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Floyd, Smoke both active against Panthers

Posted by Darren Urban on October 30, 2016 – 8:34 am

The Cardinals will have a full receiving corps against the Panthers.

Michael Floyd and John “Smokey” Brown are both active against the Panthers today, so that should help a passing game against a defense that has had its issues against the pass. After how beat up the Cards were after the Seahawks game, the inactive list isn’t bad. The full list:

— WR Chris Hubert

— LB Alex Okafor (calf)

— G Cole Toner

— DT Olsen Pierre

— TE Darren Fells (ankle)

— DT Ed Stinson (toe)

— DT Xavier Williams

The Panthers, who were already going to be without their starting left tackle Michael Oher (concussion), are also without arguably their best cornerback today with James Bradberry sidelined with a toe injury.


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Palmer active, but no John Brown against Seahawks

Posted by Darren Urban on October 23, 2016 – 3:56 pm

No surprise after Friday’s news, but wide receiver John Brown won’t play tonight against the Seahawks because of his leg issues stemming from a sickle-cell problem. I think there is optimism Brown will be back at some point. When that is is an unknown for now. Coach Bruce Arians said the team was working on a solution. Short-term, a game off makes sense.

Other than that, an expected inactives list. Jaron Brown (knee) is going to play. Carson Palmer (hamstring) is going to play. The full list:

— WR John Brown (leg)

— CB Brandon Williams

— LB Gabe Martin (knee)

— G Cole Toner

— DT Olsen Pierre

— DT Ed Stinson

— DT Xavier Williams

For the Seahawks, safety Kam Chancellor (groin) is inactive tonight. He didn’t practice all week so it isn’t a surprise, but it’s a key missing piece.


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Nkemdiche gets to play against Jets

Posted by Darren Urban on October 17, 2016 – 3:58 pm

So, after all that, rookie Robert Nkemdiche will be active tonight against the Jets.

It was will-he-or-won’t-he all week, with Nkemdiche and Bruce Arians both sounding optimistic the defensive tackle would be active for the game and then Arians on Saturday sounding less so. But now that we are here, Nkemdiche will be dressed out. How much he plays is another story. It’s Nkemdiche’s first game since the opener, when he got 10 snaps against the Patriots. Since then, he not only was healing from his ankle but also battling himself when it came to prep and knowing the plays. He’s passed the test this week.

The full list of inactives:

— CB Brandon Williams

— RB Kerwynn Williams

— DT Olsen Pierre

— DT Xavier Williams

— G Mike Iupati (ankle)

— TE Hakeem Valles

— DT Ed Stinson (toe)

For the Jets, linebacker David Harris is out but cornerback Darrelle Revis is active. ESPN is reporting Revis will cover Larry Fitzgerald. Also, Patrick Peterson lost the bucket challenge this week:


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Kerwynn Williams cut; Nkemdiche sits

Posted by Darren Urban on October 6, 2016 – 4:05 pm

Not any surprises on the Cardinals’ inactive list. Not anymore, not when Bruce Arians made it pretty clear Friday this wasn’t a game where he thought rookie Robert Nkemdiche should be up. So he is not. And the  Cardinals also made a roster move Thursday, promoting tight end Hakeem Valles to the active roster with Darren Fells out for the game. To make room for Valles, the Cards cut running back Kerwynn Williams, who was just signed Tuesday.

Injuries, actually, play a big role in the inactive list for tonight:

— QB Carson Palmer (concussion)

— G Cole Toner

— DT Olsen Pierre

— TE Darren Fells (shoulder)

— DT Robert Nkemdiche

— DT Ed Stinson (toe)

— DT Josh Mauro (chest)

Frostee Rucker will make his return after missing the last few games. Not having Mauro hurts; he’s a guy that, if he’s not playing because of injury, you know he has to be pretty banged up.


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Brandon Williams, Nkemdiche sitting vs Rams

Posted by Darren Urban on October 2, 2016 – 11:57 am

After a week in which Bruce Arians talked about young players needing to follow the example of the veterans more often, the inactive list is filled with rookies — including cornerback Brandon Williams, who has gone from starter to inactive in the last three weeks. Marcus Cooper is the starter there now, with Tharold Simon apparently primed to get some defensive snaps if necessary.

Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche remains inactive as well as the Cardinals look to avoid a second straight loss.

