Cardinals inactives vs. Giants include WR Isabella; Hopkins and Drake active
The Arizona Cardinals will have starting inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back Kenyan Drake active for a pivotal game against the New York Giants that will dictate their odds in the NFC Wild Card race.
Drake was questionable and limited with an ankle injury this week, as was Campbell, who had missed practice all week. Hopkins was listed as questionable due to a neck/back issue, but Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said he would be “ready to roll” against the Giants (5-7).
Kingsbury also said Friday that rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons would play despite dealing with similar soreness in his neck/back area.
Notable among the Cardinals’ inactives Sunday at MetLife Stadium is second-year receiver Andy Isabella, who was not on the week’s injury report. He will not suit up with slot receiver Larry Fitzgerald back from two games missed due to the coronavirus.
Isabella is joined on the inactives list by kicker Zane Gonzalez (back), safety Jalen Thompson (ankle), backup quarterback Brett Hundley, rookie running back Eno Benjamin, plus backup offensive linemen Josh Miles and Max Garcia.
Arizona entered the game with Hopkins, Drake, Campbell, Simmons and right tackle Kelvin Beachum (back) listed as questionable. The team downgraded kicker Zane Gonzalez (back) to out on Saturday as it called up veteran Mike Nugent from the practice squad to replace him.
For the Giants, quarterback Daniel Jones will indeed start after missing a week due to a hamstring issue. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported Sunday that backup quarterback Colt McCoy could still see some action against Arizona (6-6).
Giants linebacker Blake Martinez, the NFL’s third-leading tackler heading into Week 14, is also active. He was questionable with a back issue that kept him out of practice on Friday.
New York receiver Dante Pettis, cornerback Darnay Holmes, linebacker T.J. Brunson, offensive tackle Kyle Murphy, offensive tackle Jackson Barton and defensive end R.J. McIntosh are inactive.