Cardinals hopeful that Andre Ellington will play Week 1


The Arizona Cardinals have another injury to a key player to worry about, but they got some good news on Saturday.

Running back Andre Ellington returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday after undergoing an MRI on his foot earlier in the week. Coach Bruce Arians said he was optimistic Ellington will play. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Ellington will not require surgery on the foot.

Ellington's injury is the latest in a string of setbacks for Arizona. 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 if Ellington misses Monday night's game against San Diego.

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