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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Andre Ellington, Tyrann Mathieu

By on 9/07/2014 10:03:00 AM

Per Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, both starting running back Andre Ellington and corner back Tyrann Mathieu will be game-day decisions as the Cardinals take on the Chargers on Monday night.

The news was reported by Cardinals’ beat writer Darren Urban via twitter.

After Rashad Mendenhall officially retired from the game, Ellington has officially named the starter.

Last season, Ellington rushed for 652 yards and three touchdowns on a very modest 118 carries (5.5 yards per carry) with 371 yards and a touchdown on 39 receptions.

If Ellington is not able to go due to his foot injury, back-ups Johnathan Dwyer, Stepfan Taylor and Robert Hughes should be available to step in. According to the Cardinals, “Running back Andre Ellington (foot) practiced in a limited capacity Saturday and is listed as questionable for Monday’s game. Coach Bruce Arians said “there’s no doubt” the possibility remains for Ellington to suit up against the Chargers.”

With such a good season in 2013, Ellington’s role in this Cardinals rushing attack is huge. Having practiced on Saturday is promising, however Ellington is still questionable for Monday night’s game.

As for Tyrann Mathieu, he is also listed as questionable with a knee injury.

According to Cardinals’ writer Darren Urban, “the possibility of Tyrann Mathieu playing has seemingly been pushed to the background. I still think the Cardinals are going to err on the side of caution and keep him out for now, but Arians said again it’ll be a game-day thing.”

With the Cardinals last season, Mathieu was able to record 68 tackles, a sack, nine passes defended, two interceptions and a forced fumble. The Cardinals still have a stacked secondary, however Mathieu’s energetic play will most definitely be missed if he can’t go Monday against the Bolts.

The Cardinals do have adequate back-ups for both Ellington and Mathieu, but having their starting RB and CB would be a tremendous help against a good San Diego ball club.

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