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RB Bush cut as Shaughnessy rejoins roster

Posted by Darren Urban on December 5, 2014 – 3:01 pm

The Cardinals made a somewhat surprising move today by cutting recently signed running back Michael Bush. The Cards were going to have to create a roster spot for linebacker Matt Shaughnessy, who is coming off IR/designated to return. But the Cards also decided to promote running back Kerwynn Williams back to the active roster from the practice squad, so cutting Bush and new tight end Matthew Mulligan were the moves made.

Bruce Arians had been hesitant to say if Bush was playing this week, and this probably is the reason why. Stepfan Taylor is getting the start at running back in place of the injured Andre Ellington, who heads up a long list of injured players. This doesn’t necessarily eliminate Bush from coming back — it’s possible he’s just not up to speed yet, not like Williams, who knows the offense, and this is a game-to-game thing — although it’s also possible the Bush experiment simply didn’t work out.

Arians said the running backs will be worked in as the game dictates. I’d anticipate Marion Grice getting a chunk of work even with Taylor starting. We’ll see if the Cardinals can make headway running the ball against what has been a bad Chiefs’ run defense.

“The runs that are working pretty good are the ones downhill,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “We have to be better at the ones that go sideways, as far as zone plays.”

Ellington (hip), starting right guard Paul Fanaika (ankle), defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe) and safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb surgery) are all listed as out.

Arians also said wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has been making progress but who is still not 100 percent, is going to be a game-day decision again — so no lock Fitz plays. Fitzgerald did practice fully Friday for the first time since his knee injury, however.


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33 Responses to “RB Bush cut as Shaughnessy rejoins roster”

  1. By Larry t on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Arians needs his head examined

  2. By D on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    KC will dare Stanton to throw the ball….AZ’s defense better bring their A game Sunday to keep it close…Sunday is huge for the division, if Seattle wins at Philly, they will be the favorites to win the division….Cards need a healthier Ellington against the Rams…

  3. By ryan on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    BA is a stud and will get a victory this weekend!

    GO CARDS!!

  4. By redhawk1960 on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    BA won’t be in the field

  5. By krehbieo14 on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Ellington hasn’t been healthy most of the year. Taylor and Grice will do fine assuming the offensive line can produce. We need “more cowbell” via Jonathan Cooper. Running game will be essential. Go Cards!

  6. By Dr. G. on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    …Perhaps we can be convinced with some splanation as Desi would say.

    Williams is 10 lbs lighter that Ellington. He may be a better athlete; we can only guess having only 1 play in his career. But, the big boys will not be intimidated to see him coming in at RB. Grice, Hughes and Taylor must be in the run game plan…. I just dunno…

    OH, WAIT..!! KERWYN IS A “”RETURN”” MAN. THAT SPLAINS IT ALL….
    It can only get better with Ginn’s reluctance and it takes no study…. LATER…

  7. By Scott H on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Well….this says to me that Bush really did not have anything to offer. That can’t be a total shock since he has been available since March. But it does steer me even further toward believing that passing on LaGarrette Blount was a big mistake.

    OK, they needed a roster spot. Somebody had to go. But….as completely inept as this team has been running the ball over the last 3 weeks, it would seem the LAST position where we should be cutting someone loose would be running back. Again, it is clear that Bush had nothing to offer if he was the most expendable player we had.

    Bottom line – we’re right back to where we’ve been. Maybe Taylor or Grice will show they have something to offer. But….if they do, where’s it been????

    I’ve heard recent responses from others that Blount is bad news, he causes trouble, etc. OK. Does it seem like he is causing any trouble for the Patriots right now??? Doesn’t look that way to me. And maybe that is because well-run organizations don’t let guys like Blount cause trouble for them. Period. First sign of trouble, they’re gone. Good-bye. And they move on. Well….couldn’t the Cardinals have taken a similar approach and given this a try, for cryin’ out loud????

