No, Andre Ellington wasn’t in the bubble Friday for practice (at least during the open portion) and the running back sat out officially. But Blake Shelton was there. The country music star, judge on”The Voice” television show and large Cardinals fan, is in town for a concert Friday night. So during the day, he visited the team as they prepped for the Chargers. He hung out talking to, among others, team president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer. He was presented with a jersey bearing his name after practice ended, and coach Bruce Arians sounded like a big fan.
Shelton even was invited in to break down the defensive backs huddle after practice (pictured below), although he admitted he didn’t really know what he was doing. He gave a, let’s call it a strong, message to the DBs about what they should do to the Chargers and hollered “DBs” with the rest of the players.
Shelton is not expected to try and play running back if Ellington cannot play Monday.
— On the Ellington front, I’ll have a full story in a bit on the homepage, but not much was learned today. Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said he couldn’t talk about injuries — Arians doesn’t meet the media again until tomorrow — and reiterated the philosophy from Arians on down: “Whoever is in there is in there. Who knows what will happen, but next man up.”
Ellington and linebacker Alex Okafor, who also did not practice, were the only Cardinals not to practice fully.
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