After averaging 5.53 yards per rush as a rookie last season — the most by any NFL player who had at least 100 carries — Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington seemed poised for a breakout campaign this season. But his status for Monday night’s opener against the San Diego Chargers might be in doubt after news surfaced that Ellington injured his foot during Thursday’s practice. And it could get much worse than one game: According to Fox Sports Radio host Mike Jurecki, who first reported that Ellington went in for an MRI exam after Thursday’s practice, Ellington could miss a number of games early in the season.
As for Andre Ellington time frame a lot will depend the how quickly he heals, could be 4-6 weeks or longer depending on further prognosis.
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) September 5, 2014
The official results of the MRI are still pending, but the Cardinals’ offense could struggle should he miss any time. Here’s Arizona Republic Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers:
Ellington’s absence would be a huge blow to the Cardinals offense. His quickness, speed and receiving ability give immense versatility. In training camp, [Coach Bruce] Arians said it was fun designing plays for Ellington because the second-year back could do so many things.
Ellington’s absence could also be a blow to fantasy league owners. Considered a “Week 1 gem” by Washington Post analyst Neil Greenberg, Ellington was among the top 15 running backs taken in most fantasy drafts. In other words, Ellington’s fantasy owners are likely now scrambling to find a backup (Jonathan Dwyer will likely start for Arizona if Ellington can’t go).
Arians is next scheduled to meet with reporters and discuss the extent of Ellington’s injury on Saturday, Somers reports.