    Meanwhile, the Patriots are steam-rolling toward the post-season and the Cardinals offense looks dead in the water for the last 2 weeks with NO running game. C’mon, folks….Blount was worth a try. Just giving the guy a try definitely had a nice up-side and – IMHO – totally minimal risk ( because if he were a problem, you can just show him the door ).

    And a chance to make a deep post-season run wasn’t worth giving Blount a try? Really? Sure would have been worth it to me.

    And I WILL eat every one of these words if Blount causes trouble in NE between now and the end of their season.

  8. By Marlin on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Go Cardinals !!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By Chuck 1 on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Show us something, Taylor and Grice.

  10. By Cards Girl on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    If I’m not mistaken, the Patriots were ahead of the Cards for waiver claims, since at that time the Cards had a better record–correct or not?

  11. By Darren Urban on Dec 6, 2014 | Reply

    Cards Girl —

    RE: Blount/Waivers

    You are correct. But Blount was not claimed by anyone. He cleared waivers, and then the Patriots signed him.

  12. By azfaninwa on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    I, for one, am excited to see Taylor get some reps on run plays. I think he is a better back in terms of patience, avoiding negative runs and falling forward through contact for that extra yard.

  13. By AussieCardsFan on Dec 7, 2014 | Reply

    I’m sick of everyone having a crack at us not signing Blount. There is a very obvious reason we didn’t claim Blount off of waivers. Dude’s not a great locker room guy. Why was he cut from Pittsburgh? Because he cracked it after not getting a single carry in a game where (if I remember correctly) Le’Veon Bell was tearing the field up. Obviously Ellington is our number 1 guy, so what’s to say Blount doesn’t pull the same crap and become our very own locker room cancer when Ellington has a good game or they stick with him to contribute towards the pass? Not worth the trouble when it’s clear that we’ve got to 9 wins because of a great locker room that BA has created.

  14. By georgiebird on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Kerwynn Williams out of the mold of Roy Shivers and MacArthur Lane.

  15. By MikeinMesa on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    I think its funny how some of these NFL teams lead fans on. I watch the Yahoo Fantasy panel on Sunday mornings and they have a doctor on who talks about the players and their injuries. He’s quite knowledgeable and shows xrays and mri’s so you can see what the players are going through. He showed an example of Fitzgerald’s injury and said that type was usually a minimum of 3 weeks or more recovery or you risk a worse injury. Yet the media listening to the Cards spin keep acting like he might play every week. Why not just tell the truth to begin with.

  16. By Andy Kw on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    This is outrageous. I’m fine with Stepfan Taylor starting, in fact I love that he is starting, but having Michael Bush cut in favor of Kerwynn Williams was just dumb. We need more experience in the back field and not having an experienced RB will hurt. If Bush comes back, great. But if Williams is supplanting him for the remainder of the season, then this is clearly a bad decision

  17. By clssylssy on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Well stated Scott. Strong organizations with stable locker rooms can afford to take a risk on high risk/high gain players once in awhile especially in the home stretch with the playoffs on the line. The Broncos gave Richie Incognito a tryout a month ago and his history has been more than a little checkered since high school here in the valley! I am a believer in second chances especially when there is a possibility that there can be a win/win outcome.
    I think we have the kind of players who would rein in a player beginning to have a toxic effect on the team and would be supported by our management if a player needed to go.
    Our run game needs a good pounder and I’m thinking Stephan Taylor and Robert Hughes both show more physicality than Ellington so don’t really understand why they haven’t been coached up to what is needed. BA started out a RB coach and while Andre is light and fast, he’s a far cry from Marshawn Lynch OR Jamal Charles…or Eddie Lacy, Darren Sproles, Montee Ball…but then our O-line doesn’t compare with KCs, Seattle’s,Green Bay’s… and once again this is coming back to bite us!

