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Cardinals S Tony Jefferson played only 15 snaps in the Week 6 win over Washington.  HC Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that S Tyrann Mathieu has replaced him as the SS in nickel packages, with Jefferson playing the role in the base D.  Rookie S Deone Bucannon and FS Rashad Johnson also opened the game on the field and played 50 and 65 snaps, respectively.  Although the playing-time percentages figure to fluctuate depending on how the matchups dictate Arizona's defensive packages, it looks like time to dump Tony Jefferson in nearly all IDP leagues.  Teams lean toward pass-D packages these days.  Jefferson losing time there bodes ill for his participation going forward.  We wouldn't consider Mathieu an IDP starting option yet, but the fact that the team deems him well enough for a bigger role bodes well for the defense.  Mathieu's ball skills enhance the pass D and add big-play upside to the unit in fantasy.

Cardinals DE Calais Campbell will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a sprained left MCL, according to Kent Somers of AZCentral.  Campbell suffered the injury Sunday when Broncos TE Julius Thomas hit him with an illegal chop block.  Expect Frostee Rucker to start in Campbell's place, which could make him a sleeper play in Week 6.  Arizona faces Washington, which enters the Monday night game allowing the 3rd most DL fantasy points per game.

Cardinald DB Tyrann Mathieu is inactive for the opener vs. San Diego.  The 2nd-year player has been practicing with the team after missing the offseason and part of camp in his rehab from last season's knee-ligament tear.  Mathieu should be back soon -- otherwise, the team might have kept him on the PUP -- but we'll need to see him on the field for at least a game or 2 before considering him an IDP option.

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu joined his teammates at practice Wednesday for the 1st time since tearing 2 knee ligaments last November.  He told reporters afterward that he's not nervous about working the repaired joint but that he is waiting for that 1st big test.  We're still hesitant to draft Mathieu in IDP formats less than a year after such a major knee injury.  But he'll be a player to watch whenever the Cards return him to game action.  We'll be particularly curious to see if Arizona limits his role early in the year.

The team website reports that Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu hopes to return to practice within the next 2-3 weeks.  Mathieu hit IR in December after tearing 2 knee ligaments and has yet to work out with his team this year.  We'll reserve judgment on his effectiveness until he actually gets back on the field, and we're not chasing him in IDP drafts at this point.  A healthy Mathieu will still make for a strong long-term fantasy prospect, though.

Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu will open training camp on the PUP because of the 2 knee ligaments he tore in early December of his rookie season.  The team can activate Mathieu at any point, but The Associated Press reports that there's no timetable for his return at this point.  We'd be wary of adding Mathieu to your IDP lineup coming off such a serious injury.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians told the team website this week that he's targeting Oct. 1 for the return of Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu.  The 2nd-year DB tore his left ACL and LCL in December.  GM John Keim has said "there's a chance" Mathieu could return for the season opener, but we'd bet on him missing a month and consider anything less a pleasant surprise.  Mathieu remains an attractive long-term DB in dynasty leagues, but he'll sit low when our 2014 IDP rankings come out.

Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 AM in Arizona reports that the league has suspended Cardinals LB Daryl Washington for the entire 2014 season.  Washington recently pleaded guilty to assault charges stemming from a 2013 incident in which he allegedly broke an ex-girlfriend's collarbone.  Washington, of course, missed the 1st 4 games last season because of a suspension under the league's drug program.  We're happy to see this jerk get benched for the year so that we don't have to bother passing over his talent in IDP drafts.  Second-year LB Kevin Minter looks like the only clear starter inside for the Cards, who could look to the free-agent market for some help.

UPDATE: Turns out Washington's suspension actually comes from another violation of the league substance abuse policy.  He admitted in a statement that it pertained to marijuana use.  Regardless, he remains an ass who will need to become less ass-y if he hopes to continue an NFL career.

