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The Cardinals released their 1st "unofficial" depth chart of the year Monday, ahead of Friday's preseason opener against the Cowboys. Unsurprisingly, the team lists DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk as the top 3 receivers. Kirk would have been the only 1 of the 3 in question, with Hopkins an incumbent and Green a veteran arriving on a sizable 1-year free agent deal. Kirk, meanwhile, has missed some practice time with a "minor" (though unspecified) injury, allowing rookie WR Rondale Moore to generate some buzz. We'll see where things go between these 2 the rest of the month. Moore certainly brings the higher ceiling. We'll see if he can push past Kirk before the regular season. Of course, it's also worth noting that these preseason depth charts can sometimes prove meaningless -- especially this early in the process.

The Cardinals added Purdue WR Rondale Moore with the 49th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Moore turned in 1 of the most impressive freshman seasons you’ll ever see back in 2018, racking up 114 catches for 1,258 yards and 12 TDs. He added 21 carries for 213 yards (10.1 YPC) and 2 TDs while also serving as Purdue’s primary return man. He set a Purdue record with 2,215 all-purpose yards and was named a consensus All-American. Unfortunately, multiple hamstring injuries limited Moore to just 7 games over the past 2 seasons (although he remained uber productive, averaging 9.1 catches and 94 yards per game). Size is also a concern for this 5’7, 180-pounder. There’s only been one 1,000-yard season by a WR 5’7 or shorter in NFL history. Moore has the goods to buck that trend, though. He blazed a 4.29-second 40-yard dash and posted a ridiculous 42.5-inch vertical at his Pro Day to earn a 93rd percentile Relative Athletic Score. The tape shows incredible burst, quickness and change-of-direction to create separation on routes and make plays after the catch. Moore also has RB-like vision on end arounds and jets sweeps. He joins DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and A.J. Green in the Cardinals WR corps. Kirk and Green are both set to hit free agency next offseason. Moore’s arrival is probably the nail in Andy Isabella’s coffin in Arizona.

The Cardinals on Saturday placed WR Christian Kirk on the COVID list. That knocks him out for Sunday's game against the Rams and should leave Larry Fitzgerald and KeeSean Johnson as Arizona's 2nd and 3rd wideouts for the regular-season finale. Andy Isabella might also finally make it off the inactive list. We'll see about Kirk's availability for the playoff opener, if Arizona makes it.

The Jets' positive COVID test turned out to be a false-positive, the team announced on Friday night. So the Cardinals-Jets game is on for Sunday. Your Cardinals are safe to keep in fantasy lineups. Hopefully you're not too invested in the Jets.

Buffalo
11:10am EDT 10/4/20

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. He was limited in practice all week after missing Week 3, so it’s unclear what kind of shape he’ll be in today. Kirk totaled just 3 catches for 57 scoreless yards in 2 games before the injury, so we’d try to leave him on fantasy benches today.

Cardinals’ WRs DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) and Christian Kirk (groin) are both expected to play against the Panthers today "if there are no pre-game setbacks," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hopkins missed practice all week, while Kirk was limited after sitting out Week 3. An active Hopkins would be awfully tough to bench. We'd try to avoid Kirk in fantasy lineups after his slow start to the season.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) is a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Panthers after a limited week of practice. He’d get a volume boost if WR DeAndre Hopkins sits with his ankle injury. But Kirk was struggling before going down and still isn’t at 100%. We’d try not to use him in Week 4 fantasy lineups.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to return for this weekend's game vs. the Panthers. Kirk totaled just 3 catches for 57 scoreless yards over the first 2 weeks.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) is out for Sunday’s game against the Lions. That should move Andy Isabella into 3-WR sets, putting him in play for DFS tournaments. Kirk’s absence could also mean a few extra targets for WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. He's now looking extremely iffy for this weekend's game against the Lions. Kirk's absence would elevate WR Andy Isabella to a top 3 role and make him an intriguing DFS flier.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk missed Wednesday's practice with a groin injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it. Kirk's availability for this weekend's game against the Lions is uncertain. We'll get another update tomorrow.

The Texans are set to trade WR DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Wow. Hopkins is an elite receiver in the prime of his career with 3 years remaining on a manageable contract. It's a mind-boggling move by the Texans, leaving Will Fuller and Kenny Stills atop the depth chart for now. Those 2 are big winners here, while QB Deshaun Watson's fantasy stock takes a significant hit. QB Kyler Murray, meanwhile, gets the legitimate #1 WR that he was missing last year. He looks like a top-5 QB in 2020 fantasy drafts. Hopkins should easily remain a WR1 in a pass-leaning offense piloted by an accurate QB.

Update: Schefter reports that the Cardinals are receiving Hopkins and a late-round pick in exchange for RB David Johnson and a 2nd-rounder. Other picks are involved in the trade. Hopkins is expected to get a new contract from Arizona.

Update: The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports it's Hopkins and a 4th-round pick to Arizona for Johnson, a 2020 2nd-rounder and a 2021 4th-rounder.

Buffalo
3:12pm EST 12/22/19

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Seahawks. HC Kliff Kingsbury labeled him a game-time decision on Friday, so he won’t be at 100% for this one.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk is expected to play against the Seahawks today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Kirk is questionable with an ankle injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday before limited workouts the next 2 days. The ankle looks like more of an issue than it was last week, when Kirk put in 2 limited practices before a full Friday and no injury designation for the Week 15 game vs. Cleveland.

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury labeled WR Christian Kirk (ankle) a game-time decision for Week 16. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. Seattle. We’ll look for an update on Kirk on Sunday morning. Cardinals-Seahawks doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

Buffalo
11:10am EDT 10/27/19

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He averaged 9.25 targets over the first 4 games of the season and should return to a big role in Arizona’s passing game. Kirk is at least a WR3 for Week 8. Rookie WR KeeSean Johnson is a healthy scratch today.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) remained limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. HC Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that he’s “hopeful” that Kirk will return after missing the past 3 weeks. We’ll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday.

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