| RB Ellington set to return -- Wed Oct 7 8:00 pm --|
Role may be reduced in wake of sprained knee injury
|Running back Andre Ellington primes for his return from a sprained knee on Sunday against the Lions, giving coach Bruce Arians his full complement of backs for the first time since the season-opening win over the Saints. Bruce Arians likes to spread the ball around, which is why 25 touches for any one player are unlikely at this point. (AZCardinals.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Cardinals will move forward under a RBBC that should be led by Andre Ellington with Chris Johnson and David Johnson splitting the rest of the workload. Ellington and Chris Johnson have the most fantasy value and remain worthy of starting in what has been a very productive scoring offense to open the year.
| Ellington to play, but CJ2K to start -- Fri Oct 2 6:05 pm --|
Cardinals likely to use committee approach this weekend
|Chris Johnsonís career prospects didnít look like all that promising this offseason when he was recovering from a gunshot to the shoulder after a mediocre 2014 season with the Jets, but he landed with the Cardinals in August and got a chance to run as the teamís lead back when Andre Ellington hurt his knee in the season opener. Johnsonís made the most of it. Heís gained 182 yards on 42 carries the last two weeks and scored two touchdowns in last weekís rout of the 49ers. That production has earned Johnson an extended look as the starter. Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Johnson will remain the teamís starter against the Rams this Sunday even if Ellington returns to the lineup. Arians said Ellington is a game-time decision and Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the back is expected to play this weekend. (NBC Sports)|
FF Today's Take: After a week where CJ2K turned in an impressive fantasy performance, it's anyone's guess which Cardinals' RB will be the one to shine this weekend. You'd have to think Chris Johnson is the favorite, but expect Ellington and rookie David Johnson to eat into his touches.
| RB Ellington at practice three days after injury -- Wed Sep 16 8:20 pm --|
Wearing brace with sprained PCL
|They might not play on Sunday in Chicago, but two key members of the Cardinals offense were at practice on Wednesday and were able to be on the field. Thatís an encouraging sign for both running back Andre Ellington and left guard Mike Iupati, who were expected to be sidelined for another week to three weeks. Ellington has a sprained right posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and Iupati is recovering from surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Coach Bruce Arians said it was a bit of a surprise that Ellington was able to test his knee this soon after injuring it just three days earlier.ďYeah,Ē he said. ďHeís in a brace and weíll see what he can do and what he canít do.Ē
FF Today's Take: Andre Ellington's presence at practice is a good indication that the sprained PCL injury he suffered in week 1 won't keep him out any more than the one to three week time-table originally stated. However, Ellington's inability to stay healthy gives the team and HC Bruce Arians more reason to lighten the load on Arizona's lead back when he returns. Chris Johnson is projected to see the majority of the carries Sunday versus the Bears in week two with David Johnson being mixed in as well.
| Andre Ellington could miss 2-3 weeks -- Mon Sep 14 1:01 pm --|
Grade 1 PCL Sprain
|Source: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has a Grade 1 PCL Sprain. Estimated return to play 2 to 3 weeks. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Ellington battled injury last season as off on the wrong foot to start 2015. Expect Chris Johnson to get the start this week against the Bears with rookie David Johnson operating as the No.2 back.
| Possible PCL injury for Andre Ellington -- Sun Sep 13 9:00 pm --|
|Cardinals running back Andre Ellingtonís bad luck with injuries didnít change on Sunday. He suffered a right knee injury in the fourth quarter and didnít return.
The severity of the injury is unknown. Coach Bruce Arians said it appears the injury is the posterior cruciate ligament, but thatís not certain.
FF Today's Take: Ellington's fragility made him a risky pick in fantasy drafts and for good reason. We don't have a firm diagnosis yet on the injury but if Ellington is out for an extended period of time, Chris Johnson and David Johnson would likely shoulder the running back load.
|CJ2K impresses in Cardinals' final preseason game -- Fri Sep 4 4:20 pm --|
HC: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp"
|Chris Johnson still has a splash of gas in the tank. The veteran running back piled up 45 yards at 4.1 yards per carry in his quest to make Arizona's roster. We expect the Cardinals to keep him around after Johnson showed burst on the ground and through the air. Johnson showed no visible signs of the hamstring injury that kept him off the field during the preseason, leaving coach Bruce Arians to say, per The Arizona Republic: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp." (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: For fantasy purposes, there is an unfortunate running back situation brewing in Arizona. Any touches that Chris Johnson gets will be at the expense of Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson. While Ellington is still the favorite to carry the bulk of the load, he has a couple of backs nipping at his heels for playing time. His starting job is far from secure.