Andre Ellington | RB | Arizona Cardinals
Posted: 3/27/2015 10:34pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington's role in the passing game may increase, too. Ellington was often limited in practices during the week last year because of his foot injury.
Huddle Up: Things could change if the Cards use a high pick on one of the backs in the deep incoming RB draft class, but at the very least, the talented Ellington will be pass-catching/change-of-pace back in a two-man platoon.
Posted: 2/22/2015 6:07pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington needs to bulk up and improve his strength this offseason so he can stay healthy for an entire season, according to general manager Steve Keim. Keim said he believes Ellington can be a featured back in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Ellington, listed at 5-10 and 199 pounds, has made 12 total starts in two seasons and while he certainly has starting RB skills and potential, he's yet to prove he's durable enough to handle a true featured back's full workload over a season. The Cards would likely be best served acquiring or drafting a bigger backup who can help keep Ellington fresher.
Posted: 2/19/2015 11:50pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) remains the focal point of the offense, according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington split the injured tendon in his left foot last season, Arians said, according to ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.
Huddle Up: The talented but slight-of-build Ellington, who had 247 touches in 12 games, will remain the starter but don't be at all surprised if the Cards add a back -- most likely through free agency -- to serve as the No. 2 and help keep Ellington fresh.
Posted: 12/8/2014 3:59pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip) was officially placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, Dec. 8.
Huddle Up: Ellington's season comes to an end. The Cardinals didn't shy away from making the undersized Ellington a feature back but he paid the prize by battling injuries all year. Arizona will go forward with Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams at running back.
Posted: 12/7/2014 10:22pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip) is likely headed for the Reserve/Injured list, a source said Sunday, Dec. 7. Ellington is scheduled to visit a specialist this week in Philadelphia.
Huddle Up: Ellington's fantasy season is over. Owners should target Kerwynn Williams this week on the waiver wire. Williams ran for 100 yards on 19 carries against the Chiefs on Sunday and will likely get the start Thursday night in St. Louis.
Posted: 12/5/2014 6:00pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip, foot) has been ruled out for Week 14, according to head coach Bruce Arians. RB Stepfan Taylor will be the starting running back for the game.
Huddle Up: Tough timing for Ellington owners heading into the fantasy playoffs, but at least the Cards made the announcement Friday instead of waiting until Sunday afternoon. Taylor will start, but Marion Grice, Robert Hughes and possibly the just-activated Kerwynn Williams likely will also be involved so you might be better off looking elsewhere for a fill-in RB.
Posted: 12/3/2014 12:16am et
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip) is dealing with a "severe" hip pointer, and he is unlikely to practice this week. He is hopeful of playing in the Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He will likely be a game-time decision.
Huddle Up: It doesn't sound overly promising, and of course it's a late-afternoon kickoff for the Cards, limiting the options for Ellington owners. There's no clear Arizona No. 2 back, either, with Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice and, possibly, Michael Bush in the mix.
Posted: 12/1/2014 5:15pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip) will not be able to practice on Wednesdays moving forward, according to head coach Bruce Arians. However, Ellington had been taking Wednesdays off anyway because of a foot injury.
Huddle Up: Ellington will likely be a gametime decision this week. Owners will have to monitor his practice participation closely later in the week to better gauge his availability.
Posted: 12/1/2014 12:23pm et
Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's (hip) injury isn't serious, and he could return for Week 14 or Week 15.
Huddle Up: Ellington is hoping to play Sunday against Kansas City. If he can't go, some combination of Marion Grice, Michael Bush and Stepfan Taylor will try to replace him. Grice is the best pickup of the three but he's not a great start if Ellington is out.
Posted: 11/30/2014 9:19pm et
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip) suffered a hip pointer in the Week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Ellington told reporters after the game Sunday, Nov. 30, that he does not believe the injury is serious.
Huddle Up: More will be known in the next couple of days but hopefully the injury won't cost Ellington to miss anymore time. If Ellington can't go next week, Marion Grice, Stepfan Taylor and Michael Bush will fight for carries.
Posted: 11/18/2014 12:19am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington needs to perform better, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'Right now, he's as healthy as he's been [this season] and we need more out of him.'
Huddle Up: Ellington has gained only 108 total yards on 47 touches over the last 2 games, and Arians knows he'll need more from the RB for the stretch run which includes a pair of games against the Seahawks and rematch with the Niners.
Posted: 10/22/2014 8:09pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Ellington has been playing through his foot injury but will be fine to start on Sunday. He has a strong matchup this week against the eagles.
