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Gresham, Floyd, Niklas all active

Posted by Darren Urban on September 13, 2015 – 11:28 am

All those game-day decision Bruce Arians said he had turned into guys that are playing, which is good news for the Cardinals. Tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas are both active, as is wide receiver Michael Floyd — who just had surgery on his dislocated fingers on Aug. 5. An impressive comeback for Floyd, although after watching him dive on the turf in the practice bubble this week for onside kick recoveries it sure seemed a good bet he’d be playing.

Because of that, the inactive list contains few surprises:

— QB Matt Barkley

— WR Brittan Golden (meaning David Johnson probably will return kickoffs)

— LB Shaq Riddick

— T D.J. Humphries

— G Mike Iupati (knee)

— TE Joseph Fauria

— DT Xavier Williams


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17 Responses to “Gresham, Floyd, Niklas all active”

  1. By Chuck 1 on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    Granted it’s a sample size of one; however, Butler’s first punt is 30 yards and went out-of-bounds.
    Deja Vu all over again.

  2. By cards62 on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    Wow what a quick first quarter. Carson looked awesome on the TD pass buying extra time and nice to see Floyd with an early catch. Surprised X. Williams is out this game I guess we are expecting Drew Brees to pass a lot. Go Cards beat those Saints and glad the Rams beat the Seahawks. What a great game that was. Sure am glad football is back!!!

  3. By georgiebird on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    At the end of the half what a dumb play by BA- yes BA. He should have instructed CP to not run on 3rd down.
    1) no timeouts -so no time for a field goal
    2) CP could and might have been hurt on a meaningless run

  4. By rod on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    Doesn’t look good for Ellington, I fear he’s out the rest of the year.😦

    That signing of Chris Johnson looks brilliant now.

  5. By rod on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    Cheap shot to the nuggets on that Larry Fitz catch and run…that’s BS.

  6. By Dynosoar on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    Looks like Fells is the Cardinals version of a Gronk.

    Part of me is really glad we have two Johnson’s who both have a similar running style to Ellington so plays will not need to be changed. The other part is really hoping Ellington’s injury is not serious. He has 5.8 ypc at the time of being walked off the field.

  7. By Scott H on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    First, GREAT win! not a no-doubt-about-it win but it was great to see the Cardinals score first and keep a lead all the way through. Nicely done!!!

    NOT so great – anyone looking at Ellington’s injury and seeing pretty much exactly what happened to Palmer last year? I am. A no-contact injury and those are almost always very bad news. Gotta wait and see, but….Ellington just does not seem to be able to stay healthy, that is becoming apparent.

    Thank the lord the team stuck with CJ, did not cut him. Perhaps they don’t really think Ellington can stay healthy, either. Regardless – while NO ONE will be happy about Ellington – get ready to be happy that CJ is here right now.

    And speaking of Johnson’s, how ’bout that OTHER Johnson!!!! WOW!!!! This kid is truly gifted at making catches out of the backfield. And, man, did he friggin’ FLY once he had the ball on the 55 yarder! Damn!

    I’d hate to be right ( really, I would ) but I did suggest at one point that we could end up with a Johnson & Johnson backfield….

    And how amazing was that day from Darren Fells??? Holy cow! My lord, does this mean we ACTUALLY have a bona fide TE in town???? Isn’t it amazing how a TE making catches can add a whole new dimension to your offense? Have also been saying I think Fells is gonna be the guy to emerge at TE. He got off to a damn good start today.

    My man Palmer has NEVER had this many weapons at his disposal. And Floyd didn’t even play today! If we keep Palmer healthy, he will orchestrate this offense like a maestro. Looking forward to many more weeks of beautiful music!

    Again, great win, great to be 1-0, always good to get a win against an NFC opponent who could be a contender.

    Also great to see the Seahawks go down today. But I think the Rams have officially replaced the Niners as the OTHER team we have to worry about. NICE day from Foles today. This kid can play. And with a bona fide QB – finally – the Rams are going to be at the table.

  8. By rod on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    HUGE PROPS TO THE O-LINE !!

    WAY TO KEEP OUR PRECIOUS BABY SAFE !!

  9. By Richard S on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    Seahawks St. Louis on antenna, Cardinal football on Slingbox – DirecTV and Cardinal baseball on other screen off of mlb.tv. Multitasking. So busy I missed what ESPN Scores Az NO play by play called a Floyd catch. I have to go back and watch the recording of the game tomorrow to see Floyd’s catch. Not quite as many screens as Madden has, but it’s hard to keep an eye on all games anyway.

  10. By Chris on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    Ellington update?
    Sorry Darren, you knew the question was coming though.

