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Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams: Initial Injury Report

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams will close out their 2016 campaign on Sunday when they play host to the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams have been extremely lucky with injuries in 2016 and most of the individuals on injured reserve have been placed there as a precautionary measure against further injury in what has become a meaningless game for the Rams.

Here’s what the initial injury report looks like for the Rams:

Los Angeles Rams Injury Report

Name POS Injury Wed Thurs
Name POS Injury Wed Thurs
Maurice Alexander SS Concussion Limited Limited
Kenny Britt WR Shoulder DNP DNP
Rob Havenstein RT Ankle DNP DNP
Lamarcus Joyner CB Ankle DNP DNP
Mike Thomas WR Hip Limited Limited

I’m not putting too much stock in the WR injuries. Mike Thomas has played a limited role on the offense and Kenny Britt has been playing through this shoulder injury for a few weeks now.

More concerning to me is the status of the secondary. Lamarcus Joyner still isn’t practicing and Mo Alexander has yet to clear the concussion protocol. The Cardinals recievers are formidable and this could spell trouble for the Rams.

Arizona Cardinals Injury Report

Name POS Injury Weds Thurs
Name POS Injury Weds Thurs
Justin Bethel CB Foot Full Full
John Brown WR Illness DNP Limited
Marcus Cooper CB Back/Calf Limited Limited
Larry Fitzgerald WR Not Injury Related DNP Full
D.J. Humphries OT Concussion DNP DNP
Robert Nkimdiche DT Ankle -- Limited
Carson Palmer QB Not Injury Related DNP Full
Frostee Rucker DT Not Injury Related DNP Full
Ed Stinson DT Illness DNP Full

The Cardinals chose to rest three key veterans, and it’s hard to blame them. Frostee Rucker is the baby of that trio at 33 years old. The NFL schedule is bound to wear on seasoned vets.

It brings to light an interesting storyline moving forward though. With Larry Fitzgerald 34 and Carson Palmer 37, what is the window for this Cardinals team? Has it already passed? Or can Palmer and Fitzgerald continue defying father time and bring the Cards back to contention in 2017?