It was known that the Arizona Cardinals suffered some key injuries in the 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Andre Ellington, Paul Fanaika and Tyrann Mathieu all had to leave the game and left tackle Jared Veldheer suffered a sprained ankle that could sideline him this week.
Head coach Bruce Arians was a guest on "Late Hits" on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday and updated the injury situation and how long these players could be out.
According to Alex Marvez, who hosts the show, Arians said running back Andre Ellington's hip pointer injury is "severe" and he probably will not be able to practice all week. He will be a game-day decision on Sunday as to whether he plays against the Chiefs or not.
Translation: Don't expect Ellington to play. We will get to see Marion Grice again.
Safety Tyrann Mathieu is expected to miss just two weeks after surgery to repair a dislocated and fractured thumb. He will have to play in a cast thereafter. The original timetable said three weeks, so he should be available for the Sunday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16.
Starting left tackle Jared Veldheer should be able to practice this week, meaning he will be good to go on Sunday, but right guard Paul Fanaika is "wait and see."
With Fanaika perhaps missing time in practice and the game, that will mean more reps and playing time for Jonathan Cooper, who got 40 snaps at left guard on Sunday. That will please many fans, who have been clamoring for his insertion into the starting lineup.