With all the talk of whether the Arizona Cardinals should rest players in Week 17, it is important to note the offensive players did get some rest in the 38-8 win over the Green bay Packers. Only two players went the distance. Carson Palmer and many starters got at least 10 plays off, as they rested most of the fourth quarter. Rookie running back David Johnson also only played just over half the snaps. Tight end Darren Fells played a ton.
Let's take a look at the snap counts from Sunday.
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, 48; Drew Stanton, 10
Stanton got to play the final eight minutes and change. he even got to throw a pass. More importantly, it was a few less players for Palmer.
Offensive line: Bobby Massie, 58; Ted Larsen, 58; Jared Veldheer, 48; Mike Iupati, 48; Lyle Sendlein, 48; A.Q. Shipley, 11; Bradley Sowell, 10; Jonathan Cooper, 10
Cooper got back out on the field. Massie played every snap, which is interesting.
Running backs: David Johnson, 30; Kerwynn Williams, 11; Andre Ellington, 10; Stepfan Taylor, 5
There was some question as to whether Johnson left the game with an injury or not. He played early in the third quarter, but then not again. Here's my take: Johnson has had a little bit of a knee/thigh thing going on. He hasn't been on the injury report. Ellington needed to get work in and then the game was a blowout. They took him out because it was time and they didn't want to risk him making it so he would have to lose time.
Wide receivers: John Brown, 48; Larry Fitzgerald, 44; Michael Floyd, 31; Jaron Brown, 23; J.J. Nelson, 11; Brittan Golden, 2
Golden gets action in kneeldowns.
Tight ends: Darren Fells, 49; Jermaine Gresham, 23; Troy Niklas, 2
Lots of snaps for Fells. Not so much for Niklas.