After a week off, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd returns to action.
OK, week off is hardly the accurate description.
Floyd sat out last week’s win against Cincinnati, missing his first-ever NFL game due to a hamstring injury suffered in the fourth quarter at Seattle.
Floyd, who has caught a touchdown pass in four consecutive games, is now back and will be in uniform for this week’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium, the site of Super Bowl 50 this upcoming February.
“I’m feeling like I have been; a lot healthier now,” he said Friday, when he was officially listed questionable on the final injury report after being limited all week in practice. “My leg is feeling good. I got a lot of conditioning this week and I’ll be ready for this week.”
With Floyd healthy and a much healthier John Brown, who’s been dealing with his own hamstring issue, the Cardinals have their full complement of receivers for the first time since Week 7.
The same cannot be said about the Cardinals defense, especially the defensive line.
Tackles Cory Redding and Frostee Rucker are inactive with ankle injuries. Neither practiced this week and were ruled out on Friday.
Ed Stinson is also sidelined with a groin issue.
The good news is that both safety Deone Bucannon (concussion) and cornerback Patrick Peterson (ankle) are available.
Bucannon cleared the NFL concussion protocol and practiced on a limited basis Friday. Peterson, too, was limited in practice Friday after not seeing the field either Wednesday or Thursday.
“I’m going to be very careful with Deone,” head coach Bruce Arians said, before adding Sean Weatherspoon “will step in” if needed at inside linebacker.
And with Peterson not quite at full strength, cornerback Robert Nelson, Jr., the former Arizona State Sun Devil, will dress for the first time since joining the active roster two weeks ago.
The remaining inactives include quarterback Matt Barkley, linebacker Shaq Riddick, guard Jonathan Cooper and tackle D.J. Humphries.
Cooper (knee) is missing his second straight game, meaning Ted Larsen makes his second straight start at right guard.
For the Niners (3-7), running back Carlos Hyde (foot) and linebacker Ahmad Brooks (concussion) are out due to injury.
Also sitting are wide receiver DeAndrew White, cornerback Chris Davis, linebacker Ray-Ray Anderson, guard Brandon Thomas and offensive lineman Ian Silberman.
The Cardinals (8-2) are looking for their first win in the Bay Area since 2008. That is also the last season the Cardinals swept the season series against the 49ers.
“We’ve had good focus. A lot of energy out there,” Arians said, referring to the week of preparation. “It still always comes down to those plays in the game that you’d better be focused and going full speed, and we’ve talked about it all week.
“I like where we’re at right now.”
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