The full inactive list for the game:

— P Drew Butler (calf)

— CB Brandon Williams

— G Cole Toner

— DT Olsen Pierre

— DT Robert Nkemdiche

— DT Frostee Rucker (knee)

— NT Xavier Williams


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Nkemdiche sits again against Bills

Posted by Darren Urban on September 25, 2016 – 8:32 am

No surprises on the Cardinals’ inactive list for the game against the Bills. Rookie defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, battling an ankle and a deep defensive line room, will sit out the game. Although it is interesting that the Cards, with nine defensive linemen on the roster, will have four of them inactive.

Meanwhile, the Bills won’t have wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who has a bad foot, and won’t have receiver Greg Salas either or cornerback Ronald Darby.

The full inactive list for the Cards:

— S Marqui Christian

— G Evan Mathis (toe)

— LB Kareem Martin (knee)

— DT Frostee Rucker (knee)

— DT Robert Nkemdiche (ankle)

— DT Olsen Pierre

— DT Xavier Williams


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Nkemdiche out against Bucs; Mathis active

Posted by Darren Urban on September 18, 2016 – 11:31 am

It probably shouldn’t be a surprise, given the way Bruce Arians called him a “non-factor” in his debut and then having him pop up Friday on the injury report as questionable with an ankle problem, but first-round defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche is inactive today for the Cardinals. Nkemdiche hurt his ankle before training camp even started and it’s possible he jacked it up again in practice.

While Nkemdiche flashed in a couple of practices, publicly Arians has continued to push the rookie. It’s beginning to feel a little like how Arians treated 2015 draft pick D.J. Humphries. Humphries, as we all know, was inactive all last season. The hope would be that Nkemdiche doesn’t fall into the same trap, although the depth the Cardinals have on the defensive line is there to be used if needed.

One slight surprise on the active players: Newcomer cornerback Tharold Simon is indeed active after being claimed Wednesday. How much of a role he has is TBD.

The full inactive list against the Buccaneers:

— WR J.J. Nelson (shoulder)

— S Marqui Christian

— G Cole Toner

— DT Robert Nkemdiche (ankle)

— DT Frostee Rucker (knee)

— LB Kareem Martin (knee)

— DT Olsen Pierre

And, apropos of nothing, the downside of losing the Bucket Challenge:


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Bethel playing for Cards-Pats, Taylor sits

Posted by Darren Urban on September 11, 2016 – 4:02 pm

The Cardinals are fairly healthy, so Bruce Arians had some choices to make with his inactive list for Sunday night’s game against the Patriots. Not surprisingly, cornerback Justin Bethel (foot) is going to give it a go. Running back Stepfan Taylor (knee) will not. The full list of inactives:

— S Marqui Christian

— RB Stepfan Taylor (knee)

— G Cole Toner

— DT Olsen Pierre

— DT Ed Stinson

— NT Xavier Williams

— LB Kareem Martin (knee)

The Patriots’ inactive list wasn’t surprising since so many guys were hurt. One healthy scratch was former Arizona State running back D.J. Foster, who won’t be dressed. Again, no Gronk, no Jonathan Cooper, no Nate Solder.


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Bryant active, Babin sits for NFC Championship

Posted by Darren Urban on January 24, 2016 – 3:09 pm

The Cardinals are healthy, and their inactive list for the NFC Championship reflects that. It’s notable that newcomer Jason Babin — who played just one defensive snap last week — will not be active for the game. Defensive tackle Red Bryant, who was inactive last week, is back in the gameplan. The full inactive list:

— QB Matt Barkley

— CB Corey White

— RB Kerwynn Williams

— LB Shaq Riddick

— LB Jason Babin

— T D.J. Humphries

— DT Xavier Williams


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Cards’ inactives include Bryant, K. Williams

Posted by Darren Urban on January 16, 2016 – 4:44 pm

The Cardinals are able to have seven healthy inactive players today for the game against the Packers, which includes a couple of guys who have not been inactive of late: DT Red Bryant and RB Kerwynn Williams. The latter is important because it signals a comfort in the health of Andre Ellington in the backfield (although David Johnson is expected to remain the workhorse.) No Williams means the Cardinals will use someone different on kickoff returns (J.J. Nelson? Brittan Golden? David Johnson again?)

Bryant’s name is somewhat of a surprise with the injury to Cory Redding — especially since Xavier Williams is still inactive. With rookie linebacker Gabe Martin active, maybe the Cards wanted someone to fill in on special teams since Kareem Martin will have to play more defensive snaps (and Jason Babin, who is active, doesn’t do that.)

The full list:

—  QB Matt Barkley

— CB Corey White

— RB Kerwynn Williams

— LB Shaq Riddick

— DT Red Bryant

— T D.J. Humphries

— NT Xavier Williams


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