Arizona Cardinals starting left guard Mike Iupati could be on the practice field on Wednesday when the team begins its preparation for the Cincinnati Bengals, their next opponent. Head coach Bruce Arians said on SiriusXM NFL radio the Pro Bowl guard has been cleared medically.
"Mike Iupati's already been cleared," he said. "Now whether or not he plays, we'll wait and see."
Iupati underwent the league's concussion protocol, but apparently he was fine. He traveled home with the team and was back in the locker room on Monday.
Arians said he was scared, but a couple of things made him feel better. One was the fact Iupati was moving his fingers and he was able to feel everything by the time Arians got out to the field. "When you see a guy on a stretcher, you think the worst," he explained. "But when he winked at me, I said 'phew.'"
Arians characterized what Iupati suffered as a "double stinger."
It sounds as if the Cardinals will at least keep him limited to start the week. Arians mentioned getting Earl Watford, who stood in for Iupati at left guard on Sunday, would get a lot of reps at guard this week. But it would appear Iupati will be back out there on the field this Sunday when Arizona hosts the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football.