Andre Ellington (foot) undergoes MRI, status unclear


The Arizona Cardinals have another injury to a key player to worry about.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that running back Andre Ellington underwent an MRI on Thursday night according to two sources informed of the situation. Ellington will not require surgery, but he won't know his status for Monday night's contest against the Chargers until closer to game time. The running back is hopeful he will play.

Foot injuries can be tricky and long lasting. If Ellington misses an extended period of time, it would be a devastating loss for the Cardinals on the heels of all their defensive issues. Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is out for the season with a torn ACL and inside linebacker Daryl Washington is suspended for the season. Last year's No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Cooper is benched to start the season.

Ellington has the ability to be a breakout star if he can stay healthy. He changes the way the Cardinals run their offense because of his impressive receiving skills, and there is a steep drop-off at the running back position. Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor are next in line for carries.

UPDATE: Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic tweeted Saturday that Ellington practiced on a limited basis Saturday and coach Bruce Arians was optimistic afterward that he might be able to play Monday.

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