Ellington’s PCL injury looks short-term

Posted by Darren Urban on September 14, 2015 – 1:17 pm

Bruce Arians said running back Andre Ellington indeed has a “mild” PCL sprain in his right knee. He suffered it on the 16-yard run the play before he went down for good. Arians is not putting a timeline on Ellington’s return — the Cardinals have avoided putting timelines on injuries of late, which is smart because it lowers the expectations on a return — although he said “it could be one week, it could be three.” The main takeaway is that Ellington isn’t out long-term.

Chris Johnson is the starter, David Johnson the backup. Arians said he doesn’t anticipate adding a running back, and would be OK playing the Johnsons and Stepfan Taylor in Chicago.

Arians also said there were no other injuries suffered that would cause players to miss time.


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24 Responses to “Ellington’s PCL injury looks short-term”

  1. By chango666 on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Whewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww . . . .

  2. By Scott H on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Very good news on Ellington. I like where we are with the Johnson twins here to carry the load until he is better.

    Geez…just realizing that Palmer shredded his knee on our field last year. It’s a shame OUR field is claiming so many of OUR players. Makes ya wonder if the shoes / cleats our guys are wearing are the right choice?

  3. By Eric G on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    I heard that collective “Whew!” way over in Philly.

    Good news.

  4. By Marlin on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply


  5. By Richard S on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Rams – Seahawks game very entertaining. Both teams had punt returns for a TD. I hope Cards special teams are up to the challenge when we play them of not only counting the number of players on the field, but tackling their return man. It looks like the schedule is going to get a lot tougher than game 1.

  6. By rod on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Yeah, he’s going to be hampered all year again now.

    🙁 = me

  7. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Some questioned the signing of Chris Johnson.

    Looks like Keim scored there as Ellington is out 1-3 weeks.

    Too bad for AE as he had the burst and even power that he didn’t have last year. Hopefully he comes back 100%. With the two Johnson’s, no need to rush him back. Get 100%.

  8. By georgiebird on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Ellington is not a durable back. So even if he gets back in 3 weeks, then what? Ellington has to be used maybe 10-12 times a game and hope he stays healthy

  9. By Big Ken on Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

    Johnson and Johnson- Rip the bandage off!

  10. By clssylssy on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    Once again the NFC looks to be a really tough conference and the 9ers, despite their off season adversity and numerous changes are still going to be as much a challenge as ever! We are going to need this road win against the Bears so we can establish ourselves as a legit road team and give their neighbors something to worry about! Need to clean up the errors that gave the Saints their only TD in week one and continue working from their on a fast and aggressive game. So far so good but the really hard work is yet to come! GO CARDS!

  11. By joe 67 on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    Darren and all
    Got to see my first live Cards game live since 1987 in St. Louis. Season ticket holder there. Long way from Illinois to AZ.
    LOVED the area, the people, the Stadium is better even than I thought it would be. Came down with my two daughters, son-in-law niece and great nephew. We had a great time. EVERYONE we met went out of their way to be helpful and so nice. Good food Good Golf (TPC Scottsdale). So glad I got to do it. CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS. Can’t wait to come back (I hope). AND WE GOT A WIN!
    Luv you guys.

  12. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    Due to nature of injury and BA’s characterization, optimistic it won’t be chronic. Plus this:

    “The posterior cruciate ligament is located in the back of the knee. It is one of several ligaments that connect the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). The posterior cruciate ligament keeps the tibia from moving backwards too far.

    An injury to the posterior cruciate ligament requires a powerful force. A common cause of injury is a bent knee hitting a dashboard in a car accident or a football player falling on a knee that is bent.

    Grade 1 Sprains. The ligament is mildly damaged in a Grade 1 Sprain. It has been slightly stretched, but is still able to help keep the knee joint stable.”

    Good diagram here:

  13. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    Btw, heard repeatedly David Johnson first NFL touch (some even said 1st play), he scored. We all know he had a smokin’ 43 yd ko return, and had played earlier from scrimmage in game w/o a touch.

    Game Recap: 2 NFL touches, 98 all purpose yard, 49 yrd/touch! Lol, man I love that guy…star in making.

  14. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    PS: They kept calling Darren Fells “Daniel”, got suspicion they’ll figure that out…

  15. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply


    Agreed. I think AE is so talented, BA can’t help himself. He wants him on the field. But if you want him for the long term, we need to see more CJ and DJ and less AE.

    I would be more inclined to start CJ when AE is back and healthy. Bring AE in fresh and hit him with 10-12 touches.

    But did you see his burst. Watching live at the stadium, he can hit the hole fast. Tough break for the kid. Tough decision for BA .

  16. By TucsonTim on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    Didn’t take long to once again prove that AE is not an every down back. Things that make you go hmmmmm

  17. By Richard S on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    Good news. He’s the flash the Cards need. Yards/carry very impressive.

