With Gresham, five offensive starters out for Colts

Posted by Darren Urban on September 17, 2017 – 8:30 am

Bruce Arians was just talking, going into the first game of the season, how the inactive list was going to have so many healthy scratches. That isn’t the issue anymore, unfortunately for the Cardinals. Tight end Jermaine Gresham, who didn’t practice all week after getting bodyslammed last week late in the game and hurting his ribs, won’t play. That means five offensive starters from the opener won’t play this week, including the now-on-IR running back David Johnson.

A quick look at the replacements in the lineup goes like this: Johnson will be replaced by Kerwynn Williams at running back. Mike Iupati will be replaced by Alex Boone at left guard. D.J. Humphries will be replaced by John Wetzel at left tackle. John Brown will be replaced by Jaron Brown at wide receiver. Gresham will be replaced by Ifeanyi Momah at tight end.

The full inactive list for the game against the Colts:

— G Mike Iupati (triceps)

— WR John Brown (quad)

— T D.J. Humphries (knee)

— QB Blaine Gabbert

— RB D.J. Foster

— LB Deone Bucannon (ankle)

— TE Jermaine Gresham (ribs)

On a good note, Johnson had successful wrist surgery, so step one of his process to come back has begun.

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30 Responses to “With Gresham, five offensive starters out for Colts”

  1. By Cliff on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    The cards need to take some pride and play. All these years with the exception of the warner years get tired of watching losers.

  2. By Cliff on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    3 and out again.

  3. By Scott H on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    FWIW, I had this thought earlier but never mentioned it. With the Colts having the QB situation they have, might THEY now be a potential trade partner for either Stanton or Gabbert? Don’t see why not. Gabbert is in-active today. That helps us more than a player who might be able to help us at a position of need, him not even in uniform?

    Then again, we’re already losing to the Colts, so…..maybe not.

    And then again, maybe Gabbert should be starting here at some point soon.

  4. By Scott H on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Now losing to the Colts 10-0. Ah, we’re just living the dream, aren’t we?

    Living a nightmare is more like it.

    Anyone want to tell me I gotta relax now???

  5. By Coach K on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    We are driving with huge runs by Chris Johnson, then we take him out and have to settle for a Field goal.

    Does BA understand you keep giving the ball the the hot runner?

    CJ2K is ripping the colts defense AND WE TAKE HIM OUT?

    Give me a break.

    Just had to post this before I return to my living room and continue screaming at the television.

    Cards look lethargic thus far

  6. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Johnson 3 rushes for 22, long of 11, plus an even longer gain wiped out by a penalty.

    Williams 8 rushes for 19, 2.4 average, long of 5.

    I hope CJ gets the load of the action in the second half. Kerwyn is not a feature back.

  7. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Twice we have the ball inside the 5 yard line, and one other time in IN territory, and we have 3 points.

  8. By creditcard on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    In two short games the Cards have gone from an obscure player, to being the leading candidate in the Darold Derby.

  9. By Scott H on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Our first possession of the 2nd half….did it even take us a full minute to go 3 and out?

    Nice 55-yard punt by Lee, though. Nice to see SOMEBODY doing a decent job….

    So….we cut CJ even as it clearly seemed a bad idea to do so. After Week One, he is right back on the roster and one half into his first game back, he clearly appears to be our most capable running back. Hey, score another one for the front office. Way to get it right.

    I’m not sure which was quicker – our first possession of the 2nd half or how long it took for it to be apparent that CJ WAS needed and IS our best RB.

  10. By creditcard on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Best QB on the team …. Carson Palmer

    Best Chance of winning a game … Blaine Gabbert.

    Why? The Cards offensive line is arguably the worse line in the NFL, and by far. Plus, Palmer is by far the least mobile QB in the NFL. Add these two facts together and you get a disaster.

    Based on the athletic prowess of the Card offensive line, I seriously don’t think Carson Palmer will make it to the bye week — he’ll be hospitalized by then.

  11. By creditcard on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Oldest and worse team in the NFL = 2025 before the next winning season.

  12. By Scott H on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    So, now into the 4th quarter of what appears to be a loss. The Colts are on the verge of making this AT LEAST a two score game….maybe more.

    Our offense has done nothing against a bad defense.

    Our defense has not been able to stop a back-up QB.

