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|The Cardinals drafted a pair of running backs this offseason, with Ellington being taken in the sixth round. While fifth-round pick Stepfan Taylor has more size, Ellington, at 5'9” and 199 pounds, will likely battle Ryan Williams to become the team's change-of-pace and receiving back. While Williams has struggled with injuries both in the past and during training camp, Ellington hasn't been able to take advantage of his absence because of a concussion. The Clemson product possesses solid speed and playmaking ability, but his use in 2013 likely depends on just how fed up the Cardinals are with Williams' injuries and lack of productivity. That makes Ellington waiver-wire material in redraft leagues but a player to keep your eye on. He is also a decent prospect in dynasty formats.
| Ellington injures knee Thursday -- Fri Nov 29 10:00 am --|
Status for Sunday uncertain
|Saw RB Andre Ellington this morn. had knee wrapped, says hopeful of playing Sunday. We'll see. (Kent Somers via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: There are very little details at the moment about Ellington's knee injury but we should know more later this afternoon. Stay tuned...
| Mendenhall out, Ellington to start -- Sun Oct 27 8:00 am --|
Cardinals to be without starting running back
|Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall will not play Sunday against the visiting Atlanta Falcons because of a lingering toe injury and will be replaced by rookie Andre Ellington, who will now start, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Mendenhall missed practice all week. Ellington will see an increase in touches but expect Stepfan Taylor to be in the mix as well. Fullback Alfonso Smith will play on third downs.
|Ellington "a 30-32 snap player" -- Mon Oct 7 4:00 pm --|
HC believes rookie lacks body type to hold up for full season
|Cardinals HC Bruce Arians mentioned Andre Ellington's role will be about 30-32 snaps per game. He doesn't believe the rookie has the body type to take on more throughout a 16-game season. (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: While Rashard Mendenhall (3.2 YPC) continues to look like a shell of himself following his 2011 knee surgery, Ellington (6.7 YPC) has shown a lot of explosion, emerging as a solid flex option in PPR leagues during the bye weeks. After saying Mendenhall was his feature back at the start of the season, it wouldn't come as a surprise if Ellington's snap count continues to increase as the veteran continues to struggle.