Arizona Cardinals: No practice for Ellington, Iupati limited
By Scott Allen
Arizona Cardinals had just five players on the injury report on Wednesday
As bad as the injury situation for the Arizona Cardinals appeared in the preseason and after running back Andre Ellington’s injury in week one against the New Orleans Saints, the injury report on Wednesday looked pretty good. The Cardinals face the Chicago Bears on Sunday in Chicago.
The Bears meanwhile had six players on their injury report on Wednesday. Cornerback Tracy Porter and defensive tackle Ego Ferguson did not practice.
For the Cardinals, Ellington, who was diagnosed on Monday with a strain of his PCL, did not practice. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks at this point, although head coach Bruce Arians has not ruled him out for Sunday yet. Arians said if Ellington practices on Friday, then he would play. Best bet is he sits this week with a much better chance to play next week in week three.
Practicing on Wednesday was guard Mike Iupati. Iupati, who has been out since preseason and had surgery on August 20th for a torn meniscus, did practice on a limited basis Wednesday. His best bet for return is against the San Francisco 49ers next week.
Three other Cardinals made the injury report but all three practiced in full. They were tight ends Troy Niklas, Jermaine Gresham, and receiver Michael Floyd. Floyd returned to action after being out a month with three dislocated fingers. All three were active against the Saints this past Sunday.
You can’t complain about much in this news. Considering where the Cardinals were at this point last year with quarterback Carson Palmer going down for a few games after week one and having him healthy along with most of his offensive weapons should give the Cardinals better footing going forward.