  18. By Johndiddo on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Here’s the deal, this late into the season, the only player worth bringing in is Ray Rice, let me go ahead and say that the altercation is just that, just an altercation that he has already paid for. Remember that Michael Vick went and paid for what he did, and now do you ever hear any dog fighting remarks towards him? If Ray Rice completely turns his life around, is it really so bad to put him in the Cardinals backfield that just looks worse than when we were running with Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower (both of which are out of the NFL). We drafted Jonathan Cooper for run protection, obviously Paul Fanaika is out already, so it looks like we will be running a little bit more. I’m not saying this week, but for St. Louis, we should run it much more with Ray Rice. Like Boomer always says ‘com’on man’.

  19. By mike on Dec 6, 2014 | Reply

    So true….and that’s just stating the obvious!!!

  20. By clssylssy on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Just read where NFL picked Grice for an “honorable mention” for sleeper RB of the week…wouldn’t that be a nice surprise!🙂

  21. By TucsonTim on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Clearly we weren’t the only team that passed on Blount, but then we are only 27 yards in front of Oakland for 32nd place in rushing. Disturbing. Really hard to understand what was the down side there.

  22. By sbrown on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Scott H – don’t forget that Blount came from the NE program, so for him to go back to the same offense / quarterback / system was an easy adjustment for him.

  23. By Rick on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Is Ray Rice worth a try?

  24. By redhawk1960 on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Bush was only good for 3rd down and 2 yards, or maybe goal line russing, he stole paychecks with the bears, but he claimmed he never had a fair chance, he got a fair shake.

  25. By CreditCard on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    Bush was about as nimble as my grandmother his last season in the NFL. There is a reason no other NFL or CFL team gave Bush the time of day. My opinion, it reveals a desperate move of hope by the Cards

  26. By Craig on Dec 5, 2014 | Reply

    I believe the defense is really missing the play of Ed Stinson. The guy was playing great and on the field a lot. I hope he’s not done for the season like Willis with that toe injury. That one hurts.

  27. By much.faster on Dec 6, 2014 | Reply

    blount is water under the bridge, and r. and p. are not to be mentioned here, but i cann`t believe, there isn`t a singe RB out there waiting to prove his worth.

    for example, what`s with leach, is he retired?

    i don`t believe grice is it, he would have played more often, if he is ripe for the NFL.

  28. By Dobie on Dec 6, 2014 | Reply

    all I know the Cards need what I call a body banger that will give you those three four yards on third down or 1 or 2 or 3 to go but I am not a coach

  29. By clssylssy on Dec 6, 2014 | Reply

    Maybe we didn’t appreciate what we had in Mendenhall…last year’s ground game was a world better…just say’n, he probably wouldn’t have cost us that much and we would have had the body banger to wear down opposing defenses so Ellington could run clean up?

  30. By Darren Urban on Dec 6, 2014 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Mendenhall

    He retired.

  31. By clssylssy on Dec 6, 2014 | Reply

    I know he retired Darren, but perhaps if we had showed some interest he would have decided to continue to play. In retrospect all the whining that was done last year about him almost seems laughable in light of this years run game. BA was promoting Ellington to be “the next Darren Sproles”…lol, guess not!

  32. By Scott H on Dec 6, 2014 | Reply

    CreditCard –

    How does this NOT look like a COLOSSAL goof by the Cardinals at this point? They pass on Blount. Pats pick him up. When he plays for the Pats the last few weeks, he looks awesome. The Cards make a total desperation move with Bush only to cut him about a week later. He never even sees the field.

    The Pats are better because of the addition of Blount, looking like they can rely on the run any time they have to now. The Cardinals suddenly appear to have just about the WORST RB situation in the NFL with 3 weeks left in the season.

    They didn’t need to sign Blount to a multi-year deal. They didn’t need to give him guaranteed money. They didn’t need to give up draft picks. All they needed to give him was a uniform and a helmet. THERE WAS NO RISK AT ALL IN BRINGING HIM IN. Absolutely NONE. And THAT wasn’t worth a try to help this woeful running game???

    Un-friggin-believable.

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