Cardinals CB Robert Alford’s return ‘doesn’t look great’; Wilson day-to-day

Jan 5, 2022, 1:46 PM
(Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
(Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)
(Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)

Things aren’t sounding too promising for injured Arizona Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford.

The corner was placed on the injured reserve on Dec. 18 after suffering a pectoral injury in a Week 14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. And While he is eligible to come off the IR starting this week, the move seems highly unlikely given his current status.

“That doesn’t look great for a return within the next couple of weeks at least,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday.

Based on Kingsbury’s timeline, a possible return wouldn’t be in the cards unless the Cardinals made a deep run in the playoffs.

In 13 games this season, Alford recorded an interception, four passes defensed and 30 tackles.

Alford flashed in his return to the football field after missing the past two seasons due to injury, one of which being a pectoral issue.

As for fellow cornerback Marco Wilson, the rookie is considered day-to-day as he works to get back from a shoulder issue sustained in the team’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

“Trying to get that shoulder good enough to practice and start getting back into it,” Kingsbury said. “We’ll see how that plays out this week.”

Wilson wasn’t out with the team during the open portion of practice on Wednesday, but was seen working on the side, per Cardinals reporter Darren Urban.

The rookie has been a big boost for Arizona’s secondary in 2021, tallying four passes defensed, 48 tackles and two forced fumbles over 14 games.

With the pair sidelined, the Cardinals have turned to a group effort to fill their voids, with corners Antonio Hamilton and Kevin Peterson filling in recently.

Peterson played 92% of the defensive snaps (59), making his first start of 2021 in Arizona’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. He turned in the second most tackles on the team with seven.

“I’m a believer that if you can do it in practice, you can do it in a game,” Kingsbury said. “Kevin Peterson was another one that really stepped up the other night, had seven tackles, thought he played well in coverage, but you do it in practice, you work hard, you do things right, we trust them to go in and make plays and they’ve done it.

“With some of the tough injuries we’ve had, we’ve needed guys to step up and they proved it in practice that they could do it and just exciting to see it transition onto the field whenever they can make plays like that.”

EXTRA POINT

– Kingsbury considers injured running backs James Conner and Chase Edmonds as day-to-day:

“We’ll see how they progress throughout the week. Those are two guys that we need healthy moving into the playoffs, obviously, so we gotta be smart with them but if they can go, we’ll definitely try and get some work.”

Arizona Cardinals

Running back James Conner (Jeremy Grant Schnell/Arizona Sports)...
Tyler Drake

The 5: Arizona Cardinals’ in-house free agent priorities this offseason

The Cardinals certainly have a lot of decisions to make this offseason. A look at Arizona's biggest in-house free agent priorities:
1 day ago
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals grant $250K for new turf field at Phoenix elementary school

The Cardinals recently handed out a $250,000 grant for the installation of a synthetic turf field at James W. Rice Elementary School.
1 day ago
Budda Baker #3 of the Arizona Cardinals returns an interception against the San Francisco 49ers at ...
Alex Weiner

Cardinals safety Budda Baker selected to PFWA All-NFC team

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker made the Professional Football Writers of America All-NFC team for the second straight year.
2 days ago
Owner Michael Bidwill (R) and general manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals look on during tr...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals engulfed in offseason chatter early on

It's been quite the roller coaster of conflicting reports since the Cardinals were bounced from the NFC Wild Card game just over a week ago.
2 days ago
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during the NFL game ...
Dan Bickley

Lessons the Cardinals need to learn from 49ers-Rams NFC title matchup

To the Valley’s dismay, the NFC Championship game will be a showcase for two NFC West teams, neither of which are the Cardinals.
2 days ago
Larry Fitzgerald looks on during Capital One's The Match at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin on July ...
Arizona Sports

Larry Fitzgerald named executive chair of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

Larry Fitzgerald was named the new executive chair for the Arizona Super Bowl host committee on Monday for the 2023 game.
3 days ago
Cardinals CB Robert Alford’s return ‘doesn’t look great’; Wilson day-to-day