Andre Ellington RB ARI 2 weeks ago

Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, is expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the team's official website. Ellington missed the first week of training camp, but he has participated in 11-on-11 drills since.

Andre Ellington RB ARI 3 weeks ago

Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington remained limited in practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, according to NFL.com. Ellington participated in some 11-on-11 work and his status for Saturday's preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs is not yet known.

Andre Ellington RB ARI 3 weeks ago

Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was limited at practice Tuesday because of a hamstring injury, according to the team's official website. Ellington was held out of practice last week as a result of the ailment, and while he was initially scheduled to be a full participant Tuesday, the organization likely wants to ensure that Ellington is fully healthy for Saturday's preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. "From an organizational standpoint, we’re counting on the guy," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. "It’s unbelievable to still go back and when I look at the games where he played and the games he didn’t play and the difference he makes, how dynamic he is with the ball in his hands. I’d put him up there with a lot of the other play-makers in the league. I think the guy’s special as a ball-carrier and as a receiver. But the million dollar question is, can he stay healthy?”

Andre Ellington RB ARI 3 weeks ago

Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington practiced fully Tuesday for the first time this training camp after recovering from a hamstring injury, according to the team's official website. Ellington, who missed the first week of camp and donned pads for the first time on Monday, could see limited action in Saturday's preseason opener.

Andre Ellington RB ARI 3 months ago

Ellington has appeared 100 percent healthy at Cardinals OTAs, FOX Sports Phoenix reports.

Ellington's return to full fitness follows an injury-shortened 2014 campaign that ended with hernia surgery in early December. Since then, the shifty tailback has progressed well in his recovery and now appears uninhibited. Furthermore, with rookie David Johnson now in the fold, Ellington could benefit from taking fewer hits this season.

Andre Ellington RB ARI 4 months ago

Ellington's recent activity level has included cutting during offseason workouts, the Arizona Republic reports. "It's like night and day," he said. "During the season I was limited on some cuts going to the right, pushing off my left foot. I'm close to doing a lot of things I've done in the past. Just [this week] I was able to do all my cuts and put a lot more pressure on my foot."

After Ellington endured an injury-laden season that concluded with hernia surgery on Dec. 8, his health concerns appear to be a thing of the past. As he continues to immerse himself in the offseason program, the pressure to handle the bulk of the running back reps in 2015 may have been alleviated with the selection of David Johnson in the third round of this year's draft. If the Cardinals employ a similar breakdown of work to Ellington's rookie year in 2013, when he split RB reps with Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington could be in line for a return to form, especially following the addition of left guard Muke Iupati in free agency.

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Though the Cardinals added fellow running back David Johnson in the third round of the NFL draft, coach Bruce Arians noted that the move doesn't affect Ellington's projected duties this coming season, the Cardinals' official site reports.

While Arians praised Johnson's versatility and potential as a three-down back, the rookie will initially slot in as a backup and is also a candidate to return kicks. With regard to Ellington, "Andre will just continue his same role," Arians relayed this weekend. "We'll keep him healthy and let him continue to develop as a player. The nice thing David can do, he can do everything Andre does so you don't have to change if there was an injury."

Andre Ellington RB ARI 4 months ago

Ellington (hernia) took part in the "Phase-1" portion of voluntary workouts Tuesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

The initial blame for Ellington's supbar sophomore campaign can be blamed on a tendon issue in his left foot, which he sustained shortly before the season opener and afflicted him thereafter. Once November rolled around, the Cardinals listed the running back on the injury report with a hip injury, and eventually, his season came to a close following hernia surgery on Dec. 8. More than four months removed from the procedure, his presence at the first offseason workout is a step in the right direction toward his overall health. Although his YPC dropped from 5.5 as a rookie to 3.3 last year, the addition of bulldozing guard Mike Iupati via free agency sets Ellington up for a bounce back, as long as he avoids the injury bug that has followed him into the professional ranks.

Andre Ellington RB ARI 7 months ago

Ellington ran this week for the first time since undergoing sports hernia surgery on Dec. 8.

On Thursday, Ellington relayed that he "felt good" after running, which is a significant first step in the recovery process. Coming off an underwhelming sophomore campaign in which he fought through a tendon issue in his left foot en route to 3.3 YPC, he likely remains the Cardinals' No. 1 RB. However, after Ellington ended the season on injured reserve, Kerwynn Williams entered the backfield mix and fared well, racking up 63 rushes for 269 yards, which was good for 4.3 YPC. Ellington's value entering the 2015 campaign is contingent upon who the team adds via free agency and the draft, but his prowess as a pass catcher -- he's hauled in 85 passes (on 122 targets) for 766 yards and three touchdowns across 27 games -- cannot be denied.

Andre Ellington RB ARI 9 months ago

Ellington (hernia) has been officially placed on IR by the Cardinals.

With Ellington no longer in the team's backfield mix, look for Kerwynn Williams -- who led the Cardinals' Week 14 rushing attack -- to see an expanded role going forward, thus making him a must-add for those looking to secure running back depth for the stretch run.