Several Arizona Cardinals will be off injured-reserve list in Week 5

(Photo by Kelsey Grant/Getty Images) Antoine Wesley
(Photo by Kelsey Grant/Getty Images) Antoine Wesley /

The Arizona Cardinals are looking forward to Week 5 when several key contributors come off of the team’s injured reserve list. 

One of these weeks, the Arizona Cardinals are going to head into a matchup with a full arsenal of players at their disposal. Injuries have been an issue, but the Cards could be welcoming a few of the walking wounded back when they take on a vastly-improved Philadelphia Eagles squad next weekend.

At the present time, Arizona has seven individuals on the injured-reserve list. That doesn’t include Antonio Hamilton, the starting cornerback who landed on the reserve/non-football injury list thanks to a freak cooking accident that occurred just days before the season-opener.

The good news is that all eight of those Cardinals contributors are eligible to return in Week 5. In fact, a couple members of that group could be expected to have an impact right away.

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Hamilton’s absence, in particular, has had a negative effect on the Redbirds defensive unit. The journeyman cover guy was going to be a Week 1 starter, and the club’s depth at that position was nothing to write home about to begin with. The hope is that Hamilton will hit the ground running against an Eagles passing attack that features pass-catchers like A.J. Brown, Devonta Smith and Dallas Goedert.

Arizona will also welcome back Antoine Wesley to a wide receivers room that’s been missing components from the get-go. The former Texas Tech University wideout filled in admirably for an injured DeAndre Hopkins last season.

A pair of backups could also be preparing to resume their roles as insurance policies for the Cards organization. Quarterback Colt McCoy, the veteran who went 2-1 as fill-in starter last year, is set to come back from a strained calf. Cody Ford, the club’s top reserve offensive lineman, is getting healthy after injuring his ankle three weeks ago.

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In a nutshell, the Cardinals can use all of the help they can get. The “Red Sea” will get an up-close look at what these players can contribute to the squad when Philly comes to the desert next week.