona wanted to move him back to safety ahead of 2015, but it didn't happen, and Bucannon went on to be PFF's No. 10 inside 'backer, receiving positive marks for both his pass rush and coverage. He was a weak spot in run defense, however.
Apr 20 - 12:33 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians called 2015 first-round pick D.J. Humphries "more than ready" to take over at right tackle.

Bobby Massie bolted to Chicago, freeing up the post opposite LT Jared Veldheer. The 24th overall pick in last year's draft, Humphries was a healthy scratch for all 16 games as a rookie. Arians insisted Humphries had a "great November, December, and all the way through to today." Coming out of college, NFL.com O-Line guru Lance Zierlein compared Humphries' skill set to D'Brickashaw Ferguson as a long-armed, athletic pass protector.
Apr 19 - 7:09 PM

Cardinals re-signed WR Jaron Brown, S Tony Jefferson and S D.J. Swearinger to one-year contracts.

All three were restricted free agents tendered at the lowest level. Their one-year contracts are worth $1.67 million. Jaron Brown will compete for targets behind Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown. Jefferson and Swearinger are both candidates to start in the Cardinals' thin safety corps.
Apr 18 - 12:21 PM

The Cardinals are hosting the Patriots in the first Sunday Night Football game of the season on NBC.

It's a matchup of 2015-16 conference runner ups. The Packers travel to Minnesota the following Sunday night, with the Cowboys hosting the Bears in Week 3. The entire 2016 NFL schedule can be found at the link below.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 8:02 PM

Ex-Cardinals S Adrian Wilson has been hired by the team as a scout.

Wilson, who spent his entire 12-year career with the Cardinals, announced his retirement last April. Per FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo, he's been working hard at scouting the "last year-plus." Wilson is only 36 years old.
Apr 11 - 1:40 PM

Larry Fitzgerald said the Cardinals have had to hold Tyrann Mathieu back in his rehab from a torn ACL.

He suffered the injury on December 20 but has already resumed running. "He heals like Wolverine," said Fitzgerald. "We’re so happy to see he’s going to be ready to go for us by training camp, and he can pick right where he left off." Mathieu was one of the best slot corners in football last year and could be headed for a huge contract if he has another successful season in 2016. Of course, much of that depends on his health.
Apr 10 - 12:06 PM

Restricted free agent S Tony Jefferson said he is likely staying with the Cardinals.

Arizona offered Jefferson an original-round tender, meaning it would cost no draft compensation for another team to acquire him via an offer sheet. He has yet to see significant interest, however, and is likely best suited playing out his one-year tender before hitting the open market in 2017. With Rashad Johnson gone to Nashville and Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) questionable at best for Week 1, Jefferson is on track to play heavy snaps.
Apr 9 - 10:47 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said David Johnson "earned the right" to be the "bell cow."

"Everybody’s got to take it from him," Arians continued. "But Chris [Johnson] ran for 800 and probably would have had 1,200 had he stayed healthy. Andre [Ellington] can break the game open." The Cardinals surprisingly re-signed Chris Johnson this offseason, but David Johnson is still unquestionably the lead back. Unless he suffers a colossal sophomore slump, he should retain that position all season. Johnson is a clear-cut first rounder in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Apr 2 - 9:32 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes newly-acquired OLB Chandler Jones will help the other pass rushers on the roster be more effective.

"It’s going to make whoever’s next to him better, especially Calais [Campbell], when we put them on the same side," Arians said. "Markus Golden, Alex Okafor, whoever’s in there on the other side. We have a great rotation. I think either one of those other two guys can be double-digit sack guys." Of the names mentioned, Markus Golden has the best shot to take a step forward with Jones on the opposite side. A disruptive if not productive pass rusher as a rookie, the 2015 second rounder could flirt with double-digit sacks as a sophomore.
Source: ESPN
Mar 31 - 9:47 AM

Cardinals NT Corey Peters (Achilles') said he is "right on schedule" in his rehab.

Peters signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal last offseason, but he did not play a snap after tearing his left Achilles' in training camp. Peters tore is right Achilles' in 2013, and his successful recovery from that injury has made this rehab easier to deal with mentally. "It gave me the confidence that once I pushed through this rehab, I feel like I should be 100 percent, better and stronger," Peters said. "I am already stronger in my upper body than I was before." Peters will basically be a free-agent addition for a defense already stacked with talent.
Mar 29 - 11:08 AM


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