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Martin IR move increases Fua chance

Posted by Darren Urban on November 18, 2016 – 10:48 am

When Bruce Arians was asked about bringing a player off injured reserve this week and whether he had made a decision yet on either running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch, the coach said he had not yet, that it depended on the injury situation, and then he dropped in a name no one had ever considered — linebacker and special teamer Alani Fua.

Friday’s move to put linebacker and special teamer Gabe Martin on injured reserve with a knee injury is another reason why it might have been pertinent to wait on a pick.

Fua was probably always a possibility, given how much he could play on special teams and how well he can do it. Now, Martin’s injury impacts the who-to-bring-back thought process. For now, the Cardinals have promoted linebacker Zaviar Gooden from the practice squad to replace Martin. But as the Cardinals wait to see who they want off of IR — Fua, Johnson and Branch would all be eligible to play Dec. 4 against the Redskins, but as of now the Cardinals have not picked any of them to return to practice — it might be another IR move that makes the choice for them.

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12 Responses to “Martin IR move increases Fua chance”

  1. By D on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    Looking like special teams will need Fua more than the other two players. For this team to win, they need to keep DJ on the field, so I don’t see CJ back, also they need to see how healthy the Honey Badger is, they need him to be back as a difference maker.

  2. By Dennis on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    You’ve got to be kidding. Fua over Chris Johnson would make absolutely no sense. We need offensive weapons not defense; but the way this season is going and some of Arians moves IMO this would seal our fate.

  3. By Andre on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    James Laurinaitis

  4. By Brendan B on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    Tough call, the whole team is pretty banged up this year. My thoughts:
    I don’t think Branch will return. The secondary has been looking decent, and Honeybadger should be returning.
    CJ would be great, but DJ is such a workhorse that Ellington will suffice if he needs a breather. CJ’s pass blocking could be neccesary if the O-line struggles for protection.
    Fua, though over looked, could actually be the right choice here. Our LBs are a little roughed up and special tems has been preforming poorly. More depth there could be pretty helpful.
    I bet it will be a wait and see if anyone else gets hurt or who the situation looks at the time, but my money is on CJ or Fua.

  5. By Scott H on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    Look, lets try to help either the offense or the defense. Our ST’s need too much help for Fua to fix by himself.

  6. By shannon robinson on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    This is the game we’ve been building for – the power to shut down the Vikes’ offense and go hard at their defense and score some points. I like the way this team is built to win this game. No Risk It – No Biscuit – give me some gravy!

  7. By Grimdog on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    Will all of this really matter come Monday? The Vikings could not have gotten a softer get well gift that the Cardinals to get back on track. Vikings cruise 24-10 in a game the cardinals score all 10 of their points in the last 5 minutes. Park everyone next week including Johnson, it’s time for draft picks. The trifecta of New England, Los Angeles and Seattle were the final nails in the coffin……….
    4-5-1 rather than 8-2, garbage special teams………… hard to believe

  8. By clssylssy on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    Chris is a playmaker who we need desperately on offense immediately. It would be nice to get the others back but we know what Chris can do–he’s a proven commodity. The other thing we know is that BA is going to ride David until he’s on IR and we are without a run game at all; other teams know he’s a principal offensive weapon and are going to be after him hard. This is playoff football and the injuries in last night’s game with the Panthers and Saints are what we can look forward to. Since our choice is limited, we need to fortify and insure our running game in the hopes it will carry us in tandem with our ariel game (still an effective weapon). This isn’t our first rodeo trying to deal with injuries and making the playoffs so I would hope we learned a few lessons along the way.

  9. By Wild Blue Yonder on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    Grimdog,
    Glad that you found your way to the Cards’ website. LOL
    Now, go to the Pack’s, Lions’ and Bears’ websites and your own and have fun.
    Cards 20 Vikes 13.

  10. By D on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    You could also say AZ OT will be susceptible to MN pressure
    with Wetzel at LT. Zimmer will bring the house.
    Palmer won’t have time to throw deep. Get the ball to Fitz and Johnson and AZ will need the TE’s to do a good job in protection.

    Griffen MN 6 sacks
    Hunter MN 5 sacks
    Robinson MN 4 sacks

    vs
    Jones AZ 7 sacks
    Golden AZ 6 sacks
    Campbell AZ 3 sacks

  11. By jeffcardinalfan on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    this game will depend on 2 things…imho

    1-dumb turnovers by cards

    2-PRESSURE ON BRADFORD…since he was at Oklahoma he has been very very good when given time to throw but gets rattled quickly if he has pressure

  12. By Eazy E on Nov 18, 2016 | Reply

    No question CJ2K is the frontrunner! Definitely not Fua and Branch would be 2nd. Chris all day! We need another explosive element to our offense!

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