The Arizona Cardinals will be without three starters on Sunday when they host the Kansas City Chiefs. The final injury report is out and running back Andre Ellington, right guard Paul Fanaika and safety Tyrann Mathieu will all be out for the game against the Chiefs this weekend.
Mathieu's absence was already known. He had surgery to repair a fractured thumb. He will be out a couple of weeks and then will play with a cast. Tony Jefferson will play the whole game in his place. Previously, Jefferson would play in base defenses and Mathieu would come in for nickel/dime sets.
Ellington suffered a hip pointer in last week's game. He did not practice at all last week. That means Stepfan Taylor will get the start and the carries at the position will be split between he and Marion Grice...and might also include Robert Hughes and Kerwynn Williams.
Fanaika sprained his ankle last week and missed practice all week. Ted Larsen, normally the starter at left guard, slides over to start on the right side and Jonathan Cooper will get his first NFL start at left guard.
Defensive end Ed Stinson (toe) is also out. That means more Josh Mauro.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who missed the last two games with an MCL sprain, was finally able to fully practice on Friday. He is a game day decision, according to head coach Bruce Arians, although the general feeling is he will go this week. He is listed as questionable on the injury report.
Two other starters are also "questionable." Left tackle Jared Veldheer was limited in practice on Friday with an ankle sprain, but most believe he will be out there Sunday. If he cannot go, Bradley Sowell would play in his stead. Linebacker Larry Foote, who has played all but one snap this season, is also questionable. He suffered a foot injury during the week and was limited in practice on Friday after having sat out Thursday. If he is unable to go, Kevin Minter would likely replace him in nickel and dime sets and either Kenny Demens or Glenn Carson would play in base sets.
Linebackers Lorenzo Alexander (knee) and Kenny Demens (hamstring) fully participated in practice and are probable for the game.
The Chiefs will be without two players. Defensive end Allen Bailey and receiver Junior Hemingway are both out because of concussions. Everyone else listed on the injury report is probable for the game and practice fully, with the exception of veteran tight end Anthony Fasano (knee). He was limited, but is listed as probable fort the game.
|Colquitt, Dustin||P||Right Calf||FP||FP||FP||Probable|
|Johnson, James-Michael||LB||Back / Knee||FP||FP||FP||Probable|
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