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Ellington: Arians 'playing Madden' with Cardinals stars

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Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a good problem on his hands with Andre Ellington returning from a sprained right PCL this week.

Now Arians has to adjust his depth chart in a crowded backfield with Ellington re-joining Comeback Player of the Year candidate Chris Johnson and rookie playmaker David Johnson.

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"I always say, it's like B.A. is playing Madden," Ellington said Wednesday, via the team's official website. "He has so many talented players that he can pretty much call anybody at any time, and we're all able to execute."

Chris Johnson is fifth in the NFL in rushing. With the versatility to line up out wide, Ellington can be one of the league's most effective pass-catching backs. David Johnson is the first player in history to score via kickoff return, run and pass in his first two NFL games.

"They're all very special," quarterback Carson Palmer raved.

The Cardinals can't sit the elder Johnson, who has regained his early-career playmaking ability and excelled in pass protection.

"He's a great protector (and) really, really smart," Palmer explained. "He picked up the offense as fast as anybody picked it up since I've been here."

Between CJ2K's running ability and Ellington's receiving chops, the rookie's role will be reduced following a fumbled kickoff and dropped touchdown pass in last week's loss to the Rams.

"It's not hard (to divvy up snaps)," Arians said, "because the young guy sits down."

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