The Arizona Cardinals have good news and bad news this week regarding injured players. To begin, let's start with eth bad (and frustrating) news. Tight end Troy Niklas, who has suffered a myriad of injuries since he was drafted last year, is hurt again. The hamstring he hurt while training before training camp is hurt again. He was able to play a bit last Saturday, but now, according to Bruce Arians, the team doesn't know how long he will be sidelined.
Now for some good news.
Receiver Michael Floyd, who had surgery to repair dislocated fingers, was seen without anything on his hand. He said he could be ready to play Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints on September 13. Arians said he "wouldn't be shocked" if Floyd can play in the opener. Floyd hasn't done any catching yet, but believes the biggest issues will be mental for his return.
As Arians goes, this is very good news for him, as we have seen his impatience for players who don't come back ahead of schedule. Plus, there might be some pressure to get on the field. It is early, but the play of J.J.Nelson is exciting and undoubtedly Floyd will want to get back on the field before Arians falls more in love with having that speed on the field.
In other injury news, there is optimism several players who are out can make it back this week. While they sat out for Wednesday's practice, perhaps they will return for Thursday's practice or Friday's, the final practice of training camp. Guard/tackle Earl Watford, running back Chris Johnson, tight end Jermaine Gresham and cornerback Jerraud Powers all possibly could back on the practice field before Sunday's game.
Gresham returning would be very good for Arizona, especially with Niklas' injury. Weatherspoon still hasn't practiced in pads and Johnson practiced once. Powers probably will still be given the game off on Sunday, which will give the team another look at Justin Bethel with the starters.