So I picked the Arizona Cardinals to nab a Wild Card spot out of the NFC heading into this season, and that’s…not looking so hot at the moment, you guys. They’ve already lost both Darnell Dockett (injury) and Daryl Washington (all of the drugs) for the season, and now, the status of RB Andre Ellington is looking doubtful.
According to Mike Jurecki of KGME-AM in Phoenix, the Cards’ young running back is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured foot and could miss between 4-6 weeks. Ellington burst onto the scene last year as a rookie when he rushed for over five yards-per-carry and caught another 39 passes for 371 yards. He’s a bit of a scat-back at just 5’9″, but he showed tremendous big-play ability and many had him tabbed for a huge season coming into year two.
If he’s on the shelf for a significant period of time, it leaves Arizona with the likes of Jonathan Dwyer, Stepfan Taylor and Robert Hughes (a fullback!) in the backfield. That’s…not pretty. I’m pretty sure there’s more collective footspeed at the local retirement home than in that Ellington-less group. Yikes, Cardinals.
This (obviously) may also be a blow to Ellington’s fantasy football owners, especially given the relative paucity of reliable running backs in the league these days. Taylor is listed as the No. 2 back behind Ellington on the Cardinals’ official depth chart, so take that for what it’s worth. Taylor ran for a whopping 3.2 yards-per-carry in limited work as a rookie last year, while Dwyer is a Steelers castoff that surely fantasy owners are familiar with (SPARE) by now. I’d expect Arizona to scour the waiver wire for potential help if Ellington misses time, but it seems doubtful that there’s anyone capable just sitting out there, unemployed.
Foot injuries are annoying, and they tend to linger. If you own Ellington you definitely shouldn’t be dropping him, because this doesn’t seem to be the type of thing that will keep him out for the year or anything. In lieu of dropping him, I suggest going to your local Barnes & Nobel Cafe and sobbing lightly in the corner for a while. But if you need help figuring out who to start in his place on your team, hit me up on Twitter or use My Playbook.