The official inactives list has been released for the Thursday Night Football match-up which sees the 10-3 Arizona Cardinals travel to the Edwards Jones Dome to take on the rampant (pardon the pun) 6-7 St. Louis Rams in a pivotal NFC West grudge match. A huge boost given to the Cardinals pre-game was the news that CB Antonio Cromartie is a go tonight despite being carted off the field during Sunday's win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Coming into the game we knew the Cardinals will be without Andre Ellington - the teams leading rusher - who was placed on IR after last weeks game. Guard Paul Fanaika and safety Tyrann Mathieu will also be missing Thursday night due to injury.
This means that 2013 first round pick Jonathan Cooper will get his second straight start at left guard in place of Fanaika as the former North Carolina standout looks to make that position his own down the final stretch. Ted Larsen continues at right guard. Stepfan Taylor is still listed as the starter at running back, but we're expected to see a running-back-by-committee after Kerwynn Willaims went off against the Chiefs, recording his first career 100-yard game.
Also out for the Cardinals: linebacker Kenny Demens, center/guard Anthony Steen, defensive end Kareem Martin and defensive linemen Josh Mauro and Alameda Ta'amu.
Larry Fitzgerald, still recovering from his MCL sprain which kept him out a couple of weeks before his return last week against the Chiefs, will hopefully be nearer 100% for the trip to St. Louis, where Drew Stanton will need to lean on him a little more as the Rams have pitched two straight defensive shut-outs.
As for those Rams, they are without cornerbacks Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Roberson, offensive tackle Brandon Washington, tight end Alex Bayer, defensive end Ethan Westbrooks, defensive tackle Alex Carrington and running back Benny Cunningham.