    Across the NFL this week, we are one the flattest and least competitive teams playing in the early games.

    But, hey, our punter looks good, huh? But with this pathetic offense, we’ll be wearing out that leg real fast.

  13. By creditcard on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Game. 4th quarter and the Colts are up by 10. Cards have to face that vaulted Colt defense and score 2 TDs in order to win. Not happening with our offensive line.

  14. By creditcard on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Let me see ….

    Dansby was a situational player on the Browns, of which the Browns were the worse team last year.

    Bethea was injured last year, but also rode the bench for the 49ers ; and the 49ers were the 2nd to the worse team in the NFL.

    Now, both Dansby and Bethea are cornerstones of the Cards defense.

    Jim Dray was called out of retirement, no other team has interest in him. Then we have the worse O-line in the league.

    Thank God we addressed the punting situation.

  15. By faster on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    relax, lol. we have a kicker, at least, and that should be enough to be competitive.

  16. By creditcard on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    I figured out that there is only two things wrong with the Cardinal offensive line:

    1. They are all slow

    2. They are all weak

  17. By faster on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    please, no turnover now ….

  18. By creditcard on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Dawson is actually making the Catman look decent. Dawson is kicking behind the Cards’ O-line … yikes.

  19. By Crash21 on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Well, we won, but that was awful.

  20. By creditcard on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Nice comeback by the Cards. Cards should have won this w/o the aid of overtime. Unless the Cards can immediately fix the O-line, we are in a battle in the Darold Derby.

    Next week is Dallas, which has a good defense front line. I still think to play Gabbert (because he is mobile), until the issues of the O-line is completely fixed. After the O-line gets their act together, then insert Palmer. Palmer was sacked 4 times, had umpteen hits and hurries —- he will not last half way through the season taking this type of beating.

  21. By Scott H on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    OK, a win. Nice. Nice only in that a win is better than a loss. But it looked like a loss for more than 3 quarters against a team you had no business losing to. It should not have been that hard.

    And, let’s be honest, you aren’t winning many games playing like you did today. So, this team has yet to play as well as they need to for them to be taken seriously.

    Jake Plummer once said “we’re a heck of an offense in the 4th quarter down by 20.” Obviously, his point was that you can’t wait until you’re buried late in the game to start playing. That doesn’t work. No, it wasn’t THAT bad today, but Plummer’s words are quite relevant right now. This offense was as flat as flat could be for most of this game, then suddenly, they found it and they were moving the ball at will. HOW does that happen?? It shouldn’t.

    Let’s hope the offense they found today carries over into the FIRST quarter next week. They’re gonna need more than 10 minutes in the 4th quarter to beat the Cowboys.

    And Phil Dawson…two misses in two weeks? Didn’t we bring him here to solve that problem?? I’m not feeling the confidence in him I was hoping for.

  22. By creditcard on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Best running back is for the Cards is CJ. Coaches should have CJ practice with the 1’s, and get more carries moving forward. CJ’s running could help reduce the blistering pass rush. CJ is a savvy pro, and will be able to make the Cards rushing attack become decent.

  23. By TucsonTim on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Didn’t you just know that that 4th and goal was going to come back and bite the Cards.

    A bad decision made even worse by a terrible play call. BA you’re not smarter than Madden. There are 12 year old children who know you ALWAYS put the points on the board in that situation.

    Just one more reason this team is doomed.

    The Cardinals have joined the Browns, Colts, Jets and Bengals in a league of their own.

  24. By D on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    One bad Oline.
    Defense line missing a playmaker.
    A QB in his 3rd ever start in NFL, who just got to his team 2 weeks ago
    Almost beat you.
    Questionable play calling.
    Overall an old and slow team.
    May win enough games to miss out on a top 5 QB draft pick.

    At least they have D. Urban managing the team blog.

  25. By Coach K on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply


    It’s obvious Palmer is missing his weapons. His insecurity is clear to see without John Brown, David Johnson and Gresham. It seems like he doesn’t know who to trust. Hopefully the timing will improve when everyone is on the same page.

    Cardinals need to have a bell cow as their main running focus. That Bell Cow is Chris Johnson. He is the only running back we have that understands how and when to cut up into a hole and keep his knees high. Our other backs like to scoot and are easily tripped up on arm tackles.

