Arizona Cardinals vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Inactives

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01: Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche #90 of the Arizona Cardinals on the bench during the preseaon NFL game against the Denver Broncos at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 38-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01: Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche #90 of the Arizona Cardinals on the bench during the preseaon NFL game against the Denver Broncos at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 38-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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The Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced their inactive players for Sunday’s game

Welcome back tackle D.J. Humphries.  For the first time since week one, the Cardinals will have their starting left tackle available.  They also get guard Alex Boone back.

However the news isn’t as good for defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.  He is out once again.  One has to wonder when or if he will play again this season?

The return for the Cardinals on the offensive line however can not be understated.  Hopefully Humphries and Boone returning will boost the Cardinals running game now with Adrian Peterson starting at running back.

The other inactives for the Cardinals include defensive tackle Olsen Pierre.  He had already been ruled out on Friday and may miss further action down the road.

Receiver Chad Williams, running back D.J. Foster, quarterback Blaine Gabbert, offensive lineman Daniel Munyer, and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones are the other Cardinals inactives.  As long as receivers John Brown and J.J. Nelson remain healthy, look for limited opportunities for Williams to get playing time this season.

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As for the Buccaneers, they will be without defensive end Ryan Russell, cornerback Josh Robinson, safety Keith Tandy, linebacker Kwon Alexander, center Joe Hawley, tight end Anthony Auclair, and tackle Leonard Wester.

Robinson has been nursing a concussion.  He practiced early in the week but did not practice and was ruled out by Friday.

We’ll see how much some of those active players get into the game for the Cardinals.  They had as many as 12 players limited in practice this week in any given day.

The Cardinals have all of their top skills players available on offense.  With their best offensive linemen available, hopefully that will also help keep quarterback Carson Palmer upright as well more often than not.

We’ll keep tabs this week on the continued injury situation with Nkemdiche.  His return would be as helpful to the defense as the return of Humphries and Boone are to the offense.

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