Despite missing two defensive starters and one key offensive weapon, the Arizona Cardinals still stack up well against St. Louis, Sunday’s Week 13 opponent.
And that’s because, though slowed due to injury, wide receivers Michael Floyd and John Brown will play. Floyd had been listed as questionable and Brown probable on Friday’s injury report due to hamstring trouble.
Cornerback Jerraud Powers (calf) and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker (ankle) are both inactive, as is running back Andre Ellington (toe).
Those three were ruled out on Friday.
Defensive tackle Cory Redding made the trip, but will not play. He did not practice all week because of an ankle issue and will miss a second straight week.
This is also Rucker’s second straight game missed.
The remaining inactives include quarterback Matt Barkley, tackle D.J. Humphries and guard/tackle Earl Watford.
So, right guard Jonathan Cooper is dressed for the first time in three weeks, and rookie linebacker Shaq Riddick is active for the first time this season.
For the Rams, tackle Andrew Donnal (knee), cornerback Trumaine Johnson (thigh), defensive end Robert Quinn (back) and kicker Greg Zuerlein (right hip) are out due to injury. Also sitting are quarterback Sean Mannion, offensive lineman Brian Folkerts and defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks.
Case Keenum will backup starting quarterback Nick Foles, meaning Keenum has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol.
A win in St. Louis and the Cardinals sweep their NFC West division rivals on the road for the first time since 2008.
“You got to win in your division, and man, if you can win on the road in your division, that’s even better. We lost a home game to these guys and to get that game back would be huge.”