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The Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals released their Thursday injury report after practice and some things are beginning to clear up as to the status of some players on Sunday when the two teams face off on Sunday Night Football, while other players are still up in the air.
On Thursday, the number of players who did not practice for Arizona dropped from seven to three, as only receiver Michael Floyd, guard Jonathan Cooper and defensive tackle Cory Redding were listed as DNP on the injury report. The general sentiment around the team facility is that Cooper probably will not be able to play and Floyd perhaps not. If Cooper cannot, it seems that Ted Larsen would get the nod at right guard.
In better news, Mike Iupati returned to the practice field on a limited basis and seems optimistic he will play on Sunday. According to Arizona Sports, he is just sore now -- "football sore."
Linebacker Markus Golden (ankle), cornerback Justin Bethel (illness) and receiver John Brown (hamstring) were upgraded from no practice on Wednesday to being limited on Thursday. Safety Rashad Johnson (ribs) and center Lyle Sendlein (shoulder) were again limited, while receiver Larry Fitzgerald (ankle) went from being limited on Wednesday to practicing fully on Thursday.
The question remains as to who will play at receiver this week between Brown and Floyd. If Brown does play, how effective will he be? Otherwise, they would have to turn to Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson, as they did early in the season when Floyd started the season with an injured hand and fingers.
Over in Cincinnati, the Bengals still had three players sit out of practice. Tackle Andrew Whitworth returned, but defensive end Michael Johnson was a new addition to the injury report, sitting out of practice Thursday with a back injury. Fellow defensive lineman Pat Sims was again a DNP with a knee injury, as was cornerback Adam Jones, who has a foot injury.
Only linebacker Vontaze Burfict was limited, while everyone else practiced fully.