The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks released the first injury report of the week and both teams are a bit banged up. Seattle had six players -- three starters on the offensive line -- sit out practice, while Arizona only had a couple of players out, they have eight that were limited in some way.
Two players sat out of practice on Wednesday for the Cards. One was expected -- QB Drew Stanton. The other was receiver Jaron Brown, who suffered a toe in jury vs. the Rams. The injury to Brown explains why Brittan Golden was promoted from the practice squad.
However, with Stanton, head coach Bruce Arians once again played coy. He was asked what the best case scenario was for Stanton's return. He said, "Sunday." The followup question then asked what was realistic, to which he also responded, "Sunday," So...he's not saying.
There were a number of players limited. Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has a knee issue. Defensive end Calais Campbell showed up on the report with a hip injury. Guards Jonathan Cooper and Paul Fanaika were limited with a wrist and an ankle injury. Cooper has a wrist cast on. Arians said they have to see with Cooper how he practices with the cast and what Fanaika can do with that ankle.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald and linebacker Larry Foote were on the list with knee injuries. Safety Tyrann Mathieu has a cast on for his broken thumb. Tackle Jared Veldheer's ankle is still limiting him in practice.
The one name that is new is running back Kerwynn Williams, who has been fantastic the last two weeks. He was limited with a knee injury.
Seattle had several players sit out. Running back Marshawn Lynch sat out with a back injury, but don't read too much into that. He frequently gets days off because of his balky back.
Three starting offensive linemen -- center Max Unger (knee.ankle), guard J.R. Sweezy (ankle) and tackle Russell Okung (chest) -- all sat out. Unger could perhaps be back for Sunday, while Okung is out at least this week.
Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (ankle) and tight end Tony Moeaki (shoulder) were the other players to miss practice. Tight end Cooper Helfet fully practiced with an ankle injury.