Cardinals-Texans injury report: Arizona RB Emari Demercado out Sunday

Nov 16, 2023, 3:01 PM | Updated: Nov 17, 2023, 3:01 pm

C.J. Stroud (7) hands the ball off to running back Dameon Pierce...

Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) hands the ball off to running back Dameon Pierce (31) against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Erik Verduzco)

(AP Photo/Erik Verduzco)

Arizona Cardinals running back Emari Demercado did not practice Friday and was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. After limited work Thursday, linebacker Jesse Luketa fully returned to practice on Friday and does not carry an injury designation.

Texans starting running back Dameon Pierce returned to practice and was limited but was officially ruled out for Sunday. Wide receiver Noah Brown remained sidelined and is questionable for Sunday’s contest.

Cardinals offensive linemen D.J. Humphries and Trystan Colon continued to be limited and are questionable for Sunday.

Arizona brought in another running back this week, claiming Michael Carter from the New York Jets. Carter did not participate in practice on Thursday but told reporters he would be ready to go Sunday in Houston.

Pierce (ankle) was nearly a 1,000-yard rusher as a rookie last year for Houston but has missed the past two games. Brown had a career day on Sunday with 172 receiving yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. Houston also missed safety Jimmie Ward at practice for the third straight day after he missed Week 10’s game.

Right tackle George Fant fully returned to practice after showing up as limited (hip) on yesterday’s injury report, and linebacker Denzel Perryman will not play on Sunday due to a suspension.

Houston wide receiver Nico Collins, tight end Brevin Jordan and tackle Fant were all full participants on Friday after limited reps on Thursday.

Defensive end Will Anderson Jr., wide receiver Noah Brown and defensive end Dylan Horton are all questionable for Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals-Houston Texans injury reports

Arizona Cardinals


Player Pos Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Joey Blount S Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Michael Carter RB NIR-Rest DNP
Jonathan Ledbetter DL Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Out
Zach Pascal WR Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Trystan Colon OL Calf Limited Limited Limited Questionable
D.J. Humphries OL Ankle Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Emari Demercado RB Toe Limited Limited DNP Out
Jesse Luketa LB Ankle Limited Limited Full
Ezekiel Turner LB Hamstring Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Kevin Strong DL Knee Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Michael Wilson WR Shoulder Limited Questionable


Houston Texans


Player Pos Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Noah Brown WR Knee DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Jake Hansen LB Hamstring/Hand DNP DNP DNP Out
Brevin Jordan TE Foot DNP Limited Full
Dameon Pierce RB Ankle DNP DNP Limited Out
Henry To’oTo’o LB Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
Laremy Tunsil OL Knee DNP Full Full
Jimmie Ward S Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Robert Woods WR Foot DNP Full Full
Will Anderson Jr. DE Knee Limited Full DNP Questionable
Nico Collins WR Calf Limited Limited Full
Kurt Hinish DT Knee Limited Full Full
Tytus Howard OL Knee Limited Full Full
Dalton Schultz TE Hamstring Limited Full Full
Andrew Beck FB Ankle/Elbow/Shoulder Full Full Full
Jonathan Greenard DE Shoulder Full Full Full
Charlie Heck OL Back Full Full Full
Jerry Hughes DE Back Full Full Full
Steven Nelson CB Back/Neck Full Full Full
Grayland Arnold S Calf Limited DNP Out
George Fant OL Hip Limited Full
Dylan Horton DE Knee Full Questionable

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