  11. By cards62 on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    A win is a win so of course I am happy, but game seemed a little like the bizzaro world. Cardinals throwing the ball to tight ends and our o line not giving up a sack and running the ball for almost a 5 yard average. I know Saints front is not strong, but I will take it and saw some good things from our o line this game. You guys see Shipley’s block on Ellington td run when he lined up as full back. He knocked the linebacker back couple of yards, and big Watford running down the field on David Johnson touchdown catch, and I believe it was Niklas taking out two guy on the little dump off to Fells that he ran for 40 yards, and Cooper getting out and protecting Carson on first touch down throw to Brown. Wow and our defense against the run strong again and red zone defense was great. To hold the Saints to so many field goals is an accomplishment. First half did a good job of containing Brees, but second half pass defense poor. Some plays dbs looked great and others just bad coverage or angles or tackling.
    Steve K I told you to pay Okafor before the season started. Unless we bring the house looks like he is the only one getting to the QB, but hey at least we have one guy who can rush the passer,
    Worse part is Ellington knee and just like Palmer last year no one hit him and just a normal run and down he goes. Ellington was running really well and he looked great out there, the fumble of course was not good but his effort on that play and every play was great and then he just falls down on a run. Just so strange to see him go down like that just like Palmer last year. I just hope our team can stay healthy this year and the best news is Palmer looked great moving around out there.

    Well on east coast so have to get the children to bed, but a great football weekend with the highlight our Cardinals winning the opener.

    Go Cards and our prayers are with you for a speedy recovery A. Ellington.

  12. By sbrown on Sep 13, 2015 | Reply

    georgiebird –

    agree, clock management was poor in that series at the end of the half. I was surprised that series came from Palmer. Really only needed 10 – 12 yards to have a good chance to try a FG.
    A mental mistake, hopefully first game jitters something to fix for next week.

    All in all, good win for the Cards now on to Chicago !

  13. By georgiebird on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Don’t get me wrong in critcizing BA’s play call at the end of the half in allowing CP to run. I love BA- he’s the best HC in football. But attention to every detail is what will make the Cardinals a winner this year.
    Just last night, Tom Coughlin-a top 5 HC- blew the final minute of the Giants/Dallas game and cost his team a win.
    Unless you’re the Steelers of the 70s, any play could mean the game.

  14. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Funny you guys brought up the clock management in that series. When Palmer dove and got the first down but we couldn’t get another play off — not even a spike — the play I was thinking of was the time out we took when the Saints were setting up for a FG. That just seems like a dumb way to use a TO, even if you’re not really ready… I mean, I know the Cards have been pretty good at blocking kicks, but that’s still a longshot, as is a fake. I’d just have let that play run its course and let them kick the FG even if our defense was a little out of sorts.

    Of course, that’s easy to say in hindsight, when it’s obvious that having another TO would have helped… lots of times, teams keep their TO’s in the first half and then never need them. Still, when it happened, I just thought, “wasted timeout.”

  15. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    And georgiebird — I don’t think Coughlin blew that game as much as Eli did. They had been stuffed on 2 straight runs, so I don’t disagree with trying to pass. But Eli has to know, if the pass isn’t there, just take the sack. There’s basically no difference between a FG from the 2 yard line and one from the 10; your guy is going to make it. If you throw the ball to one of your guys and he drops it or the D makes a great play and knocks it away, OK. But if no one is open… throwing the ball out of the end zone 5 yards over everyone’s head? That’s what you do when you have no play, but you still have downs to play with and you’re trying to STOP the clock.

    The person who made the bad decision there, IMO, is Eli, not Coughlin.

  16. By clssylssy on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Sorry to see Ellington go down and will hope it isn’t as serious as it looked initially. Heard reports that he was walking around the locker room after the game so will hope for the best. While I was skeptical of CJ at first, am really glad to have him and really feel that he could end up our #1RB.
    Way too many errors and blown coverages and Brees had way too much time to find his targets, but thank goodness for the Honey Badger and our secondary guys to make him nervous and disrupt his attempts! Knowing that Brees usually takes off in the second half, my heart was in my throat going into the half but, our defense came through and did a masterful job. Was glad to see Floyd in the game and was glad Arians used Larry as much as he did as you can’t beat a consistent, dependable player with the experience and football IQ as Fitz and his one miss came on a grossly overthrown ball by Palmer. Fitz still consistently amazing “at his age”! Fells was a breath of fresh air and Alex Okefor will be somebody teams will start game planning around…pretty cool!
    It was a great win for a season opener but it’s just one game and next week will be on the road against a very tough and underestimated Chicago team in what could be inclement weather, so we’ll need to clean up those errors that could have cost us the game and show them that the Cards bring their own Johnson & Johnson (aka medical treatments).
    It didn’t seem to me that the Seahawks were really breaking a sweat and look for them to comeback to their winning form once again, but, agree the Rams are going to be a team for the Cards to be careful of in the West, as they have been our achilles heel to many times to discount! Good Job All and Props to the Birdgang who made U of Phoenix Stadium rock and was our legit 12th man (sometimes 13th)!

  17. By georgiebird on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    @ Kevin S Mesa- As experienced as Eli Is- I still feel the HC and at least the OC were to blame. Just what you are talking about should have been conveyed to Eli and I’m sure Eli would have followed orders and not thrown the ball away.
    Attention to detail means getting everyone on the same page especially at critical times during the game. Assuming everyone “knows” what to do can be a dangerous play call when the game is on the line.

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