GLENDALE, Ariz. – The 100th game at University of Phoenix Stadium, all sellouts by the way, will be played minus Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd.
The team’s second-best scorer will not be in uniform for Sunday Night Football and a Week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It’s the first game Floyd has missed in this his fourth NFL season.
Floyd is inactive after not practicing once this week. He was officially listed as questionable on the final injury report due to a hamstring issue suffered in last Sunday’s win at Seattle.
“Mike, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt,” Arians said on Friday. “He’s been playing pretty well. He’s not a rookie anymore. I know he knows what he’s doing; and if he can run, we can use him.”
Last week, Floyd caught a season-high seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns, giving him at least one touchdown reception in four consecutive games for the first time in his career.
His five total touchdowns trail only Larry Fitzgerald’s seven for team-high honors.
Fellow wideout John Brown is available. He, too, has been troubled by a hamstring and admitted earlier in the week that he’s not yet full speed.
“I’m feeling good enough to be able to play; try to do what I can do to help my team out,” he said.
The Cardinals were a picture of health a week ago with seven healthy scratches.
However, this week starting right guard Jonathan Cooper (knee) and defensive tackle Cory Redding (ankle) will watch the game from the sidelines.
With Cooper sidelined, Ted Larsen will get the start; while undrafted rookie free agent Xavier Nelson is dressed for the first time this season to provide depth along the defensive line.
The remaining inactives include quarterback Matt Barkley, cornerback Robert Nelson, Jr., linebacker Shaq Riddick and tackle D.J. Humphries.
For the Bengals, starting cornerback Adam Jones (foot) and defensive tackle Pat Sims (knee) are out due to injury.
Also sitting are wide receiver Mario Alford, linebacker P.J. Dawson, tight end C.J. Uzomah, defensive tackle Marcus Hardison and defensive end Margus Hunt.
It’s the second straight week the Cardinals will be featured on Sunday Night Football; and it’s their first home game in nearly a month.
They last played in the desert back on Oct. 26, when the beat Baltimore, 26-18.
“Fantastic,” Arians said. “We can’t wait, especially in a primetime game. The last time, the Monday Night game, it was electric in there. I would anticipate it even being better this week.”
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