The 8-1 Cardinals are built to persevere. Entering Sunday’s matchup against the 49ers, Arizona was missing their star QB-WR duo with Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins both out. Then, after just one offensive snap, the team lost another player in RB Chase Edmonds. After running the ball for just 3 yards, Edmonds was forced to the sideline with a high ankle sprain. He was relieved of his RB duties by James Conner who went on to have a monster game, tallying three total touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving) on 96 rushing yards and 77 receiving. While Conner has been productive, even leading the league in touchdowns scored, Edmonds has had some difficulty securing the starting role. Currently, Edmonds is 22nd in the NFL with 430 yards on the ground and tied for 36th with just one rushing touchdown. As the Cardinals continue their march towards the NFC West title, Edmonds is likely to miss a few weeks with his sprain. We have calculated his Optimal Recovery Time to be 5 weeks, but there is a possibility he returns sooner. If I were the Cardinals, I wouldn’t rush it though. Ankles can go from bad to worse quickly, and if James Conner can maintain his production, Arizona would be better served letting Edmonds take his time.
Darnold was sent for further testing on his injured right shoulder, and scans revealed a scapula fracture. He is going to land on IR and