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Andre Smith day-to-day, Markus Golden back at practice for Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals could be without their starting right tackle, but their starting defensive end is getting closer to coming back.

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It has been less than a year since Markus Golden tore his ACL against the San Francisco 49ers.

Yet, today he was a practice participant for the first time.

While head coach Steve Wilks preached patience and said it is unlikely that Golden will return this Sunday, not a surprise, his presence back on the practice field means he is getting closer, which also means the Arizona Cardinals will get a boost along their defensive line.

One of the strengths of Golden is not only his tenacious pass rushing ability, but he is adept at playing the run as well. In the Arizona Cardinals first game of the season, it was his presence against the run that was missed the most.

Along with Golden’s return, the other injury news is that starting right tackle Andre Smith, and key rotational defensive tackle Olsen Pierre both missed today’s practice.

Pierre was limited to four snaps against the Skins, likely because of that injury that kept him on the injury report all last week, while Smith left Sunday’s game with an elbow injury. Obviously the MRI came back okay, because Wilks called it day-to-day.

Welcome back, Markus and good health moving forward.