Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
1 month ago

Ellington is expected to have a role within the Cardinals' crowded backfield in 2016, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. "We'll definitely get him in there," head coach Bruce Arians said. "How many touches he gets is going to depend on how all three of them are playing."

EDGE Analysis

Ellington followed up a game-breaking rookie season in 2013 with a dud as the Cardinals' lead RB in the next campaign. Injuries certainly played a role, but the Cardinals were proactive with the offseason additions of David Johnson in the 2015 NFL Draft and Chris Johnson in the middle of training camp. Despite these moves, Ellington entered the year as the No. 1 back, only to sustain a PCL injury in Week 1 that thrust the Johnsons into larger roles. Chris Johnson was highly effective as the starter for the ensuing 10 contests, but maladies to both the elder Johnson and Ellington in Week 12 paved the way for David Johnson's late-season explosion. Due to the performance, David has been deemed worthy of "bell cow" status by Arians heading into training camp, while the re-signing of Chris provides insurance for the corps. As a result, Darren Urban of the team's official site has speculated that Ellington will serve "more as a receiver than straight runner," which is likely the best use of his skill set due to the injury-prone label levied upon him since his time at Clemson.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
6 months ago

Ellington finished the 2015 season with 45 carries for 289 yards and three touchdowns, which he supplemented with 15 receptions (on 24 targets) for 148 yards across 10 games.

EDGE Analysis

After enduring multiple ailments in 2014, Ellington was named the Cardinals' starting running back in advance of Week 1, but injury woes in the form of a PCL sprain immediately took hold, requiring three consecutive absences. The No. 1 gig was ably filled by Chris Johnson (tibia) for the next 10 games before both backs were knocked out with respective injuries (and Johnson for the rest of the season). Taking advantage of the void was rookie David Johnson, who stated his case as the team's every-down, all-purpose back of the future. Upon his second return in Week 16, Ellington made brief appearances through the end of Arizona's playoff run in the NFC championship game. However, he accumulated just 13 runs for 45 yards and two catches (on five targets) for 12 yards in four outings as the younger Johnson's primary backup. Considering his bloated medical chart, Ellington's ceiling may rest as a change-of-pace option, especially if Chris Johnson or another viable back joins the fray in the offseason.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
6 months ago

Ellington totaled three carries for three yards and couldn't haul in his only target during Saturday's divisional-round victory against the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Ellington has received touches in 11 of the Cardinals' 17 games this season, but his non-existent showing wasn't a surprise due to a season-low seven snaps. Still, he should continue to complement lead back David Johnson within the offense, as Ellington has received between three and eight touches in 10 contests as a reserve.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
7 months ago

Ellington (toe) turned in 19 of the Cardinals' 58 offensive snaps (33 percent) during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

EDGE Analysis

The modest workload didn't reap dividends in the box score in what amounted to a scaled-back game plan, including Carson Palmer's (finger) removal from the contest at halftime. Ellington didn't receive a touch until the 4:10 mark of the third quarter, yet he was the only Arizona RB outside of David Johnson to contribute, notching two carries for two yards and one reception (on two targets) for seven yards. With a bye week to prepare for the divisional round, Ellington will continue therapy to reduce any remnants of the turf toe that forced absences from Weeks 13 through 15.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
7 months ago

Ellington (toe) is listed as active Sunday versus the Seahawks, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

A Cardinals win in Week 17 must coincide with a Panthers loss to the Buccaneers in order to achieve home-field advantage throughout the playoff. However, if the Panthers hold a noticeable lead early in the game, it may be enough to spur head coach Bruce Arians to sit David Johnson and Ellington in order to preserve them for future weeks. If the preceding comes to pass, the Cardinals would be down to Stepfan Taylor (shoulder) and Kerwynn Williams out of the backfield.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
7 months ago1 Comment

Ellington (toe) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

EDGE Analysis

Ellington should be a go this week, though he's a Week 17 fantasy dart, as a change-of-pace/complementary option working behind David Johnson.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
7 months ago

Ellington (toe) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

EDGE Analysis

After sitting out Weeks 13 through 15 as a result of turf toe, Ellington will likely endure a cap on his practice reps through the Cardinals' upcoming playoff run. Such a precaution is advised with Chris Johnson (fractured tibia) sidelined and only modest depth outside of starter David Johnson. Expect Ellington to receive his typical handful of touches Sunday against the Seahawks.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
7 months ago

Ellington (toe) returned from a three-game absence Sunday, taking seven carries for 40 yards and his sole target for five yards during a 38-8 win versus the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Both Ellington and Chris Johnson (broken tibia) incurred lengthy absences stemming from injuries suffered in Week 12, but the former's bout with turf toe was far less serious. In the eventual blowout of the Packers, Ellington received one carry on the Cardinals' second drive of the game, with David Johnson handling the rest of the RB reps. However, the lead was extended from 17 to 31 points in quick succession after halftime, giving Ellington a chance at sustained work. The eight total touches is in line with the reserve role that he served in behind the veteran Johnson earlier in the year, which owners can expect to continue as he spells the rookie in the season finale and beyond.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
7 months ago

Ellington (toe) is active for Sunday's contest against the Packers, Darren Urban of the Packers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cleared to play for the first time since Week 12, Ellington will likely be relegated to a reserve role, which equated to about five touches per game behind Chris Johnson earlier in the season. With Johnson (broken tibia) sidelined for the foreseeable future, Ellington will spell current workhorse David Johnson.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (9)
7 months ago

Ellington (toe) is expected to play Sunday against the Packers, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

Ellington, who is officially listed as questionable, was able to practice on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday. He has been sidelined since Week 12, and given the way David Johnson has played lately, it seems unlikely Ellington will get a significant number of touches in his first game back.