Rashad Johnson’s 9.5 fingers to sit vs. Bucs

Posted by Darren Urban on September 29, 2013 – 8:28 am

Safety Rashad Johnson was not cleared by doctors to play with his severed fingertip so he will not be active today against the Bucs. As expected, Tyrann Mathieu will start in his place.

No Johnson is a blow especially to a special teams unit that was already missing Lorenzo Alexander and Sam Acho. Special teams was a spot where the Cardinals had been consistent. We will have to see how the unit can respond. You figure rookie Tony Jefferson will also take a bigger role all the way around. The fact the Buccaneers probably will run the ball more with a rookie quarterback lends itself to the play of vet safety Yeremiah Bell, too (although the Cards must tackle better than they have.)

The rest of the inactive list comes as no surprise. Nose tackle Dan Williams (father’s death) and linebacker Kevin Minter (hamstring) were already out. The others sitting:

— QB Ryan Lindley

— RB Ryan Williams

— T Bobby Massie

— G Earl Watford

For the Buccaneers, QB Josh Freeman, benched this week, is inactive. Wide receivers Mike Williams (ankle) and Vincent Jackson (ribs) are active.

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20 Responses to “Rashad Johnson’s 9.5 fingers to sit vs. Bucs”

  1. By Jeremy on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, do you have insight into why Ryan Williams is not being played? His talent is obvious no matter how many other backs. It makes no sense to have that type of talent and not take advantage of it. I’d say play him or trade him. For him to take a roster spot and be Inactive seems like a waste for the team and the player.

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    Jeremy —

    RE: Ryan Williams

    If you are just going to bring in another guy who is going to be inactive, why not keep a player who has talent? He’s inactive because he doesn’t play special teams. If something happened to Mendenhall, I’d think he’d play.

  3. By Mike G on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is well!– I think the key to this game is the Cardinal defense–they must hold their own against the Buc’s O-Line. It will be tough because of the injured players – must tackle well and contain Martin. Must keep the Bucs in 3rd and long situations. That said Palmer has to play well this week. Time for him to play a full 60 minutes!!! -Hope Honey Badger fills in well for Johnson–Darren–Do you think the Cards will play 8 men in the box today often–to shut down the run????

  4. By Rick on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    I say we give Dave Zastudil fitzgeralds contract cause he’s the best player on the team. No improvement on offense very frustrating.

  5. By axaellugo on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    Very disappointed with my cardinal 3rd quarter 10-0 come on!!!!!!

  6. By Jahstone on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    SAME OLD CARDS!! Would be nice to get something in return for all my rooting. Oh well.

  7. By ron on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    Pull Carson Palmer int machine!!!

  8. By David on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply


  9. By axaellugo on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    Talking about wasting talent Larry Fitzgerald only gets 3 touches in the game come on man! 4 quarter 0-10 throw to # 11!

  10. By Mike T on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    I saw this guy on ESPN this morning talking about his fear about losing the end of his finger . this guy is one big coward There are brave men and women in the armed forces and police and fire department risking life and limb for the same amount of money this guy spends on his bar tab for a6 months . Our son was blown up 3 times in Iraq while healing up from 2nd & 3rd degree burns from the last one he joined a volunteer fire department then the army cut him lose he joined the Police department were he lost the lower half of his right leg and thrown over a 60 ft. over pass. and 9 months later was back to work full duty with a prosthetic .SO MAN UP TAKE THE MONEY YOU OVER PAID BABY.

  11. By Brandon on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    Rick –
    No improvement? That’s not quite the case. Certainly not where they need to be but we are doing a lot better than we were last year. This time last year we had more wins, but that was also the ‘peak’ of the performance we saw for the rest of the year. I think this team is still ‘on the way up’ as opposed to peaked.

  12. By CreditCard on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Rick. Zastudil is the best player on offense. The man was on the field more than any other situational offense player.

    I hate to be doom and gloom, but the Cards offensive is brutally inept. For the Cards, fortunately the Bucks are a poor offensive team, and with a rookie QB.

    Kiem’s1st draft is looking more and more like a bust. 1st and 3rd rounder out for the year, 2nd rounder and 4th rounder don’t play. j

    The 3rd round pick was good, but that is only because other players suggested / begged for Mathieu. The walk on’s are doing better than the players drafted. Yikes!

  13. By LG on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    We got the win the oline did good Levi brown did good but i said we would win this game.

  14. By Andy Kw on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    I can’t wait for next week when LB Daryl Washington returns. In the middle, there will be Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington. On the outside, Dontay Moch and Matt Shaugnessy will play. Both have done a phenomenal job against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  15. By LG on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    And i got to say the DEF did they thing today great job Todd Bowles.

  16. By just on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    had to post early…Feely awesome!!!! always has been and always will be, thanks Feely!!!

  17. By ES on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    The offense is awful. I have no idea at this point what the problem is. It painfully resembles last year’s inept play. It’s very frustrating with so many weapons not being used. I’m glad the defense is playing at a high level.

  18. By Cardsgirl on Sep 29, 2013 | Reply

    Give Mendenhall a rest and activate Ryan Williams for the next game. He could hardly have played worse. If Mendenhall is not fully healthy, as Arians said, then play someone who is. They have touted Ryan’s talents before his injuries, so with all the rest, he should be fine with a week’s practice. Williams and Ellington would be a great combo with a bit of Alfonso Smith.

    As a season ticket holder, I am tired of leaving the game wrung out emotionally with these close, cliff-hangar games (just like 2008). Come on Cards, give us a blow out against Carolina.

  19. By ored on Sep 30, 2013 | Reply

    defense is starting to come around,even with all the injuries,offense is sputtering,few really good plays,some so-so plays,and some duh!plays,still a work in progress,but i think once we put it all together consistently we’ll be in the mix.

    don’t agree our draft was a bust,injuries happen and does’nt mean a bust,take coop for instance,next year he will be on more equal footing with the other 1st year lineman,but that’s a good thing,with his athletic ability he’ll be up to speed quickly and the line as a whole will be that much better,we just need to figure out levis place and fix LT,imo we sign a free agent to get immediant results since even the top draft picks of last year are struggling.i also think next year we draft for our future QB,been some outstanding qb play thus far,some safety depth,upgrade db across from 21,keep looking for that heat seeking pass rusher,and upgrade where ever possible,i think keims 3 yr.plan is right on schedule.

  20. By Kevin S on Sep 30, 2013 | Reply

    Keim’s draft is a bust because Cooper suffered a broken leg in preseason? I guess in addition to being a talent evaluator he’s supposed to be psychic too?

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