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|The Cardinals drafted a pair of running backs this offseason, with Ellington being taken in the sixth round. While fifth-round pick Stepfan Taylor has more size, Ellington, at 5'9” and 199 pounds, will likely battle Ryan Williams to become the team's change-of-pace and receiving back. While Williams has struggled with injuries both in the past and during training camp, Ellington hasn't been able to take advantage of his absence because of a concussion. The Clemson product possesses solid speed and playmaking ability, but his use in 2013 likely depends on just how fed up the Cardinals are with Williams' injuries and lack of productivity. That makes Ellington waiver-wire material in redraft leagues but a player to keep your eye on. He is also a decent prospect in dynasty formats.
|Mendenhall leaving the NFL -- Sun Mar 9 6:00 pm --|
RB telling people he plans to retire
|Former Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall was tired of living a "private life in the public eye" as an NFL player, which included being called racial slurs online, he wrote in his most recent blog for Huffington Post in which he explained why he retired at 26 years old. "I just kind of wanted to disappear," Mendenhall said. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Mendenhall is an unrestricted free agent and never fully got on track in Arizona last season rushing for 687 yards, 8 TDs and a 3.2 average. He suffered a torn ACL in 2011 and battled a toe injury in 2013. The Cardinals are expected to increase the workload of Andre Ellington in 2014.
| Ellington, Palmer expected to be OK -- Mon Dec 16 3:20 pm --|
Both should be able to play through lower-body injuries
|S Rashad Johnson has a high ankle sprain. It's a concern. Andre Ellington should be OK. Carson Palmer has low grade ankle sprain. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: In two weeks, the Cardinals have lost Tyrann Mathieu and Johnson, making the back end of their defense a concern. Ellington's status will take on extra importance should Larry Fitzgerald be forced to miss a game with a concussion, which is likely. Palmer was rumored to have suffered a high ankle sprain, but should be good enough to go against Seattle in Week 16.