Arizona Cardinals S Budda Baker sidelined by high ankle sprain, per report

Nov 7, 2022, 5:00 PM | Updated: 5:13 pm

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker is out because of a high ankle sprain, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The hope is Baker could return in Week 11 or 12 before the team’s bye in Week 13.

Baker leads the team in solo tackles (46), assisted tackles (25) and total tackles (71). He also has one tackle for loss, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

This will be the first time Baker has missed a game since Week 4 of 2020. He had been on a streak of playing in 38 straight regular season games and 59 of his last 60 regular season contests, dating back to November 2018.

Baker, 26, has made three straight Pro Bowls as a safety after getting his first nod as a rookie in 2017 on special teams. He was a First Team All-Pro safety in 2020.

The Cardinals signed Baker to a four-year extension worth up to $59 million back in August 2020, a deal that runs through 2024.

Arizona’s depth behind Baker consists of Chris Banjo, who joins Jalen Thompson and Baker as the only three safeties on the team. Baker, of course, is a unique weapon in the Cardinals defense that lines up all over the field across four quarters.

The schedule for the Cardinals the next three weeks consists of the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers.

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals OL Kelvin Beachum gives back to Champion Schools: South Mountain on Monday, Dec. ...
Tyler Drake

Giving back more than just checking boxes for Cardinals’ Kelvin Beachum

Kelvin Beachum has made it his mission in giving back to the local communities around him in hopes of setting up the future for success.
23 hours ago
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reviews print outs of previous plays during the firs...
Arizona Sports

Behind Enemy Lines: ‘Too hard’ for Patriots to make big offensive changes

Entering a Week 14 tilt against the Arizona Cardinals, the New England Patriots offense led by Mac Jones is faced with question marks.
23 hours ago
Lecitus Smith #54 of the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium on November 13, 2022 in Inglewood, Calif...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Lecitus Smith: People mistake Kyler Murray’s passion for ball

Cardinals OL Lecitus Smith was the latest teammate to come to the defense of QB Kyler Murray following recent criticism from Patrick Peterson.
4 days ago
Arizona Cardinals OLB Myjai Sanders (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
Tyler Drake

How the Cardinals should attack the final 5 games

With little hope of turning the season around, it's time for the Arizona Cardinals to turn the page and look to the future.
23 hours ago
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals w...
Kevin Zimmerman

Patrick Peterson says he has no beef with Kyler Murray, adds more criticism of Cardinals QB

Patrick Peterson's attempt at cooling things down after his comments about Kyler Murray on his own podcast included more criticism of the QB.
5 days ago
Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field following the NFL game at ...
Alex Weiner

Hard Knocks recap: Kyler Murray returns to forefront, Cardinals give back on Thanksgiving

Kyler Murray returned, the Cardinals lost another heartbreaker and several teammates gave back on Thanksgiving in the latest episode.
5 days ago
Arizona Cardinals S Budda Baker sidelined by high ankle sprain, per report