Keim: MRIs pending, but hoping RBs day-to-day

Posted by Darren Urban on November 30, 2015 – 8:12 am

Nothing certain yet on the injuries to running backs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington, but General Manager Steve Keim said Monday during his appearance on “Doug and Wolf” on Arizona Sports 98.7 that Johnson (bone bruise on his left knee) and Ellington (toe on right foot) both are believed to be day-to-day for now. Both are awaiting MRI results.

As for Sunday’s win, Keim was, not surprisingly, filled with mixed emotions. He noted a phone call he got from close friend/former co-worker/current Bucaneers GM Jason Licht, who told him when watching film of a victory not to be mad just appreciative of a win. Keim said it was good advice. Nevertheless, after watching the 49ers game, Keim acknowledged he was “a little frustrated” and has a page full of notes that “aren’t very good.”

“But a win is a win,” Keim said. “Sometimes, there are letdowns, unfortunately.”

— Keim wouldn’t say the Cardinals got beat up physically up front by the 49ers defensive line. There were times when the Cards were physically beat for sure. Mostly though, Keim said the issues were fundamental, mistakes in passing off blocks on stunts and twists, getting the face across numbers, weakness in getting off combo blocks into the second level that often create the run lanes. It echoed Bruce Arians’ comments after the game that it was about mental lapses on the blocking more than physical.

— Asked about Patrick Peterson’s move to bring in the defense today for film work despite Arians giving the players a Victory Monday off, Keim noted how Peterson has grown into a leader. It doesn’t hurt that Peterson is playing (easily, in my opinion) the best football of his career. Keim: “I don’t know if there is a corner playing better football than Pat right now.”

— There were times when QB Carson Palmer looked a little rattled Sunday. Keim said Palmer can’t be expected to play perfect football every game. “I think Carson would tell you not one of his better games, but he made some huge plays,” Keim added.

— Not a great day for punter Drew Butler or kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who for a second time missed a point-after that could have cost the Cardinals big. Keim noted that the Cards had already brought in other punters and kickers for workouts recently.

“Since then (Butler and Catanzaro) have kicked pretty well,” Keim said. “Sunday, no question that was a concern.”

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14 Responses to “Keim: MRIs pending, but hoping RBs day-to-day”

  1. By D on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    I am more worried about Powers. The depth at CB is not as deep as RB, at least D. Johnson, Taylor and K. Williams should be able to give Dre and Chris a week or two to rest for the stretch run. The good thing is that AZ plays MN, GB and Seattle all at home whom they have to beat for playoff implications…

  2. By 'ZonaFan89 on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Drew Butler. How on earth is this guy still on our team, let along playing in the NFL? He wouldn’t even crack the starting JV lineup at the local high school. The way the game was going yesterday I was waiting for Butler to have a punt blocked and returned for the game-losing TD at the end. Thankfully we got a first down to close it out though…

  3. By Scott H on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Not a great day for Butler? Yesterday, there was a concern? Really? Haven’t some of us been expressing concerns for Butler for quite a while now??

    Look, he’s had some OK games and he’s had some games where he was definitely NOT OK. Overall? He has given little to no indication that he is going to get any better than what he has been. And what he has been is barely average for an NFL punter.

    I’m nervous every time he is back there because I’m just waiting for the next block. Because given the track record, it seems more a matter of WHEN then IF.

    This is no small concern. A weak punter is a liability that can cost you a game at any time. And I think we have a pretty weak punter, I gotta be honest.

  4. By DTL on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    9-2: nice to see you again.

    Never thought Cards lost momentum; never thought C. Palmer was rattled. Seemed like expected slug it out road game. Thought too often SF LBs went unblocked b/c of “tandem” double teams by Cards. Seems “in game” or half time adjustments might/should have been made, maybe they were?

    Seemed like Ellington and the Rook had more 4-6 yard runs, CJ more 1-3…maybe run game actually got a bit better as game went on?

