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NFL Injury Report:
Cardinals running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams are both out with
knee injuries, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling. Both are expected to
contribute to the backfield rotation in 2013. Mendenhall is reportedly suffering
from knee tendonitis and sat out Saturday’s practice. Williams has what is
being referred to as “an irritation to the fatty pad under the patella tendon.”
This irritation is on the same knee Williams had surgically reconstructed in
late 2011. Both backs are expected to return within a few days, though Williams
was later spotted using crutches according to Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.
Mendenhall was acquired this offseason as a free agent. He was drafted by the
Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He is
expected to have the inside track at starting this season under new head coach
Bruce Arians. However, he will face stiff competition from rookies Stepfan
Taylor and Andre Ellington--who will benefit from the extra reps while their
teammates are sidelined--as well as the aforementioned Ryan Williams.
a 2nd round draft pick for Arizona in 2011. He suffered a terrible
knee injury early in his rookie season and has yet to fully recover. At
Virginia Tech, Williams was as explosive as any back in the nation frequently
displaying good vision, excellent burst, and reliable hands. The Cardinals’
will certainly hope Williams and Mendenhall will be back sooner than later, as
this backfield has explosive potential and will be necessary to compete in the
rugged NFC West.
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