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As the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles prepare for their Sunday night game in Philly, it appears the two teams are in two different places with their health. The Eagles are almost completely healthy, while the Cardinals are still managing the injury situation of many players.
Four players were upgraded from non-participants to being limited, but another two went from being limited to sitting out.
Tight end Jermaine Gresham, cornerback Patrick Peterson, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and center Lyle Sendlein, who did not work on Wednesday, returned on a limited basis on Thursday. Safety Rashad Johnson (ankle) and running back Andre Ellington (toe) remained out. The absence of Johnson perhaps raises concerns because of his important role out on the field. Not only does he lead the team in interceptions with five, he is considered a coach on the field.
Two defensive linemen were downgraded. Cory Redding (ankle) and Frostee Rucker (ankle/illness) went from being limited to missing practice. We don't know if Redding had a setback, but Rucker was sick. He perhaps caught whatever Weatherspoon had.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (ankle), receiver Brittan Golden (concussion) and cornerback Jerraud Powers (calf) were all limited again. All three are expected to play. Powers said "for sure" he would play on Sunday.
Philadelphia only had one player sit out. Defensive end Vinny Curry sat out with an illness. Cornerback Byron Maxwell went from missing practice Wednesday to practicing fully. Jordan Matthews was also upgraded. Other than Curry, everyone on the roster was a full participant.