    RANK TEAM* RATING Win margin on neutral field Homefield 3 point advantage
    1 GBAY(1) 99.2 1.4 4.4
    2 DENVER(4) 97.86 3.02 0.02
    3 SEATTLE(2) 97.8 -1.4 -4.4
    4 NE(5) 97.36 4.44 1.44
    5 INDY(3) 96.68 9.26 12.26
    6 DALLAS(6) 95.62 0.36 -2.64
    7 BALT(8) 95.34 15.56 12.56
    8 PHIL(7) 95.26 -0.36 2.64
    9 KC(10) 94.84 -3.02 -0.02
    10 PITT(9) 94.64 7.92 10.92
    11 MIA(11) 93.58 12 9
    12 ARIZ.(13) 93.36 8.36 5.36
    13 CINCY(14) 93.02 4.5 7.5
    14 BUFF(15) 92.92 -4.44 -1.44
    15 NO(12) 92.04 12.46 15.46
    16 CAROLINA(17) 90.62 0.66 3.66
    17 HOUSTON(16) 89.96 -0.66 -3.66
    18 GIANTS(19) 89.78 1.44 4.44
    19 DETROIT(18) 89.08 4.2 1.2
    20 SD(20) 88.52 -4.5 -7.5
    21 ATL(21) 88.34 -1.44 -4.44
    22 RAMS(22) 88.2 4.78 1.78
    23 JETS(24) 87.42 -9.26 -12.26
    24 SANFRAN(25) 86.72 -7.92 -10.92
    25 CHICAGO(26) 85 -8.36 -5.36
    26 MINN(23) 84.88 -4.2 -1.2
    27 TENNESEE(31) 84.82 2.44 -0.56
    28 WASH(28) 83.42 -4.78 -1.78
    29 CLEVELAND(27) 82.38 -2.44 0.56
    30 JAX(30) 81.58 -12 -9
    31 OAK(32) 79.78 -15.56 -12.56
    32 TAMPA(29) 79.58 -12.46 -15.46
    WEEK 2 picks

    After week 1, 12/16 75.00%

    Translated from Excel somewhat jumbled, but the first number on the far left is the new order rating, the number in parenthesis (where ESPN ranked them in order on 8/31), the number after the parenthesis is new point rating and the last number on the right is the predicted point margin win or loss for week 2 with 3 point home field advantage factored in. Cards should be favored by 5.36 points. Denver favored to beat KC by 0.02 points. Could that mean overtime? Certainly should be a good game.

  18. By jaime on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    time to take the Bears to court!!! Playmaker offices of Johnson and Johnson…

  19. By jeffgollin on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    Hope we get Andre back soon, but let’s be smart. I hope steps will be taken to protect both knees and strengthen them.

  20. By Scott H on Sep 15, 2015 | Reply

    So glad CJ is here….SOOOO glad! If HE stays healthy ( which he HAS throughout his career ), he is a comeback of the year candidate in this offense.

    BUT as I say that, I am really hoping that DJ is the guy that emerges as the season goes on.

    And I agree with JTDG and his comments above – even when Ellington does return, he needs to be used in more of a rotation with these other guys. We can’t go right back to running the offense through him. If we don’t know by now that that just does NOT work, then we deserve what we get.

    But one guy we DO need to see more of is Darren Fells! Let’s ride this horse!

  21. By faster on Sep 16, 2015 | Reply

    “it could be one week, it could be three.”

    i hope the johnsons stay healthy, to let andre get a full recovery.

  22. By Scott H on Sep 16, 2015 | Reply

    Wed Before the Bears –

    I think Jay Cutler is always a mess waiting to happen, so I like the match-up based on that. But Forte is going to be a problem. Doesn’t matter if you stop him on the ground, he is so dangerous catching passes out of the backfield. Apparently, we gave up either the most or 2nd most passing yards to opposing RB’s last week. That does not set up well for a match-up with Forte.

    But overall, I think the Cardinals have too much offense for the Bears to match and they are clearly the better team. The Cardinals can pretty much only beat themselves on Sunday. Not that that CAN’T happen, but….I don’t think it will.

  23. By clssylssy on Sep 16, 2015 | Reply

    The Bears put up a pretty good fight against the Packers and if the Cards are going to win the division, MUST have this road win as the Rams will practically have a gimme game with the Redskins making them 2-0 and the Hawks will be facing the Packers at Lambaugh which could leave them at 0-2. After seeing the 9ers play in week 1, I’m taking them over the Steelers (unless they improved greatly) which would put the Rams and 9ers both ahead in the division. Every game is going to be critical with this division if we want to make the playoffs. The 9ers are now in the same position we were in last year wanting to be the first team to play a SB at home and so we have our work cut out.
    We have seen that a team doesn’t need an elite QB to win games, and Cutler and Forte + home game could add up to no slam dunk for the Cards even though they are favored. Cards HAVE to show they are as good on the road as when comfortable at home so no stupid errors this week. Come out Strong, Play Smart, Finish Victorious!

  24. By Walleye guy on Sep 18, 2015 | Reply

    Love my cards.jay cutler is going to eat turf.if he is not eating grass we will be pressuring him into at least 1pick six.three Palmer from cj.and another from our defense.35 to 17.GO CARDINALS.

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