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Cardinals tap Stepfan Taylor as starting RB on Sunday

Without Andre Ellington (hip) in the lineup on Sunday, the Cardinals will turn to Stepfan Taylor at running back.

Arizona head coach Bruce Arians told reporters Friday that Taylor, a fifth-round pick from 2013, will be his starter on Sunday against the Chiefs.

The Cardinals will turn to a back with 25 carries on the season to try and reverse their recent skid. With Seattle closing in quickly, Arizona will be desperate to get the ground game moving against one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL.

The Chiefs have been gouged to the tune of 4.9 yards per carry and 136.4 yards per game, numbers that could be music to Arians' ears.

At this point, the Cardinals know that Drew Stanton will be serviceable -- a completion percentage in the mid-50s, a positive TD to INT ratio, more than seven yards per attempt -- but that his performance will rise with a sound running game.

Arians has coached his team through some big injuries already this season, and will need to do it again without Ellington.

UPDATE: The Cardinals announced more changes to their backfield later Friday, releasing veteran Michael Bush and promoting Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad. Bush signed with Arizona in late November.

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