Cardinals Rumors

Cardinals Place Toth On NFI; Activate P2

Patrick Peterson is back with the Cardinals following his suspension. In order to make room for him, the club has placed offensive lineman Brett Toth on the non-football injury list. 

[RELATED: Cardinals Won’t Trade Peterson]

The P2 saga in Arizona has been a long and complicated one. Peterson has clashed with team officials numerous times over the years and the big-money extension he received hasn’t truly pacified things. Then, this year, he was hit with a six-game suspension for PEDs. He’s back now and – if GM Steve Keim is to be believed – he’ll be staying put, even after the NFL’s trade deadline.

Toth, meanwhile, joined the Cardinals after being claimed off waivers from the Eagles in early September. He only recently received permission from the Army to join the NFL, but he’ll have to put his pro dreams on hold once again as he deals with an unknown illness.

Despite the chaos, Peterson remains one of the best in the game at the cornerback position. He finished 2018 with 54 stops, five passes defended, and two interceptions. For his work last year, Pro Football Focus ranked the eight-time Pro Bowler No. 5 out of 112 eligible CBs. Peterson is under club control through the 2020 campaign thanks to the five-year, $70MM+ extension he signed with the club back in 2014.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Injury Updates: Packers, Adams, Cardinals

No surprise here, but Davante Adams will miss another game this week, per the Packers‘ final injury report. This marks the wide receiver’s third-straight missed contest as he rehabs from a toe ailment.

Adams had a strong start to the season with 25 receptions for 378 yards before going down and seemed on his way to matching last year’s 111/1,386 posting. The Packers were able to get past the Lions without him and they’ll aim to do the same against the Raiders.

Here’s the latest on other bumps and bruises from around the NFL:

  • Uh oh – Cardinals running back David Johnson is dealing with a new injury. After tweaking his back against Atlanta, Johnson will be a game time decision thanks to a sore ankle, head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters.
  • The Cowboys will have offensive tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins, wide receivers Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb, and cornerback Byron Jones are set to play on Sunday against the Eagles, as Todd Archer of ESPN.com tweets. All five are listed as questionable for the game, but they took the practice field and Friday and should be good to go.
  • The Eagles, on the other hand, will try to fly without: linebacker Nigel Bradham (ankle), wide receiver DeSean Jackson (abdomen), defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (foot), cornerback Avonte Maddox (concussion/neck), tackle Jason Peters (knee), and running back Darren Sproles (quadricep).
  • Wide receiver Kenny Stills is set to return on Sunday against the Colts, per the club’s injury report.

Cardinals Won’t Trade Patrick Peterson

The Cardinals will not trade Patrick Peterson. At least, according to GM Steve Keim

We are not trading Patrick Peterson,” Keim said (via Kevin Zimmerman of AZ Sports). “Why trade a player in his prime at one of the hardest positions to find for a maybe or a couple maybes? Love what Pat brings to the locker room, love what he brings to the field.”

Keim appears to be referencing the Jaguars, who recently traded Jalen Ramsey to the Rams for draft capital. Opinions are split on the Jaguars’ decision, but most at least feel that the Jaguars made the best of a rocky situation with their star cornerback.

The Cardinals’ relationship with Peterson has been roughly as rocky. Peterson has clashed on numerous occasions with team brass and his PED suspension this year did not help matters.

Keim might be telling the truth, but he might also be preserving leverage. We’ll find out soon enough – the NFL’s trade deadline is just around the corner.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

NFL Players Returning From IR/PUP

Now that we’re approaching the midway point of the regular season, players on various injury lists are now able to begin to return to practice and, eventually, return to game action. Here’s the list of players coming back to practice this week while on injured reserve or physically unable to perform list, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets:

Players on the PUP list are only required to miss six weeks of the regular season, so every player listed above with the exception of Sternberger could technically be activated this weekend. Sternberger has officially been designated as one of Green Bay’s IR/return players, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Because he was originally placed on IR, Sternberger — a third-round rookie — will be absent for at least two more weeks.

Trade Rumors: Williams, P2, OBJ

With the trade deadline coming up at the end of the month, and with NFL general managers expecting an active trade season, let’s round up a few of the biggest trade rumors floating around this morning:

  • Multiple teams have inquired about the availability of Jets DE Leonard Williams, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. New York is reportedly not interested in dealing Williams, who is in the last year of his rookie contract, at this time, but that could change. Indeed, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv says multiple sources expect GM Joe Douglas to be extremely active over the next few weeks. Schefter suggests that a third- and fifth-round draft choice may be what it takes for an interested club to land Williams, and Kelechi Osemele, Trumaine Johnson, and even Le’Veon Bell could also be on the move (though the last we heard, there were no trade talks surrounding Bell).
  • In recent weeks, the Cardinals have gotten calls from at least three teams interested in trading for cornerback Patrick Peterson, per Schefter. Peterson is currently serving a six-game ban for violating the league’s PED policy, but we heard several weeks ago that Arizona has no interest in dealing him. According to Schefter, that stance has not changed, as the Cardinals have turned away all potential suitors.
  • Although you won’t find it on PFR, there was apparently a report this past week suggesting that the Browns were listening to offers for receiver Odell Beckham Jr. However, Cleveland GM John Dorsey called that report “fake news,” per Schefter. Dorsey said he has not taken any trade calls on OBJ and has no interest in doing so.
  • If the Bills beat the Dolphins next week to improve to 5-1, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic expects Buffalo GM Brandon Beane to work the phones in search of a wide receiver, defensive tackle, and/or offensive lineman.

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/12/19

Just one practice squad move to report here on a quiet Saturday night:

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Chachere is a 2018 UDFA from San Jose State who briefly spent some time on Detroit’s active roster last year. Jones is a 2018 UDFA from Nebraska who has been on and off Arizona’s practice squad the past two years. He earned some real playing time earlier this season, and started the team’s Week 3 loss to the Panthers. He was waived this past week, but has quickly been re-signed to the practice squad.

David Johnson Iffy For Week 6

  • While Gurley may miss Week 6, David Johnson is also in danger of a Sunday absence. The Cardinals running back is dealing with a back injury and has missed two practices this week. A 2018 fourth-round pick out of Fordham, Chase Edmonds will start if Johnson cannot go. Johnson has not missed a game since a wrist injury sidelined him for 15 2017 contests.

NFL Workout Updates: 10/9/19

Here are Wednesday’s updates from the workout circuit. Unless otherwise noted, all links go to the Twitter account of the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/8/19

Here are today’s practice squad updates:

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