The Arizona Cardinals took another blow with injuries on Sunday, testing yet again their depth. Mike Jurecki first reported it Sunday morning, tweeting Ellington was going to be shut down for the season, as he was suffering from a hernia in addition to his hip pointer and foot issues that have plagued him all season.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced after the game Ellington "will fly to Philadelphia and have surgery" and will be placed on injured reserve, which will end his season.
"He's got a hernia," Arians said. "It's not really a hip pointer, it's some sort of hernia. He will go see Dr. Meyers in Philadelphia and have that repaired."
Arizona currently has four other running backs on the roster -- Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice, Robert Hughes and Kerwynn Williams, who rushed for 100 yards on Sunday. They could re-sign Michael Bush, whom they cut on Friday, but they appear to have other positions to consider.
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie left the game with a leg injury. It was initially reported in the press box that it was an injury to his Achilles tendon. He was carted off the field to the locker room.
In his postgame media session, Arians did clarify that the injury "was not an Achilles."
"We were fearful that it was an Achilles, but we don't know quite what it is yet," he told reporters. "They are doing ultrasounds and things on it, but it's not his Achilles."
He said "we'll keep out fingers crossed on that one."
Cromartie would not discuss his injury after the game, although he did say as he left he was fine.
Whether it is season-ending or just an injury that would cause him to lose some practice time, it would appear difficult for him to turn around and play on Thursday in St. Louis.
We will likely know more on Monday when Arians meets with the media again., but walked with a significant limp
For some perspective, when Cro injured his ankle in a game earlier this season, he was very quick to tell the media he was fine and ready to go. The fact he would not talk about it this time around would lead one to believe it is more serious than minor.
If Cromartie is unable to play, it would leave the Cardinals with only six healthy defensive backs. They play six defensive backs in their nickel/dime sets. They would likely need to make a roster move.
Arizona has three defensive backs on their practice squad -- Jimmy Legree, Ross Weaver and Darren Woodard.