Andre Ellington Injury: Updates on Cardinals RB's Toe and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Arizona Cardinals running back (38) Andre Ellington tries to get away from Oakland Raiders defensive tackle (93) Rickey Lumpkin during a preseason game played at O.co Coliseum in Oakland on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/John Cordes)
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Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington has been out of the lineup since being diagnosed with a sprained toe and turf toe suffered against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. However, he is ready to play.

Continue for updates.

Ellington Active for Week 16

Sunday, Dec. 27

Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website announced Ellington is available for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Ellington Struggling to Shake Injury Bug

Ellington, 26, had five carries for 24 yards and three catches for 22 yards before exiting in Week 12. He has rushed for 247 yards on 36 carries this season.

In his third season out of Clemson, Ellington's career has been mired in injuries. He missed four games in 2014 and was less than 100 percent for many more because of foot and hip ailments. The result was a disappointing 660-yard campaign that paled in comparison to the promise he showed as a rookie.

Unfortunately, it didn't take long for Ellington to go down again. He suffered a sprained PCL in Week 1's win over the New Orleans Saints and missed three contests. Chris Johnson took over the workload with Ellington out and has been surprisingly effective. 

“He’s still got it, I’ll tell you that,” quarterback Carson Palmer said of Johnson in October, per Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official website. “That defense notices it. Every defense that we line up against knows when he’s in the backfield and when he’s not. Just a great player. For a while, he was one of the most dominant players in the NFL and he can still dominate a game like he did today.”

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