Questions have always remained regarding Ellington’s durability as the sub-200 lb. back looked to take on an every-down role for the Cardinals in 2014. The retirement of Rashard Mendenhall after the 2013 season combined with the Ellington’s dynamic seemed to suggest that he would, indeed, find himself alone atop the depth chart at running back. But even as his draft prospects rose this past off-season, the whispers of durability remained audible.
As the Seahawks and Packers battled it out in the Emerald City to open the season, word began spreading of Ellington’s MRI due to a “reaggravation” of a foot injury. As it turns out, Ellington had been experiencing discomfort throughout the week and during Thursday’s practice experienced further pain, following which the MRI was ordered.
With test results not yet public, we would caution fantasy owners to not leap to any conclusions but prepare accordingly. Some reports are already speculating that Ellington could miss an “extended period of time” due to the ailment but until we here more on Friday, we would assume nothing.
Should A&E miss any time, the underwhelming Jonathan Dwyer should carry the load with the equally unstimulating Stepfan Taylor backing him up. Both players should be rostered but expectations should be tempered. Any missed time will have a significant impact on the entire Cardinal offense.
We will continue to keep you updated as news emerges and give you our view as to the impact on the players around him.
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