Player News - Cardinals

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John Brown (illness) is questionable for Week 14 against the Dolphins.

He put in two limited practices this week. Brown's sickle-cell issues haven't gone away and it looks like he'll be on a snap count until further notice. Fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere.
Dec 9 - 3:42 PM

Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 14.

The Cards will stay with Tyvon Branch at slot corner, where he has been terrific this year and arguably even better than Mathieu, whose play has declined due to a multitude of injuries. Mathieu remains out indefinitely. Despite this news, we would not upgrade Jarvis Landry's matchup because he'll now face Branch.
Dec 9 - 2:40 PM

John Brown (illness) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Brown will likely play against the Dolphins, but coach Bruce Arians has said he'll be limited to 20ish snaps going forward. Brown is dealing with complications from his sickle-cell trait.
Dec 8 - 4:52 PM

John Brown (illness) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Brown has been struggling with symptoms related to his sickle-cell condition. He was limited to 21 snaps in Week 13 and can probably expect a similar workload going forward. Brown isn't worth a roster spot right now.
Dec 7 - 4:50 PM

The Cardinals will try to limit John Brown to 20 weekly snaps as they work to figure out his sickle-cell issues.

Brown played 21-of-76 snaps against the Redskins, failing to corral his lone target. The Cardinals have had a difficult time getting to the bottom of Brown's problems with his sickle-cell trait. They weren't known to be an issue his first two years in the league. Brown won't be fantasy viable down the stretch.
Dec 5 - 2:30 PM

Jermaine Gresham caught 5-of-6 targets for 52 yards Week 13 against the Redskins.

Gresham did not find the end zone, but this was a better game than his 35/1 performance against the Falcons last week. He did drop his only missed target, but Gresham had a couple third-down conversions including one where he steamrolled Josh Norman at the sticks. He also came close to a touchdown in the first quarter, but he was brought down at the one. The targets could have just been matchup driven the last two weeks, but the Cardinals have not gotten much out of anyone not named David Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald in the passing game. Gresham may stay involved next week against the Dolphins.
Dec 4 - 8:09 PM

Michael Floyd caught 3-of-8 targets for 18 yards and a touchdown.

Floyd is operating as the clear No. 2 with John Brown hobbled, but he is struggling to take advantage. He was on his way to another terrible day in this one, but Carson Palmer hit him with an excellent pass for a six-yard score in the third quarter. Floyd also dropped a couple passes and simply failed to track another deep shot. Playing poorly, Floyd is a weak WR4 dart throw.
Dec 4 - 8:06 PM

John Brown did not catch his only target Week 13 against the Cardinals.

Brown appeared to play very limited snaps, and his only target was in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half. Clearly less than 100 percent, Brown does not need to be owned in any redraft leagues.
Dec 4 - 8:03 PM

J.J. Nelson caught 1-of-2 targets for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Nelson almost made a nice diving grab on a poorly thrown pass in the second half, but that was his only action until the Cardinals last real play on offense. With Washington expecting Arizona to just try to run out the clock, the Cardinals called a play-action pass just before the two-minute drill. Carson Palmer threw a dime down the middle of the field, and Nelson was able to come up with the 42-yard touchdown between two defenders. It was a great play, but Nelson is not making enough of them to be a real fantasy factor even with John Brown hobbled.
Dec 4 - 8:00 PM

Larry Fitzgerald hauled in 10-of-11 targets for 78 yards in the Cardinals' Week 13 win over the Redskins.

Fitzgerald was the only receiver doing anything early, racking up five catches for 59 yards including a great catch-and-run in the two-minute drill in the first half. He kept it going after the break, adding another five catches including some big third-down conversions. Fitz also drew a third-down-converting penalty on Josh Norman on the game-sealing touchdown drive. Still going strong at the back-end of a spectacular career, Fitzgerald became the youngest player to reach 1,100 catches in NFL history on Sunday while jumping both Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison for third on the all-time list. The Canton-bound receiver will be a back-end WR1 next week in Miami.
Dec 4 - 7:54 PM

Carson Palmer completed 30-of-46 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 13 win over the Redskins.

Palmer had a quiet first half, throwing for 135 scoreless yards, but he did hook up with Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson a couple times on a successful two-minute drill before the break. He was still under routine pressure after halftime, but he managed to capitalize on a Kirk Cousins fumble with a tight-window laser to Michael Floyd from six yards out to help get the scoring going. That was not the end of the fireworks, either. Palmer hooked up with David Johnson on a 25-yard score to give the Cardinals the lead for good, and he found J.J. Nelson on a 42-yard bomb which put the game away. Palmer now has multiple touchdowns in four of his last five games, and he has topped 300 yards in three of those contests. He will be in the QB1 conversation next week against Miami.
Dec 4 - 7:48 PM

David Johnson rushed 18 times for 84 yards and a touchdown while catching 9-of-12 targets for 91 yards and another score in the Cardinals' Week 13 win over the Redskins.

There is not much left to say about David Johnson. A dominant force both on the ground and through the air, Johnson put the offense on his back against Washington. He opened the scoring with a short touchdown after a strong opening drive, consistently moved the chains with big catches in the passing game, and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 25-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He also converted a late fourth down with a big run. The fact these games have become almost expected speaks to how spectacular Johnson has been all season. He is the overall RB1 every week.
Dec 4 - 7:44 PM

Cardinals declared Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder), WR Marquis Bundy, LB Sio Moore, OG Cole Toner, DT Olsen Pierre, DT Robert Nkemdiche, and DT Ed Stinson inactive for Week 13 against the Redskins.

Coach Bruce Arians said Mathieu would be a game-time call, but he was never likely to play. Tyvon Branch will cover the slot with Mathieu out. It is an upgrade for Jamison Crowder. First-round pick Nkemdiche continues to be a healthy scratch.
Dec 4 - 3:01 PM

John Brown (illness) is active for Week 13 against the Redskins.

Brown was able to practice on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, but it is unlikely he is fully healthy as he tries to work through his sickle cell issues. Larry Fitzgerald is the only trustworthy member of the receiver corps for fantasy.
Dec 4 - 3:00 PM

John Brown (illness) is questionable for Week 13 against the Redskins.

Brown is still dealing with issues related to his sickle-cell condition but has practiced on a limited basis the last two days and should be a go for Week 13. He's caught just three passes for 49 yards over his last three games and won't be more than a dart-throw WR4 in fantasy.
Dec 2 - 4:00 PM


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