The initial injury report is not as bad as last week, but it also doesn't include the fact the Arizona Cardinals lost another starter, as Antoine Bethea was hurt and will miss the season finale against the Seattle Seahawks.
That's the 2017 season in a nutshell. Injuries on top of serious injuries.
The seasons has been hampered by a rotating, never ending amount of injuries for the Arizona Cardinals.
The initial injury report this week:
First injury report for Week 17. #AZvsSEA pic.twitter.com/seyeJOfJ53— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 28, 2017
Obviously Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby and Frostee Rucker are all on the injury report but are not injured for what feels like the 16th time in 16 games. Veterans day off for three of the oldest positional players in the NFL.
From there, starters John Brown (toe), Troy Niklas (ankle), and Earl Watford (ankle) show just the problems the Cardinals have had to consistently field talent on the offensive side of the ball.
Maybe more concerning, or most concerning, is that Patrick Peterson makes an appearance on the initial injury report as a did not participate due to an ankle issue. Peterson needs to be healthy for the Cardinals defense to function at their highest level, which they have been the last several weeks.
Moreover, both running backs, Kerwynn Williams and Elijhaa Penny were limited on Wednesday will multiple ailments. Williams still has the rib issue, but now is battling a quad injury. Then Penny has a hand and groin injury.
They are joined on the limited status by new starting left tackle Will Holden, because the Cardinals cannot go more than four games with the same left tackle playing.
Let's hope that the starters get healthy for the final time in 2017 and are able to fully recover in the offseason.