The first injury report of the season delivered one piece of unexpected news Thursday, when running back Andre Ellington was listed as limited because of a foot injury. Right now, it’s unknown what that means, since the report came after Bruce Arians spoke to the media and it wasn’t known that Ellington was ailing. Ellington did sit out some practice last week before the final preseason game, but given that he wasn’t going to play anyway, it wasn’t surprising. I’m sure we will hear more Friday. If I had to guess, I’d guess Ellington will be OK, but you never know.
UPDATE: Multiple reports are saying Ellington could miss “significant time.”
If Ellington is limited, that at least means he is doing some things in practice and he was wearing his pads during the open portion of work Thursday. It goes without saying that Ellington is an incredibly important piece of the offense, so his presence — and ability to do everything needed by the Cardinals — is a crucial component for Monday.
“We still have to watch not overloading (Andre) and overworking him,” Arians said a couple days ago. “But it’s fun to draw plays for him because the guy can do damn near anything.”
Ellington didn’t get a ton of preseason work but Arians said that wasn’t a big deal. “We know what he likes now and we are well-equipped to run the plays he likes.”
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