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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Drew Stanton, Calais Campbell, Patrick Peterson, Troy Niklas

By on 10/07/2014 01:15:00 PM

The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Denver Broncos in Week 5, and they also came out of the game with injuries to multiple key players.

Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians called the chop block that injured Calais Campbell "the dirtiest play I've ever seen", and the defensive end is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy played against the Broncos, but he has been placed on injured reserve/designated to return with a knee issue of his own. He is expected to play again this season, but the earliest he can return is Week 14 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quarterback Drew Stanton suffered a concussion against Denver, which obviously has his status for Week 6 against the Washington Redskins up in the air. Rookie Logan Thomas could make his first NFL start on Sunday, but Carson Palmer (shoulder) may be able to return after missing the last three games.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson left last Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but he has suggested he'll be fine and the injury does not look like a major issue.

Rookie tight end Troy Niklas was carted off the field with an ankle injury of his own on Sunday. He has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, which makes him likely to miss a few games.

Punter Dave Zastudil reinjured his left groin against the Broncos, and since that is his kicking leg his status for Sunday's game is up in the air. Drew Butler punted in Arizona's first three games, and he will likely be activated from the practice squad if there is any doubt about Zastudil's status for Sunday.

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