The Arizona Cardinals were able to get by the Tennessee Titans in overtime, and big thanks goes to rookie running back Andre Ellington, who continues to impress. Ellington racked up 71 rushing yards on ten carries and an insane 87 receiving yards on just four receptions to help spearhead the victory with his electrifying play, and that game could have easily ended up being a loss for the Cardinals due to injuries to Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer.
Ellington also suffered an injury yesterday, but at least it doesn’t seem like it’s as significant as the injuries Fitzgerald and Palmer suffered. According to Cardinals official site beat writer Kyle Odegard, Ellington stated that the thigh injury he suffered in yesterday’s win isn’t serious.
We need that sort of statement from Ellington, because the thigh injury was serious enough that the Cardinals decided to sit him out during overtime. He should be able to play in next week’s game against the rival Seattle Seahawks, especially since the Cardinals desperately need him to be healthy. That combined with Ellington’s downplay of the injury indicates that he will most likely be out there in Week 16.
Ellington has been one of the most impressive rookies this season, and his ability to change the game with his agility and speed is just outstanding. He is quickly becoming one of the game’s best all-purpose backs, and it’s a real joy to watch him take over games; he was the main reason why the Cardinals prevailed yesterday. But with more nicks and bruises like the ones he suffered yesterday, it will be more difficult for the Cardinals to finally decide to give him the feature back role.