Ellington hopeful to play in Philly

Posted by Darren Urban on November 29, 2013 – 12:38 pm

Running back Andre Ellington will be a game-day decision after hurting his left knee late in Thursday’s practice. Ellington said it happened on a pass route and that it was already better than how it was feeling Thursday. Coach Bruce Arians said Ellington’s status will be determined on game day. Ellington didn’t practice Friday.

“Nothing real serious but we are going to be real careful with it,” Arians said.

As for the impact it would have without the dynamic playmaker, Arians was not surprisingly forward-thinking on the matter. “It would be just one guy out,” Arians said. “There are still a bunch of guys capable of taking his place, and we will make our adjustments.”

Ellington said he is hopeful to play. The game isn’t until Sunday, he said, and “that’s a lot of rest.” Of course, depending on what he did to tweak the knee, Ellington is facing a long plane flight to Philadelphia and sometimes, injuries can swell some in those instances. That’s why it’s tougher to tell a status before a road game. As for the Cards’ offense, Arians said, if Ellington couldn’t go it may cost the Cards “five or six plays” in the game plan.

I know the next question would be, if Ellington doesn’t play, would the Cardinals make Ryan Williams active. The last time a running back was down, and that was Rashad Mendenhall, Williams remained inactive. Would it change if the missing body was Ellington, since Mendenhall and Stepfan Taylor are essentially the same type of back? I’m not sure. At this point, it may take something more catastrophic for Williams to be used. And again, Ellington is hoping to be on the field. We won’t know until Sunday.


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15 Responses to “Ellington hopeful to play in Philly”

  1. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    He’s too valuable to risk on a long flight to Philly and playing in cold weather. Sit him for this week. Williams can step in if needed. No need to lose him for the season.

  2. By Paul Liccardi on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    hope everything is ok with Andre, I have to agree with coach arians on what he said,part of what makes a team a good team is when there is an injury to a key player, somebody will step up and step in.

  3. By Scott H on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    SO damn psyched for this game on Sunday! I hate the Eagles like I hate no other team on the planet ( Seahawks are close ) and with the Cardinals needing the win to keep up in this playoff race…it’s the ultimate double bonus. Believe me, there is NOTHING like listening to the misery of Eagle fans / media affer they lose a game that they just totally took for granted. Ane even though the Cardinals have ABSOLUTELY OWNED the Eagles as of late, most people out here aren’t even giving the Cardinals a second thought. They see this one as in the bag, and are aleady looking forward to other games. OK. Fine. Just makes it that much sweeter when it blows up in their faces.

    C’mon, fellas, this one is huge. Bring it home. You’re better than this team, so just play your game. Keep us in the race. AND give me the ultimate Monday – a glorious day full of listening to Eagle fans bitch about they should have won this game.

  4. By ored on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply


    save some of that for the divisional games,we have a good history against philly,not so in our own division,and that’s where we will probably break or be broken,sweep our division will be much more satifying.i know one game at a time is the motto right now,but chip is in much the same position we are…new coach, make divisional games playoff intensity,besides our defense has something to prove in philly with bowles return and philly basically starting a rookie qb,we know how that goes too often.

  5. By georgiebird on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    Enough with the cold weather paranoia- The Philadelphia weather forecast for Sunday is partly cloudy with light winds and a temperature of 48- for December 1 in the Northeast that is a nice early Christmas present.

  6. By cardsalltheway on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    We’ve always been told how great Ryan Williams is, will we ever find out? Or is he still injured, twist his ankle on a curb or something?

  7. By CORMAC on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply


    Is it possible that they keep Ryan out due to lawsuits and liability issues?

    In earlier interviews with Ryan, he mentioned being put in to early. Do you think its based on his comments to reporters? I just don’t see the logic to NOT play him once or twice. Or is it a secret weapon being saved down the stretch? Any opinion or guesses on the matter?

    Just seems strange and hush hush. All the answers the coach gives almost seems like its out of his hands and he is just doing what he is told.

  8. By Darren Urban on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    Cormac –

    RE: Williams

    Arians doesn’t want to put Williams in ahead of the other options. I don’t think it is a big conspiracy theory. The coaches see what they see in practices and meetings.

  9. By joe67 on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    Alfonso Smith can step in. He has done a good job when given a chance. He is the type to step in and have a big day.

  10. By dan on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    It’s interesting that this fluke injury occured just a few hours after the Thanksgiving Day game between the Cowboys and the Raiders displayed a graphic showing Andre as having the league’s highest yards-per-carry average (a whopping 6 yards per carry).
    I’m glad it doesn’t appear to be serious.
    As we march toward the playoffs, people are going to be doing a lot more than just pulling out his hair in their endeavors to stop him.

  11. By Scott H on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    ored –

    Yeah, I know, I gotta keep it together over here. But don’t worry, I’ve got plenty for this game and every other one coming up. But this IS a must win, regardless of who they’re playing. Gotta figure the panthers are going to beat the Buccs and we CANNOT fall 2 games behind them with only 4 to play. San Fran and St Louis…who knows? Rams are hard to figure out but they have have laid some serious beatdowns on some teams recently. Frankly, I hope they play to a tie! But…I have to think the Niners win that one. So…this is no time to drop one.

    An up-set by the Buccs would be AMAZING. But we have to hope the Cards take care of their own business – and the next 3 games are games they should win – and hope the Saints can take out the Panthers at least once (maybe TWICE! ) over the next 5 weeks.

    For the moment, tomorrow in Philly is ALL that matters. The Cardinals are getting a gift from the football gods with the weather, so… the rest is up to them.

  12. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    Why do Cards fans keep asking about Ryan Williams when the running game is doing fine? Heck, why not throw Drew Stanton in there too “just to see what we’ve got”?

  13. By Scott H on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    ored –

    Sorry, wasn’t done! yeah, the whole thing with Todd Bowles ( in Philly last year, Arizona this year ) and Billy Davis ( recently with Arizona, now with Philly ) is an interesting situation. I have heard that Bowles was a little pissed after getting dumped by Philly w/out really getting a chance to prove himself. Well….I guess he can do that now! I’m hoping his guys on defense have got his back tomorrow. And if the Cards win with a nice showing from the D, I hope they carry Bowles off the field. How friggin SWEET would that be????

  14. By ored on Nov 30, 2013 | Reply

    defense keeping the run game in check and bringing foles back to earth would be nice,palmer keeping the offense rolling would set us up for decembers battles.

    this game is developing into more than meets the eye,with the defensive coaches,new head coaches,qb’s,and the media stirring the pot,now patrick is making news both with a new agent and pretty much a challenge for top db,i guess after taking on every teams top reciever he has some cred there.i would be happy with a defensive battle,would be fitting and nice to see bowles get some run.

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