In case you had a late start to your day, there’s plenty to get to in the Arizona Cardinals’ world on Friday, October 15.
Ertz was very emotional about leaving the city that drafted him in 2013 and eventually won a Super Bowl in 2018.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury had glowing things to say about Ertz.
“I’ve heard great things about him,” said Kingsbury. “Great person, great player. I think he’ll fit right in this locker room. For me, I’m trying to get every skill player in league.”
Of course, since Ertz played against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football, he won’t be available to play against the Cleveland Browns.
As for the game coming up against the Browns, there’s more big news that lies ahead.
Browns’ Playmaker Ruled Out for Week 6 Matchup
You never want to see injuries, but for the Cleveland Browns, there is one big surprise heading into Sunday’s matchup.
Two-time Pro Bowl star running Nick Chubb was officially ruled out by head coach Kevin Stefanski on October 15.
The 2018 second-round pick missed a full week of practice with a calf injury. At the same time, this comes as a huge shock due to the lack of reporting on the severity of his calf problem.
Chubb had yet to miss a game in 2021 after missing four games in 2020. Chubb has averaged 5.8 yards per rush on 90 attempts and 523 rushing yards.
That leaves Kareem Hunt to lead Cleveland’s number one ranked rushing factory. Chubb has five rushes of 20 yards or more and 28 missed tackles forced which is the most in the league according to Pro Football Focus.
Remember, Hunt also entered the week with wrist and knee injuries and hasn’t played in practice this week either. His status is questionable according to Cleveland.com Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot.
The Browns have so many injuries on their roster that it’s too many to mention. But we will anyway.
Pass rusher Jadaveon Clowney, offensive tackle Jack Conklin, edge rusher Myles Garrett, cornerback A.J. Green, defensive end Takkarist McKinley, corner Greg Newsome, center JC Tretter, corner Denzel Ward and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills are all questionable.
But with their quarterback Baker Mayfield, his situation remains the murkiest. Mayfield injured his shoulder while trying to make a tackle on an interception.
Two weeks later, it was reported by NFL insider Ian Rapoport that Mayfield suffered a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder. Surgery won’t be needed, but his injury won’t get any better according to Rapoport.
There is good news for Cleveland. Receiver Jarvis Landry was designated to return from the injured reserve on October 15 and has a chance of playing on Sunday. In Week 2, Landry suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament against the Houston Texans. He caught six balls for 80 yards before being hit with the injury.
Cleveland has a lot of question marks on the injury side, but the Cardinals aren’t too much better.
Cardinals’ Injury Updates
According to Alex Weiner of Sports Illustrated, corners Byron Murphy (ribs), Marco Wilson (ribs) and linebacker Jordan Hicks (toe) will be game-day decisions per Kingsbury.
Luckily for the Cardinals, Kyler Murray looks good to go after being on the injury report the whole week with a right shoulder injury.
Center Rodney Hudson is out with a ribs injury meaning Max Garcia will take his place. It’s still not 100%, but it’s more than likely that Chandler Jones will be out as well due to a positive COVID test.
There are still more injury updates that need to be determined, so that will be updated shortly.