Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9
Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com provides an update on Michael Floyd's injury:
Floyd out 6 to 10 days with groin injury. Ginn a few days.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 10, 2014
ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reported that Floyd will sit out the contest, along with another Cardinals wide receiver:
WRs Michael Floyd (groin) and Ted Ginn (knee) are out tonight, along with S Tyrann Mathieu, C Lyle Sendlein and NT Alameda Ta'amu.— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) August 9, 2014
Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com noted that a groin issue appears to be the culprit:
Floyd burst onto the scene last season as an NFL sophomore, racking up 65 receptions for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. The 6'3", 220-pound wideout's emergence as a formidable threat was a huge boost for quarterback Carson Palmer, who came to the Cardinals in 2013 after two so-so years with the Oakland Raiders.
Groin injuries can be quite troublesome for wide receivers, especially ones like Floyd who pride themselves on physical play downfield.
Floyd has been adamant this offseason about the need to stay aggressive and win battles against cornerbacks.
"If I know I should get a play or get a catch somehow and they defend me in a certain way, it builds a certain energy in me that tells me I’ve got to go back out there and I’ve got to win this,” Floyd said, via Urban. “Carson (Palmer) believes in me that I have to win every single time. I believe that in myself too."
Floyd will be crucial to the Cardinals' success in a very tough NFC West division. The team went 10-6 last season and narrowly missed out on a trip to the playoffs.
The rival Seattle Seahawks boast the best pass defense in the league, and the team will be counting on another big season out of Floyd so that opponents like the Seahawks can't hone in on Larry Fitzgerald and limit Palmer's options.