The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. They also suffered several injuries in the process. On Monday, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians spoke with the media and there was quite the list of injuries from the game.
There was some good news. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald should practice this week. Outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy will be activated from injured reserve this week. He "is ready to go."
But the bad news...
Starting left tackle Jared Veldheer sprained his ankle in the game on Sunday. He never came out, but the team doesn't know how severe it is yet. Arians hopes he doesn't have to miss any time. If he does have to, Bradley Sowell would take his place.
Right guard Paul Fanaika also has an ankle sprain. The situation is the same as Veldheer. "He could play this week, and he could miss some time," Arians said. In the meantime, should he have to miss any time, Ted Larsen would lside over to right guard and Jonathan Cooper would stand in at left guard.
Running back Andre Ellington, who left the game with a hip injury, has a hip pointer, which should keep him out of practice on Wednesday. Arians didn't think it would keep him out too long or that it would affect his Sunday availability.
Safety Tyrann Mathieu fractured his thumb. When Arians met with the media, it was uncertain how much time he would miss. If a cast was all that is needed, he would be able to play. If he needs a pin inserted, he would miss three weeks. That would mean playing time for Tony Jefferson.
Update: Ed Werder for ESPN said Mathieu did need surgery. He will be out three weeks.
Arizona did announce some roster moves. Guard/center Anthony Steen was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. That was likely a move to ensure some depth on the offensive line. Tackle Kevin Palmer, recently released from the practice squad, was re-signed to it to replace Steen. Finally, to make room for Steen, the team released linebacker Desmond Bishop.
There will have to be another roster move this week, as Matt Shaughnessy will be activated.