    Kerwyn and Ellington should never be the feature running backs. They are multipurpose scat backs at best. CJ2K needs to carry the load as our main running back. He is the type that gets better the more carries he gets. You will notice CJ2K NEVER goes down with an arm tackle. He keeps his feet moving.

    Finally, Starting with next years draft, the cardinals must agree to NEVER, EVER draft any offensive lineman under 6’4″ again with short arms. It’s painful watching our center and right guard get whipped at the line.

    Next year’s draft, Quarterback, Receiver, Tackle, Guard, Center, Guard, Center.

    Even though our interior defensive line gets no penetration, our ends do a good job providing pressure.

    I could dump on Palmer here, but like I said before, he simply does not have enough weapons so I give him a pass this week.

    CJ2K needs to be made starting RB and needs to carry the load. Period. End of discussion.

  26. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Tucson Tim:

    Re: Play-calling

    I also thought that was a ridiculous play-call on 4th and 1. Just loft it up and hope Fitz makes a nearly impossible catch?

    But even worse were the plays after getting the ball with under 2 minutes and just needing a score to win. First play, we hit Golden over the middle for a nice gain. OK, good start. But then on first down, Palmer lofts a ball in the general direction of a well-covered Fitz, 20 yards down the left sideline — completely uncatchable. 2nd on 10, Palmer lots a ball in the general direction of a well-covered Jaron Brown, 20 yards down the right sideline and so far over everyone’s head that only a pole vaulter could have caught the ball.

    So we waste 2 downs without gaining a yard. But that’s not the best part. The best part is that on 3rd and 10, now we try a play where we throw it to Golden 5 yards downfield in the middle of the field, with Colts everywhere waiting to tackle him. It was behind him anyway and so incomplete, but even if he catches it, no first down. What’s the point of running that play on 3rd and 10?

    THAT’S the play you run on FIRST down to try to get a few yards. For some reason, we don’t understand that. I get the idea of “chunk” plays but in that situation, you want to make sure you keep getting first downs and put yourself in position for a GW FG.

    We were fortunate that our D showed up and stopped the Colts and we got another shot. Of course, Dawson missed the FG. The veteran kicker whom we picked up precisely because he’s supposed to make that pressure kick… is no better than Catanzaro.

  27. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    Wow, could you imagine being a Chargers’ fan? Last week, tying FG blocked; this week, winning FG missed.

  28. By TucsonTim on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    There are serious front office/coaching issues when you cut CJ and then in the 3rd game of the season he is the starter. Unless there is another stupid decision to start the least capable RB on the team.

    Waiting for the grades but I’d say Boone had the best day on the O-line and that is pathetic as he can’t even possibly know the plays.

    When Niklas wasn’t holding he was a turn style.

    First two games on the road we have won the toss and put the offense on the field Just like last year, it is failing miserably.

  29. By Scott H on Sep 18, 2017 | Reply


    I hear ya, man. See the after-math blog for my comments on the same scenario you are commenting on, when we had 1st and 10 on the Colts side of the 50, with 1:44 left, and we call two long passes on 1st and 2nd down. That is NOT what you do there. We end up giving the ball back and against a better team, it probably costs you.

    Seriously, playing as we did today, how many teams could we have beaten? Three? Maybe Four? We were lucky we drew one of them.

  30. By clssylssy on Sep 19, 2017 | Reply

    Listening to The Big Red Rage it was pointed out that Palmer isn’t comfortable behind his Oline & how badly Veldeer struggled on the right side, allowing Palmer to get sacked right off the bat. I had to laugh bc who, in their right mind would be comfortable & at the top of their game put in this situation. They went on to say Palmer was sacked more than any other QB in the league last year and our FO/HC are throwing shade?! Seem like the best thing would have been to leave Veldeer in his old position & spend a few bucks on a quality R
    It’s no doubt obvious to everybody including the Cowboys that Palmer is alone & vulnerable for easy pickings so I hope for CP’s sake, BA is able to come up with something different & inspired that they won’t be expecting–like adapting to the situation & mixing things up. Gonna need all hands on deck,awake,& hungry (including the coaching staff). And Phil Dawson needs to exorcise the ghosts. If he thinks we are a tough crowd, he’d never survive KC fans!

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