"Run harder, run tougher. Like he did as a rookie," the coach said.
For his career, Ellington has compiled 398 carries for 1,697 and nine rushing touchdowns, to go along with 112 catches for 999 receiving yards and three receiving scores.
At the Annual League Meeting in March, Arians announced the brief move to receiver, noting the flexibility that position switch could potentially bring.
"Andre is coming back as a wide receiver," Arians said at the time. "We know what he can do as a running back. I want to see him (as a receiver). He'll go to the wide receiver room, and he'll fight for a position as a wide receiver. If it works out that he can crack that, because he's done some great things for us as a wideout since his rookie year, that could give us position flexibility on Sunday, game roster, on the 46 (man roster)."
The switch didn't work out.