Posted: 10/21/2014 6:29pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington had 88 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving in Week 7, and only four players in franchise history since 1960 to have more yards from scrimmage than Ellington's 653 through six games. Ellington has also been playing with a partially torn tendon in his foot. Head coach Bruce Arians said Ellington will continue to sit out of practice on Wednesdays.
Huddle Up: Ellington is also dealing with a rib issue coming out of Week 9, but he figures to be good to go Sunday against Philly even if he winds up missing an extra practice or two during the week.
Posted: 10/20/2014 10:44am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor vultured two touchdowns in the red zone Sunday, Oct. 19. RB Andre Ellington said he called Taylor in at the goal line and could have stayed in the game, but Taylor deserved the goal line love.
Huddle Up: Ellington had a nice fantasy day, but losing those two TDs certainly sapped some of the bang from it. Taylor doesn't offer much going forward other than goal line work, but if he continues to get it he'll be a fantasy factor in TD-heavy scoring formats. Meanwhile, Ellington remains a stud in performance league but appears to be trimming some of his own value in scoring-based leagues.
Posted: 10/1/2014 8:56pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) has seen improvement with his foot injury, although he is still not at 100 percent. However, he is able to practice more, and he was a limited participant Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: Ellington had the bye week to rest his foot, so he should start seeing an increase in touches starting this week against Denver. He's a strong RB2.
Posted: 9/18/2014 10:02am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Expect this to be the plan going forward for the Cardinals: resting Ellington's injured foot during the week and hoping he can continue to give them 20 or so touches on game day without losing the explosiveness that makes him so effective.
Posted: 9/17/2014 10:46am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) has soreness in his left foot but it has gone down considerably from a week ago. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians hopes Ellington can practice Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19 before the game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: This is going to be an issue all season long, but on the bright side it sounds like it's heading in the right direction. Still, until further notice you have to consider Ellington's availability a weekly game-time decision.
Posted: 9/11/2014 10:34am et
Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was a lot less sore than anticipated after playing in Week 1.
Huddle Up: The phrase "can't do any more damage by playing on it" has been trotted out frequently, which means it's just a matter of how much pain Ellington can tolerate. He saw 18 touches in Week 1, which may be at or near his upper limit for playing on the injury--at least until he gets a little extra rest during the Cardinals' bye week.
Posted: 9/10/2014 9:17pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Huddle Up: Ellington is resting his sore foot but he should be good to against the Giants after playing the entire game on Monday night. Ellington figures to get a bit more work this week making him a solid RB2.
Posted: 9/9/2014 7:31pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) is expected to play this week against the New York Giants. Ellington will likely wear a boot to protect and rest his foot but should be back on the field come Thursday and Friday in order to be ready for Sunday's game. 'I wasn't full speed,' Ellington said of his Week 1 performance. 'My quickness, I had some quickness going from right to left, but it was a little harder going from left to right.' Head coach Bruce Arians said Ellington cramped up in the fourth quarter but played 'pretty good.'
Huddle Up: It sounds like Ellington got through his 18 Week 1 touches no worse for wear, so plan on plugging him into your lineup if you need him.
Posted: 9/9/2014 10:38am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (ankle, foot) was able to play in the Week 1 game against the San Diego Chargers, and he posted a game-high 13 carries and 53 rushing yards while also adding five receptions for 27 yards.
Huddle Up: Apparently rumors of Ellington's demise have been greatly exaggerated, though his performance--which most likely happened on fantasy benches due to his injury situation and the game being on Monday night--wasn't so great as to cause extreme anguish for not having him available. Hopefully his situation will now be more clear heading into Week 2.
Posted: 9/9/2014 2:05am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington led the team with 53 rushing yards on 13 carries and added 27 yards on 5 receptions Monday, Sept. 8 in an 18-17 Week 1 win over the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Ellington, questionable with a foot injury up until an hour or so before kickoff, played throughout the contest and displayed no obvious signs of discomfort. Monitor reports to see how Ellington feels in the coming days -- especially with one fewer day of rest this week -- but, right now, plan on having him available for Week 2.
Posted: 9/8/2014 10:02pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) is active for the team's Week 1 game Monday, Sept. 8.
Huddle Up: Bit of a surprise here given some of the gloomy reports surrounding the second-year RB late last week, but he's there to start if you were holding out on a decision between Ellington and Jonathan Dwyer or one of the Chargers' reserves.
