Two key members of the Arizona Cardinals were absent at practice yesterday, as rookie running back Andre Ellington and second-year receiver Michael Floyd were out due to injuries. While Ellington’s status looks bleak after missing last week’s game, Floyd is fully expected to play in this week’s rivalry game against the St. Louis Rams. The Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers reports that Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians expects Floyd to practice today, and he also expects Floyd to play this week against the Rams.
As Arians explains, Floyd has to practice today in order to play on Sunday, and there’s honestly no chance of him being out this week. Floyd has been gutting out an AC sprain for a few weeks now, and this has been extremely impressive to see. You can bet the coaching staff has taken notice, and he’s putting up huge numbers despite the injury. I mean, you can only imagine how good he and the Cardinals offense would be if he were fully healthy, since he has receiving totals of 193, 104, and 99 in each of his past three games.
There is little doubt that Floyd will be playing on Sunday, but keep an eye out for today’s practice status just in case. We’ve seen stranger things than players surprisingly miss games, but I also believe that the Cardinals would make an exception and play Floyd even if he doesn’t practice today.