A bootless Ellington, and finding practice time

Posted by Darren Urban on October 22, 2014 – 2:17 pm

This can only be seen as good news for the Cardinals: Running back Andre Ellington, after his heaviest workload of the season Sunday in Oakland (30 touches), did not have to wear a boot on his left foot Wednesday — which had been a constant for Ellington, who has been dealing with a tendon problem for weeks.

“He’s not in a boot, which is nice for a Wednesday,” coach Bruce Arians said.

The reality is that Ellington will be dealing with the foot injury all season. And it’s possible the bootless Wednesday will be a one-week thing. But Arians, noting Ellington had a pair of drops Sunday and lined up wrong once, likes the possibilty that Ellington could practice more than he has been. Arians said Ellington, who has done very little Wednesdays, has usually been struggling during Thursday’s practices (when he again is limited.)

“It really hurts some timing in the passing game,” Arians said. “The practice time is hurting him. He’s gutting it up and is playing extremely well on Sundays, but the one week he practiced all week was, I thought, his best game. This one (in Oakland), he made a lot of plays, but again, there were more plays to be made.”

When Arians says the Cardinals would like about 70 percent of the game plan to involve Ellington, these are not small concerns.

Ellington insists he’s always familiar with the game plan and he works hard on his mental reps. The bootless development meant he’d be able to run in practice more than usual. But he acknowledged the timing in the passing game probably is hurt with little practice, especially since he isn’t a natural receiver. It’s just part of what Ellington and the Cardinals must account for this year.

“I understand it’s never going to feel good,” Ellington said. “It probably won’t feel good until January or February, whenever the season is over with. I’ll just take it day by day, try to keep it calmed down.”



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13 Responses to “A bootless Ellington, and finding practice time”

  1. By Robert on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    he’s too light for an every day back. It will be a miracle if he makes the complete season. He should not be running up the middle.

    My other comment is the poor play, and i say poor play of PP especially when he makes all that money but is playing like a 3rd or 4th corner. He hasn’t done anything positive this entire year. I wish we had not locked him up and paid him all that $$

  2. By jwoodaz on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    Better to be February…

  3. By Robert on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    by the way, where is our super star tight ends, Housler and Niklas? why aren’t they paying a more defined role?

    Niklas is really disapointing that he can’t even make the field. How many catches does these two BIRDS have?

    They will not win sunday playing like they did the past 2 weeks…ANd by the way where is the NT T’amu? is he even active? How many snaps does he get?

  4. By Dynosoar on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    OK Dr. G.

    Strength of schedule for games played, since win loss isn’t good enough. Haha. Based solely on games played over seven weeks. Cowboys have played one game more.

    Cardinals opponents have 52% wins
    Eagles opponents have 46% wins
    Cowboys opponents have 46% wins

    Cardinals opponents of opponents have averaged 54% wins
    Eagles opponents of opponents have averaged 56% wins
    Cowboys opponents of opponents have averaged 55% wins

    Please don’t ask me to do that again. Thanks. We’re all pretty even as to strength of schedule if we look at opponents of opponents for win percentage. I hope this eases your mind.

    4-0 against the NFC East. Gonna be a sweet two weeks. (Fingers crossed, all of them. Haha.) I know we can, question is will we.

  5. By superbowlcards on Oct 23, 2014 | Reply

    Made my head hurt!! What is opponents of opponents? Swoosh, right over my noggin!! You must have an MBA from Harvard or Yale, that sure as heck trumps my Hospitality Certificate from the local Community College! HaHa.

  6. By Dynosoar on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply


    Out of 95 TEs

    John Carlson is 27th with 14 catches.
    Housler is 60th with 4 catches
    Niklas is 83rd with 1 catch

    BA likes to spread the ball around, but yeah, Housler and Niklas have not had many catches. I couldn’t find anything on how many dropped passes. That may be more significant than catches. Then again, it may not. Without seeing that stat we don’t know.

  7. By superbowlcards on Oct 23, 2014 | Reply

    Hasn’t the rookie TE been injured a good portion of the season though?

  8. By Dynosoar on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    Ellington said. “It probably won’t feel good until January or February, whenever the season is over with. I’ll just take it day by day, try to keep it calmed down.”

    I like February.

    Interesting that 70% will involve Ellington with Fitzgerald, Floyd, Carlson and the Brown’s. Interesting.

  9. By superbowlcards on Oct 23, 2014 | Reply

    Would anyone else like to see what the RB Grice brings to the table?? Didn’t we sign him off of Chargers Practice squad, must have seen something that impressed GM or somebody on coaching staff,lets see what he can bring to the party.

  10. By D on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    I think the game plan this week is to stop McCoy and put the pressure on Foles, which in his last outing he didn’t like too much. Cards are #1 against the run, take that away from Foles and make them one dimensional.

    The problem is who on the Cards defense should shadow him. This is where a DWash would be needed, since we don’t have that I think Bowles needs to step outside the box. Bucannon is good in the box, but needs to improve on his coverage., HoneyBadger’s knee would prevent him from keeping up with Shady. I say, we play more nickel D, have PP shadow McCoy when he goes out as WR and use our depth in the secondary as an advantage. Philly will play up tempo, no huddle, so we should be well prepared for it.

  11. By Scott H on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    Regarding concerns for Ellington’s ability to hold up over the whole season ( and beyond, we hope ! ), THIS is where the loss of Dwyer REALLY hurt this team.

  12. By MostlyRight on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    Glad to hear Ellington is looking healthy after the heavy workload Sunday.

    Darren, any word on Campbell’s progress and availability against the Eagles? I think we’ll need him.

  13. By Darren Urban on Oct 22, 2014 | Reply

    Mostly —

    RE: Campbell

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