Posted: 9/7/2014 9:47pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (ankle, foot) consulted with three foot/ankle specialists and received different opinions, but all agreed no surgery is needed at this time. His injury is called peroneus longs tendon and it lies behind the peroneus brevis tendon. The tendon wraps down and under the foot by way of the cuboid bone. The options are having him wear a walking boot for two to three weeks to strengthen the muscle before returning, or not wear a boot and play in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers Monday, Sept. 8. The team could brace the arch/foot and test him in pregame warmups.
Huddle Up: It's good news for Ellington and fantasy owners that he doesn't need surgery. Even if Ellington is out for a couple of games, everyone survived a scare for the time-being.
Posted: 9/6/2014 4:11pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) showed enough in practice Saturday, Sept. 6, that he could still play in Monday night's game against the San Diego Chargers, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Officially, Ellington will be a game-day decision.
Huddle Up: Reports say that Ellington doesn't need surgery at this time, which would be great news for fantasy owners. However, considering that Ellington plays in the final game late Monday night this week, he's too risky of a start unless concrete information breaks before Sunday. Owners should bench Ellington for Week 1, with hopes that he can be inserted back into their lineups again next week.
Posted: 9/6/2014 3:23pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) attended the open portion of practice Saturday, Sept. 6. Ellington was reportedly dressed to practice but was only seen catching on the sideline.
Huddle Up: Ellington isn't likely to start Monday night and will be replaced by Jonathan Dwyer. Whatever happens long-term with Ellington, fantasy owners can't gamble on him this week considering his late start anyway. Best case scenario for Ellington owners is his foot injury isn't serious.
Posted: 9/5/2014 3:31pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington could be out for four to six weeks or longer, depending on his prognosis. His timetable for a return will depend mainly on how quickly he heals.
Huddle Up: Ellington owners look as if they'll have to make alternate plans for the first month or so of the season. Jonathan Dwyer likely steps in as the Arizona starter, but Stepfan Taylor will certainly be mixed in as well.
Posted: 9/5/2014 1:56pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington aggravated his left foot injury in practice Thursday, Sept. 4. He underwent an MRI and has been prescribed rest. However, he's still hoping that there is a chance he can suit up in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers on Monday, Sept. 8.
Huddle Up: Potentially crushing opening-week news for the owners of one of the summer's draft darlings. If Ellington has been prescribed rest, then it's likely the Cards will hold him out of the opener. The handcuff situation isn't clearly defined, but former-Steeler Jonathan Dwyer is the most likely add.
Posted: 9/4/2014 7:19pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington was limited in practice because of a foot injury Thursday, Sept. 4.
Huddle Up: This has cropped up out of nowhere, and it's not what we need to hear about one of fantasy's most-coveted players this summer. The Cards don't play until Monday night, so see what develops over the next few days.
Posted: 8/13/2014 6:43pm et
The Arizona Cardinals would like to get RB Andre Ellington 20 carries a game in 2014, mainly outside the tackles. The team feels Ellington is more dangerous in space as a wide receiver.
Huddle Up: That would be just about double his average of 10.5 touches per outing a year ago, when he gained 1,023 yards from scrimmage and scored 126 fantasy points -- 165 in PPR leagues -- on 157 touches. Fantasy GMs can do the math from there.
Posted: 7/29/2014 8:08pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (neck) will return to practice Wednesday, July 30, after sitting out Tuesday, July 29.
Huddle Up: Good news for the speedy second-year back who has generated much fantasy buzz this offseason as he assumes the starting role in the desert.
Posted: 7/26/2014 1:08pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is ready to be the bell cow in the offense, according to head coach Bruce Arians. The big thing for Ellington will be his development as a pass catcher.
Huddle Up: Ellington has yet to see more than 15 carries in an NFL game, but he added weight this offseason in anticipation of a larger workload. The Cardinals have Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer to run between the tackles so they may not have to overwork Ellington there, but the plan is for Ellington to see 20-plus touches on a regular basis. Fantasy owners are salivating, though the question remains whether or not he can hold up to such a workload.
Posted: 5/28/2014 11:27am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is expected to receive 25-30 touches per game, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: It's the offseason, so take the coachspeak with a grain of salt. Ellington has definite fantasy value as the most talented back in Arizona, but at his current ADP of RB17--ahead of, among others, Shane Vereen and Ryan Mathews--he's no longer a value pick. The concern, which Arians has voiced before, is how Ellington will hold up to such a workload at 5-9 and 200 pounds.