TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Floyd and John Brown, two of Arizona’s top three wide receivers, are listed as questionable because of hamstring injuries for the Cardinals’ game Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Floyd has not practiced all week after being injured following his two touchdown catches in last Sunday night’s 39-32 victory at Seattle. But coach Bruce Arians said he would not rule Floyd out for the game.
“Mike, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt,” Arians said after Friday’s practice. “He’s been playing pretty well. He’s not a rookie anymore. We’ll make a game-time decision on him. I know he knows what he’s doing and, if he can run, we can use him.”
Brown practiced on a limited basis for the second day in a row on Friday. He played against the Seahawks but did not have a reception. The hamstring injury has been bothering the speedy receiver for several weeks. Brown did not play at Cleveland on Nov. 1.
Starting right guard Jonathan Cooper was listed as doubtful for the game with a knee injury. Arians said if Cooper does dress for the game it would be in a backup role. Defensive tackle Cory Redding (ankle) was ruled out for the game.
Starting left guard Mike Iupati will play on Sunday, Arians said, despite being listed as limited in practice Friday and questionable for the game.
Iupati injured his neck in a vicious collision with Seattle’s Kam Chancellor. Iupati was strapped to a gurney as a precaution and taken off the field in an ambulance last Sunday.
Outside linebacker Markus Golden (ankle) also was listed as questionable.
Brown said he’s still feeling the pain when he runs.
“It’s tough because my team needs me out there,” he said, “and I can’t perform and play how I want to play. I’m just doing the best I can.”
Arians was asked if Brown has been able to turn loose on deep routes.
“He hasn’t practiced hard enough to find out,” Arians said. “We haven’t let him practice hard enough to find out. We’ll find out when the first one goes past 20 yards. His short routes have all been fine, it’s just whether he trusts to open up and let it go.”