Arizona Cardinals Place Beanie Wells on IR, Can Return Later in Season

John DegrooteCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2016

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Running back Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Carindals defeated the Eagles 27-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Arizona Cardinals starting running back Chris "Beanie" Wells is heading to the injured reserve.

Wells suffered a severe turf toe injury Sunday against Philadelphia, and the running back was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list Wednesday by the Cardinals.

Wells had his first 1,000-yard rushing season last year, and found the end zone 10 times. In three games this season, Wells has only 76 yards on 29 carries, a 2.9-yard average

Due to the new IR rule, this may not be the last we see of Wells on the field this season. 2012 is the first season that the new IR rule is in place. Unlike the regular IR list, Wells will return this season, but only after he is on the list for at least six weeks. He is also unable to practice, and he cannot return to the active roster for at least eight weeks.

Wells can return to practice Nov. 7, and the first game he will be eligible for is on Nov. 25 at home against the Rams.

Beanie has been effective when on the field, but he has often been hampered by injury. However, the Ohio State product has missed very little time due to injury. Of the 53 (including playoffs) games the Cardinals have played since drafting Wells, he has only missed five before this latest injury.

The injury continues a string of bad luck for the Cardinals at the running back spot. Ryan Williams was expected to help Wells carry the load last season, but an injury in the preseason kept him out for the year.

Williams is expected to get the majority of the carries in Wells' absence. Williams has carried the ball 31 times for 105 yards and no touchdowns through three weeks.

Behind Williams on the depth chart are the quick LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell, who has not played in a game this season.