Updates from Monday, Sept. 15
Bruce Arians updated Andre Ellington's status on Monday (via Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona):
#AZCardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is still dealing with pain in foot; hoping he'll practice on Thursday with Wed. off.— Craig Morgan (@cmorganfoxaz) September 15, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14
Mark Dalton, Cardinals VP of media relations, confirms Andre Ellington is active:
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, listed as questionable with foot injury, is expected to play, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 14, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 12
Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com provides an update on Andre Ellington's status:
RB Andre Ellington was limited today and will be a game-day decision like last week. Rucker, Okafor won't play.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 12, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Sept. 11
Kyle Odegard of AZCardinals.com provides an update on Andre Ellington's injury:
Running back Andre Ellington (foot) wore a boot and did not practice Wednesday, which had been the plan previously. Arians is encouraged with his progress and Ellington may practice Thursday.
“A lot less sore than he thought he was going to be,” Arians said. “It’s much better than we hoped.
Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 9
Darren Urban of AZ Cardinals.com reports on Andre Ellington's status a day after playing in Week 1:
Ellington in a boot, trying to get foot "calmed down" and will try to practice again this week.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 9, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 8
Andre Ellington had 13 carries for 53 yards and added five receptions for 27 yards in the Cardinals 18-17 win against the Chargers. After the game ESPN's Josh Weinfuss provided an update on his health:
Andre Ellington said his left foot is more sore than in pain.— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) September 9, 2014
#Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is playing tonight.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2014
Bleacher Report's injury expert Will Carroll provided his thoughts on what it means now that Ellington is officially active:
Ellington active. Means he's comfortable with foot. Comfortable with maintenance. Can't use painkillers much on foot either.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) September 9, 2014
Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 previously updated Andre Ellington's status before Monday night's game:
IF Ellington isn't able to go, a couple of players who could be more involved in the passing game WR's John Brown & Ted Ginn Jr. #SDvsAZ— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) September 8, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7
Ross Jones of FoxSports.com provides a synopsis of Fox Sports' Jay Glazer discussing Andre Ellington's injury status:
Detail on Andre Ellington's injury, per @JayGlazer. Injury is to the peroneus longus. Could shoot up and play, but will be limited.— Ross Jones (@RossJonesFOX) September 7, 2014
Will Carroll of Bleacher Report also broke down the latest on Ellington's injured foot:
Updates from Saturday, Sept. 6
Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona notes Andre Ellington's status for Sunday:
Andre Ellington will be game time decision.— Craig Morgan (@cmorganfoxaz) September 6, 2014
Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports has more on the Cardinals running back:
Andre Ellington in uni, w/helmet during open portion of practice. All media saw were special teams, so he didn't do much. #AZCardinals— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 6, 2014
Arians optimistic Ellington will play. Says game time decision. Limited in practice on Saturday— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 6, 2014
Okafor is out. Ellington, Mathieu, Zastudil, questionable. cooper, Fitz, Minter, Rucker, probable.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 6, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer has initial word on the severity:
First prognosis on RB Andre Ellington is that foot injury is muscle injury. Still waiting MRI results and foot specialist— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 5, 2014
FOX Sports' Mike Jureci talks potential timeline:
As for Andre Ellington time frame a lot will depend the how quickly he heals, could be 4-6 weeks or longer depending on further prognosis.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) September 5, 2014
ESPN's Josh Weinfuss has more:
A source tells ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Ellington was to be examined by a local foot specialist on Friday.
Fox Sports' Mike Jurecki also has an update on Andre Ellington, and the news isn't good:
Update; Andre Ellington aggravated his left foot in practice on Thursday, underwent an MRI, hearing he could be out extended period of time.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) September 5, 2014
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has more detail:
On #Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot), who had an MRI last night: First prescription is rest. He’s hopeful. Still a chance he plays on MNF— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2014
Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was limited in practice Thursday with a foot injury.
AZCentral's Kent Somers had the report:
#azcardinals inj. report: Andre Ellington (foot) was limited. That's a surprise. OLB Alex Okafor (thigh), DNP. Everyone else full.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 4, 2014
Bleacher Report's Will Carroll added his take on the injury:
Due to Ellington's smaller stature—he's listed at 5'9" and 199 pounds—the Cardinals brass was careful to limit his touches during his rookie season. He still made his mark, however, rushing 118 times for 652 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, while also catching 39 passes for another 371 yards and a score.
Coming into the 2014 season, there were hints that head coach Bruce Arians was going to dramatically increase Ellington's workload, including utilizing him as a wide receiver with more regularity. He even went so far as to say the following to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com:
Arians said RB Andre Ellington has added 10 pounds already. "We want to build our offense around him." #CardsCombine— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) February 21, 2014
Now, however, Arizona has to question how much of the load Ellington can shoulder going forward.
The Cardinals will need to monitor his usage closely. Given Ellington's dynamic skills in the passing game and his playmaking ability when he has the ball in his hands, one would expect Arizona to tip his usage even more heavily toward the receiving part of his game rather than pounding him between the tackles.
The last thing the Cardinals need is for Ellington to spend more time on the sidelines than on the field moving forward. For now, it will be interesting to see how the offense moves forward if Ellington is on the shelf.