Cardinals RB Andre Ellington sustained a rib injury in the first half, which led coach Bruce Arians to believe his top runner was done for the day. To Arians' surprise, Ellington was ready to go when the second half was set to start.
Ellington put in a fine performance during Arizona's 21-13 win over Arizona, totaling 160 total yards — 88 rushing, 72 receiving. Ellington has been a high-volume producer in Arizona's offense and has showed a knack for being able to play through injuries. He's also dealt with a nagging foot injury throughout the season.
While it was nice for owners Ellington came back, and we can perhaps assume he will be okay for Week 8, it's at least a cause for concern as rib injuries are often a serious matter and take time to heal. This is definitely something owners need to pay attention to this week. There is some good news: Ellington 30 touches in Week 7's win could be something we see more of. Arians said a big reason Ellington hasn’t gotten as many touches as he did Sunday was because he hasn’t been able to practice much. He and quarterback Carson Palmer simply don’t have the confidence in certain plays because they have not been repped.