The Cardinals spent their 1st-round pick in the NFL draft on Washington State S Deone Bucannon, after trading back with the Saints.  Bucannon led the Pac-12 in tackles and tied for the conference lead in INTs while earning 1st-team all-conference honors in 2013.  He should fight for a starting job right away in a strong, young secondary.  Bucannon could sneak into a worthwhile slot in our 2014 IDP rankings if he appears on track to start.

Cardinals LB Daryl Washington has been sentenced to 1 year of "supervised probation" for his assault charge stemming from a 2013 fight with his ex-girlfriend.  The light sentence comes as no surprise after Washington recently pleaded down.  The team website acknowledges, however, that Washington figures to see some league suspension under the personal conduct policy.  We'd bet on multiple games for a guy who already lost 4 weeks last year under the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Cardinals LB Daryl Washington pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault stemming from a domestic violence incident last May.  (Washington allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and shoved her to the ground, breaking her collarbone.)  The plea marks a change from his initial plea of not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and trespassing.  The AP had no report on the expected sentence, but the plea change and the omission of 1 of the original charges points to some kind of plea deal.  Of course, even if Washington avoids jail time, he'll likely face some league discipline under the personal-conduct policy.  He already missed the 1st 4 games of last season for a drug suspension.  Look for Washington to take another playing-time related hit in the 2014 IDP rankings.  Frankly, we'd rather win our league championships without abusers on the roster anyway.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that former Jets CB Antonio Cromartie has signed a 1-year deal with the Cardinals.  The move won't affect our 2014 IDP rankings much, but Cromartie pairs with CB Patrick Peterson to give Arizona a terrific cover duo.  That can only help the value of the team D for fantasy football owners, especially considering the big-play ability that each corner possesses.

The Cardinals have signed LT Jared Veldheer to a 5-year, $35 million deal.  The 26-year-old is the youngest of the top free-agent OTs.  Veldheer missed most of last season with a triceps injury but finished 12th among 80 OTs in Pro Football Focus' 2012 rankings.  He's a significant upgrade for the Cardinals -- and good news for the fantasy prospects of QB Carson Palmer, RB Andre Ellington and WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Multiple outlets report that MRI confirmed a torn ACL and LCL for Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu.  According to, doctors will wait about 9 days for the LCL to begin healing before going in to repair both ligaments.  The recovery could take about 9 months.  That timeline would bump up against the start of next season.  We'll see how Mathieu progresses through the summer.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Sunday night that S Tyranny Mathieu appears to have torn his left ACL in the Week 14 win over the Rams.  The rookie will have an MRI on Monday to confirm.  Losing Mathieu certainly doesn't help the Arizona D, as he has proved capable of played several roles in the secondary.  IDP owners lose a top 10 fantasy DB and will have to wonder about his readiness for next season.  We'll keep an eye on Mathieu's situation throughout the summer.  S Rashad Johnson figures to see more playing time the rest of this year.  He has played mostly as a 3rd safety so far.

In updating its signature DVOA stat with Week 9 results, Football Outsiders revealed that Arizona's defense now rates tops in the league at -19.1%.  The stat measures situation-specific performance and adjusts for strength of opponent.  According to FO, the Cardinals have played the 4th-toughest schedule of opposing offenses so far.  The Cards sit tied for 10th in scoring defense through 8 games and are allowing just 3.5 yards per carry (3rd best in the league) and 6.9 yards per pass attempt (10th).  We respect the unique analysis that FO does.  We knew that Arizona was playing well on D this season but didn't realize just how well.  The FO report motivated us to move the Cards a few spots up the Rest of the Way rankings.  Keep an eye on them as a spot-starting option for the season's 2nd half.

Cardinals DE Calais Campbell is active against the Seahawks tonight, just 4 days after leaving the field on a stretcher.  Campbell was diagnosed with a bruised spine after a scary collision Sunday but he quickly returned to normal action.  He seems fine to use as you normally would in your IDP league.  Check out our Week 7 DL rankings for Campbell's outlook.

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