Ellington, who has been sidelined since the season opener due to a sprained knee, was "very close" to playing against the St. Louis Rams. "It was between him and a healthy player," Arians said.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is optimistic Ellington will be ready for next weekend's game against the Detroit Lions.
"He was close to being ready this week. As a matter of fact he practiced and I thought he looked pretty good out there," Keim said per Arizona Sports. "But I think he feels pretty good and he's excited and ready to go. Hopefully he'll have a good week of preparation and we'll see him out there against Detroit."
Chris Johnson has played well in Ellington's absence, rushing for 110 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 and adding 83 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's loss. It will be interesting to see how the team splits the workload. Ellington should be involved in the passing game while Chris Johnson could see more of the early down work.
The only way to do that was not to play.
“I’m trying to be smart more than anything; I don’t want keep messing up,” Adams said Sunday night when asked about his prospects for playing in this week’s game against the St. Louis Rams. “It’s a long season.”
Adams said he never practiced last week, which was probably why the Packers downgraded him from questionable on Friday to doubtful on Saturday.
But at least he was able to walk out of the visitor’s locker room at Levi’s Stadium without the boot and without much of a noticeable limp.
As it turned out, Adams probably was never close to playing in Sunday’s 17-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers, and in the locker room afterward he said he’s in a “wait-and-see” mode, the story said. The team doesn't appear to be in a hurry to rush him back so his status for Week 5 could be up in the air until closer to game time. Green Bay hosts the Rams in an early afternoon game.
Sunday, October 4, 2015, 3:18pm
The Rams have reportedly traded WR Chris Givens to the Baltimore Ravens on the back of the news that WR Brian Quick is set to make his 2015 debut after three weeks among the inactives and the addition of an extra WR on the practice squad in recently signed Nick Toon.
With Givens the seeming impediment ahead of Quick on the depth chart, who knows what has gone down inside the front office in dealing with the wide receivers over the last month.
Givens was a fourth-round selection for the Rams in the RGII trade-boosted 2012 NFL Draft who was in his contract year with free agency looming in the 2016 offseason.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Rams WR Kenny Britt (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 4. Britt is expected to play but he may draw Patrick Peterson in coverage.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
“There’s a chance that he’ll be up this week,” coach Jeff Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of Quick, who has been inactive for the first three games despite not appearing on the injury list.
We wouldn't run out and pick up Quick though he's definitely a player to monitor this week. He was posting WR3-type numbers before his injury last season.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:58pm
In the process, the team promoted cornerback Brandon McGee from the practice squad to the active roster and signed wide receiver Nick Toon to the practice squad.
Cards HC Bruce Arians expects both left guard Mike Iupati and running back Andre Ellington back from knee issues this week and that he’ll have to see how both are able to practice this week before knowing if they have a decent shot at playing this Sunday against the visiting Rams.
It will be interesting to see if Ellington is able to play. He would certainly add a dimension to the passing game but it would essentially create a three-headed monster at RB with Chris Johnson and David Johnson. Chris Johnson had a huge game in Week 3, so it's possible rookie David Johnson is the odd man out for now.
After much anticipation, No. 10 overall pick Todd Gurley played his first football game since blowing an ACL Nov. 15, 2014.
"I knew I was going to be fine after that," Gurley said of getting hit, via ESPN. "It definitely felt good to just be back out there on the field again."
The Rams predictably kept the rookie's carries to a minimum. Gurley toted the ball just nine times for six yards as St. Louis' offense could get nothing going on the ground or otherwise. Despite the lackluster start to his career, Gurley said he didn't feel rusty. However the back admitted it'll take time before he's back to full speed. We knew it was going to take time and as a result Gurley probably isn't safe for lineups as owners should continue to wait-and-see.
Ben Roethlisberger is the latest big name quarterback to suffer an injury.
The Steelers quarterback left Sunday's 12-6 victory over the Rams in the third quarter with a left knee injury. He was hit low while getting sacked by Rams safety Mark Barron, who stumbled on the play and crawled to sack Roethlisberger.
The Steelers quickly announced that Roethlisberger would not return and coach Mike Tomlin said after the game Roethlisberger "will be evaluated and have an MRI."
Roethlisberger was carted to the locker room after being helped off the field, and it was plain to see the anguish on his face. He was not able to put weight on his leg as he was helped off. He was seen leaving the stadium on crutches.
Michael Vick took over and could be in line for work the next several weeks. Adam Schefter reported Big Ben will miss at least the next four weeks with the hope the ACL is still intact. That's the hope for fantasy owners, too. Vick is a solid add just based on the talent around him. Martavis Bryant is due back Week 5 which will help. But, it's not out of the question the team leans a bit more on the run with LeVeon Bell returning and DeAngelo Williams putting together two very good weeks. Vick is certainly capable of putting up passing numbers in this offense. However, he's known to turn the ball over and his reckless style of running has also got him hurt in the past. The Steelers will have to put this all together fairly fast as they play at home Thursday night in Week 4 against the Ravens who are really struggling on defense, so it's a good first matchup for Vick. Pittsburgh then plays Monday night Week 5 vs. San Diego, hosts Arizona Week 6 and visits Kansas City Week 7 for their next four contests.
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