Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks expects Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) to play Week 3 against the Bears.

The coach said he had to "help Larry help himself" by holding him out of the fourth quarter in Week 2, but it is unlikely Fitzgerald will allow himself to be sidelined this week. "We all know that it’s going to be tough to keep Larry off the field," Wilks said. "We’re going to do everything we can to make sure he is ready to go on Sunday with the treatment and the amount of reps he gets in practice." Sam Bradford's dreadful performance so far knocks Fitzgerald down a couple pegs, but his target share keeps him in the WR3 conversation.
Source: Cards Wire
Sep 18 - 11:24 AM

Cardinals coach Steve Wilks promised Monday that David Johnson will run more routes in the slot going forward.

Johnson's Weeks 1-2 usage under first-year OC Mike McCoy has been one of the most disappointing developments of the 2018 fantasy season thus far. He has been used more as a ground-and-pound grinder than space back, running between the tackles and seeing diminished passing-game usage until pass-heavy comeback mode. Wilks promised Monday that will change, and gave McCoy a vote of confidence. "I have total confidence," said Wilks. (We don't.)
Sep 17 - 4:08 PM

Christian Kirk hauled in 4-of-5 targets for 27 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 loss to the Rams.

As promised, Kirk was more involved this week, but it did not matter much in a game Sam Bradford failed to top 100 yards. Kirk did have some good plays including a run after catch which almost netted him a first down on third-and-long, but he will not be a fantasy factor as long as Bradford is under center.
Sep 16 - 7:35 PM

Ricky Seals-Jones hauled in 4-of-6 targets for 17 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 loss to the Rams.

It is a disappointing line for Seals-Jones, but it is not his fault. Arizona's passing game is comatose with Sam Bradford under center. Unfortunately, Seals-Jones will not be a fantasy option until that changes, especially with Jermaine Gresham on the way back.
Sep 16 - 7:29 PM

David Johnson rushed 13 times for 48 yards and hauled in 1-of-2 targets for three yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 loss to the Rams.

He was shockingly not targeted in the first half, and he finished the game with just one catch, although he had another called back by a penalty. Benching Sam Bradford is the first order of business, but the Cardinals have to better utilize Johnson if they want to have any success on offense, especially with Larry Fitzgerald dealing with a hamstring issue. Johnson will be more of an RB2 in a tough matchup with the Bears next week.
Sep 16 - 7:24 PM

Sam Bradford completed 17-of-27 passes for 90 yards and an interception in the Cardinals' 34-0 loss to the Rams in Week 2.

This was a second dreadful showing from Sam Bradford in a row. He averaged 3.3 yards per attempt, and the Cardinals did not cross midfield until the second-to-last play of the game. At least able to put the ball on target in the past, Bradford has not even been accurate this season, and the offense is going absolutely nowhere with him at quarterback. He probably should not have started this game, and the Cardinals are simply wasting time if they put him under center next week against the Bears.
Sep 16 - 6:53 PM

Larry Fitzgerald exited Week 2 against the Rams with a hamstring injury.

He is officially questionable to return, but it does not make much sense to push him in a blowout. Fitzgerald went to the sidelines in the third quarter to get his hamstring/quad area retaped. He was able to get back in the game after that, but the issue was obviously bothering him. Arizona's offense is a disaster even with Fitzgerald, so it will likely be a black hole without him.
Sep 16 - 6:25 PM

Cardinals declared TE Jermaine Gresham (Achilles') inactive for Week 2 against the Rams.

Gresham got in three limited practices this week, but he is still not ready to return from last year's Achilles' tear. Ricky Seals-Jones will retain his every-down role for at least another week.
Sep 16 - 2:34 PM

Cardinals declared DE Markus Golden (knee) inactive for Week 2 against the Rams.

Golden was able to get in three limited practices this week, but he needs more time before he is ready to return from his ACL tear. Arizona also declared QB Mike Glennon, WR Trent Sherfield, RT Andre Smith (elbow), DT Olsen Pierre (toe), TE Jermaine Gresham (Achilles'), and OL Korey Cunningham inactive for Week 2.
Sep 16 - 2:31 PM

Christian Kirk is expected to "get more opportunities" in Week 2 against the Rams.

This follows comments from coach Steve Wilks earlier this week. Kirk and Chad Williams combined for five targets in the season opener. Kirk's rookie status has him behind Williams in two-wide sets, but we like his chances of overtaking the starting role.
Sep 15 - 6:25 PM

Jermaine Gresham (questionable, Achilles) isn't expected to play in Week 2 against the Rams.

Gresham has been limited the last two weeks but has yet to get in a full practice. He's getting close to returning, but the Cardinals should hold him out another game. Gresham not playing would lock Ricky Seals-Jones into an every-down role.
Sep 14 - 7:20 PM

Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) is questionable for Week 2 against the Rams.

He got in limited practice all week. That was also the case in Week 1, though Gresham was inactive for Arizona's opener against Washington. Coming off a torn Achilles, he might not be game-ready yet. Ricky Seals-Jones would play close to an every-down role at tight end if Gresham can't go against the Rams.
Sep 14 - 4:31 PM

David Johnson (back) was upgraded to a full practice on Friday and was not listed on the Cardinals' final injury report for Week 2 against the Rams.

Johnson said he feels "100 percent" and his participation level on Friday would seem to support that claim. Negative game script limited Johnson to just 14 touches in Week 1 and while that concern does exist for Week 2, DJ's pass-catching role should keep him in the RB1 discussion against the Rams.
Sep 14 - 3:49 PM

Cardinals RT Andre Smith (elbow) is out for Week 2 against the Rams.

Smith suffered an elbow injury during the first half of Arizona's loss to Washington in Week 1. Although he reportedly avoided a major injury, he won't play in Week 2 against the Rams' powerful pass rush. John Wetzel is expected to start in the interim.
Sep 14 - 3:36 PM

David Johnson (back) practiced again on Thursday.

Johnson figures to get slapped with another "limited" tag. Per in-house writer Darren Urban, Johnson was "hitting the blocking sled plenty hard." The issue could explain why Johnson barely saw the field in the second half of last week's blowout loss to the Redskins. There has been little indication it will be a concern for Week 2 against the Rams.
Sep 13 - 2:15 PM


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