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Cardinals lose Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington and Jerraud Powers to injury

A rocky first half for the Arizona Cardinals against the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t helped with an injury-riddled third quarter. Bruce Arians’ Arizona Cardinals saw running backs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington, plus cornerback Jerraud Powers, leave with injuries.

Powers, the starting corner, suffered a right calf injury. Johnson later went to the locker room with a left knee injury, while Ellington did not return with a left foot issue.

After the 19-13 Arizona victory, Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7’s Paul Calvisi that Johnson and Ellington would undergo X-rays and MRIs. The team confirmed Powers’ injury is a strained calf and not an Achilles injury as was first feared.

At running back, rookie David Johnson and Stepfan Taylor were left for a run game that rushed 29 times for 70 yards, a 2.4-yard per carry average. Starting guard Jonathan Cooper missing the game with a knee injury didn’t help on that front, either.

The Cardinals were tied with the 49ers, 13-13, through three quarters.

The good news for Arizona on the injury front is that receiver Michael Floyd, cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebacker Deone Bucannon all played despite being limited in practice this week.

With Arians being careful with the injured trio, the Cardinals had former ASU cornerback Robert Nelson Jr. active for the game. Arizona also gave veteran linebacker Sean Weatherspoon snaps with Bucannon not being at full strength.

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