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Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians admitted he was "concerned" about Carson Palmer's shoulder, but also hinted it could prove to be a minor issue.

Palmer has a bruised nerve in his shoulder. "Anytime you're dealing with nerves, you're concerned," Arians said, before adding it's "just a bruised nerve that's being ornery." Palmer himself said he doesn't know when he'll be back. For now, he should be considered week to week, and highly questionable for Week 3. Palmer could end up a game-time decision for Sunday's 4:05ET tilt with the 49ers.
Sep 15 - 3:58 PM

Coach Bruce Arians acknowledged Monday that Andre Ellington is still dealing with pain in his foot.

Ellington has a tear in the foot. The Cardinals haven't backed off him much, however, shoveling 16 more touches onto Ellington in Sunday's win over the Giants. He responded with 101 total yards. Arians says Ellington will continue to be held out of practice on Wednesdays, and they'll evaluate him thereafter every week. He remains on track to play in this week's meeting with the 49ers.
Sep 15 - 3:43 PM

Cardinals OLB John Abraham has been cleared from his Week 1 concussion and will rejoin the team on Tuesday.

It's great news for Bruce Arians' club, which noticeably lacked pass-rush ability in Sunday's win over the Giants. Abraham is the Cardinals' only true outside rusher. It sounds like he will start in Week 3 against San Francisco.
Sep 15 - 3:24 PM

Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu (knee) made his 2014 debut in Sunday's Week 2 win at the Giants.

Mathieu was a deep reserve in dime packages, playing on just 5-of-73 snaps. But it's an impressive recovery after he blew out his knee on Dec. 8 of last season. Mathieu was one of the league's best rookies before his injury, racking up 68 total tackles, a sack and two interceptions before going down.
Sep 15 - 9:27 AM

Carson Palmer (shoulder) admitted he isn't sure when he'll be able to return.

Palmer suffered a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder when he took a shot against the Chargers last Monday night. "They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down," Palmer said. "It's just one of those things you've just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There's no, 'it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days. You just don't know." Drew Stanton guided the Cardinals to a win over the Giants Sunday despite going just 14-of-29 for 167 yards with no touchdowns.
Sep 15 - 9:24 AM

Michael Floyd caught 1-of-6 targets for 19 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

Floyd busted a 19-yard reception on Arizona's first play from scrimmage. Drew Stanton couldn't get him the football from there, as the other five Floyd targets all fell incomplete. Floyd is a much better bet with Carson Palmer under center due to Palmer's superior aggressiveness and downfield passing mentality. Floyd will be firing up as a WR2 when the Cards face the 49ers in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 4:53 PM

Rob Housler was not targeted in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

He had just one target in the opener and has no value in re-draft leagues.
Sep 14 - 4:51 PM

Cardinals rookie John Brown caught 3-of-4 targets for 28 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Giants.

Brown is up to five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown through two games. His role isn't big or consistent enough for reliable WR3 value, but Brown is worth rostering as a WR5. He could reach WR3 levels if something happened to Michael Floyd or Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals take on San Francisco next.
Sep 14 - 4:49 PM

Larry Fitzgerald secured 6-of-10 targets for 51 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

Much more involved than Week 1 with Drew Stanton under center, Fitzgerald worked the middle of the field in the Hines Ward-Reggie Wayne role under coach Bruce Arians. Expect Fitz's usage to be more along the lines of his Week 2 deployment going forward. He'll be a reasonable WR2/3 play in Week 3 against the 49ers. Through two weeks, Fitzgerald has seven catches for 73 yards.
Sep 14 - 4:46 PM

Backup QB Drew Stanton completed 14-of-29 throws for 167 yards and no touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

Getting the nod in place of Carson Palmer (arm), Stanton was largely ineffective but got a big boost from Arizona's defense and special teams, where Ted Ginn ripped off a 71-yard punt return. We suspect Palmer will return next week against the 49ers, and Stanton only got the nod with the Cardinals realizing it's a long season. Either way, this performance was not an indication that the Cards have a great backup. Michael Floyd only had 19 yards, and John Brown 28. Larry Fitzgerald had six catches for 51 yards.
Sep 14 - 4:42 PM

Jonathan Dwyer rushed nine times for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

He wasn't targeted. Dwyer has consistently been Arizona's goal-line vulture since late in the preseason, and executed again from one-yard out early in Sunday's victory. Still the clear No. 2 back to Andre Ellington's No. 1, Dwyer is no more than a low-upside RB3/4 in fantasy football leagues.
Sep 14 - 4:38 PM

John Carlson caught two passes for 43 yards on three targets in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

Carlson has four targets through two games. Although he is technically Arizona's starting tight end, Carlson holds no fantasy value in a Bruce Arians offense that schemes the ball to wide receivers and not Carlson's position.
Sep 14 - 4:36 PM

Andre Ellington gained 91 yards on 15 carries and caught 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

Ellington ripped off a number of big plays on the ground, but lost nine carries to Jonathan Dwyer, including a valuable goal-line plunge. Through two weeks, Ellington has rarely been a part of Arizona's red-zone offense, which is a major concern for his fantasy value in standard (non-PPR leagues). He's more of an RB2/flex in those scoring systems. He's an every-week RB2 in PPR. The Cardinals will take on San Francisco's depleted defense next.
Sep 14 - 4:32 PM

Andre Ellington is active for Week 2 against the Giants.

In spite of his questionable tag, Ellington (foot) was always expected to play. The Cardinals' Week 2 inactives are QB Carson Palmer, RB Glenn Carson, OLBs Alex Okafor and Marcus Benard, TE Darren Fells, DE Frostee Rucker, and P Dave Zastudil. Ellington could be in line for a lot of checkdowns from fill-in quarterback Drew Stanton, whose downfield accuracy has long been problematic.
Sep 14 - 11:30 AM

A source tells NFL Network that Carson Palmer (shoulder) will not play in Sunday's game against the Giants.

Palmer, who is fighting a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder after taking a shot last Monday night, tested it out in warmups and decided he can't go. It's a serious ding to the outlooks of both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, as athletic yet inaccurate backup Drew Stanton hasn't started a game since 2010. Consider the 34-year-old Palmer questionable for Week 3 against the 49ers. The Cardinals have a bye in Week 4.
Sep 14 - 11:10 AM

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