    Each of remaining games have more than just the W at stake. Love December football. Recall last year BA insightful comments: a team has trouble climbing over double digit wins, has to get thru that ceiling, to 12, 14 by monumental mental effort. Cards get another chance this year to see if they can set that precedent for this org. My Bet is C. Palmer wont dissappoint…man, big games a comin’… DTL

  5. By Craig on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    I thought Catman was kicking great from the right hash mark and then moved back to the middle and missed a point after. What gives? Why not stay at the right hash mark when it’s working so well?

  6. By DTL on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Surprising tidbit: Cards 1st in Scoring, 1st yds/per game but also 2nd least penalized Offense, 531 yds. Least penalized? SF, 510…

  7. By Dr. G. on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    PP a leader…? He is out-of-order by trying to VETO and override the HEAD COACH decision to take Monday off. This is not leadership; it is an effort to talk smack when he has as much to work on as anyone. Leadership is what Tyrann Mathieu exhibits…shut up and perform. The players will unwittingly ignore PP’s little rants. He wants to be the prodigal son who is finally ready.

    The team needs a day to chill and heal. PP – yeah, never been one of my fav’s… He has taken a couple years off in my opinion instead of being the player we thought he was 5 years ago…and TOO MUCH $$$ not earned. So Keim says he is finally getting it together…$$$

  8. By Darren Urban on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Peterson

    Wow, you are so far off the rails here.

    But I’m sure you’ll enjoy my story later today. >>>

  9. By William Barry on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Our win yesterday, was not pretty, but good teams find ways to win; JJ Nelson’s catch in the 4th made a spectacular catch on the one yard line…..

    Dr. G.’s comment is off the mark, PP has played rock solid this year….he shut down Green for Cincy, and over the season, he always covers the “star” WR…

    Good win; don’t let those pesky Rams win….they play dirty and past the whistle…

  10. By CardsLifer on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Dr. G gets the award for dumbest post of the day. Congratulations!

  11. By Scott H on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    A sobering take on yesterday – this was not a game where we played ugly but good enough to win. This was a game we should have lost- and WOULD have lost without the flags against San Fran that kept our only scoring drives of the day on life support. The flags against San Fran were THE story of the game. Period. The 49ers beat themselves. The Cardinals sure as hell didn’t. And apparently, the refs helped as well because I am hearing from so many places ( including some die-hard Cards fans here on the blog ) that some of the calls ( like roughing the passer on a sack of Palmer, one of the calls that sustained the drive where we got the winning TD ) were absolutely ridiculous.

    This was just plain ugly. Right now, I feel like I need to see this team play again ASAP because I feel like I need to see that the team that beat Seattle and Cincy the way they did is still there.

    And with the injuries that are starting to pile up….they may NOT be the same team that won those games the next time they take the field.

    They better get their focus back. They need to take the field in St Loo angry, with redemption and a determination to destroy in mind. They don’t need to just win. They need to control the game from start to finish.

  12. By DTL on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    So, PP… what we dont know: did he discuss it with Bettch first? Dunno, maybe. Did he discuss it with his teamates first? Dunno but would bet he did… fwiw, what do I know, imho….wag…

    Bigger issue, loss of CJ2K maybe for year… love CJ, damnation. Rook better not fumble, no doubt he can carry the rock…


  13. By georgiebird on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    Will comment on this more on a later post. PP’s effort to help the Cardinals’ defense “fix” its problems is a noble one. But here’s the problem and it has existed since the 1960’s when Larry Wilson, Jerry Stovall and Mark Arneson tried to blitz the QB and usually came up a step short.
    My comment to James Bettcher is as follows: Don’t blitz guys who have no talent as blitzers. I watch in disbelief as the Cardinals blitz guys like Minter who have a better chance of falling over themselves then they have in getting the sack.
    And thus the confusion in the defensive backfield when the QB still has time to throw.
    When the blitz fails to even put pressure on the QB, the defensive backfield will usually be exposed AND confused.

  14. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 2, 2015 | Reply

    I like the leadership, but one can also ask, why wasn’t PP calling for extra practice when HE wasn’t playing well last year?

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