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Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair his right biceps. Jones suffered the injury in Sunday's win over the Jets. Kylie Fitts replaced him and figures to start going forward. Fitts is a 3rd-year player the Bears drafted in Round 6 in 2018. He brings a 78th-percentile speed score but posted just 1 good season of college production. We'll see how he fares, but Fitts isn't on the IDP radar right now.

Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones left Sunday's win over the Jets early with a biceps injury. The Cardinals expect Jones to miss some time, though it's not yet clear how much. It appears that Jones is weighing his options and hoping to not miss the rest of the season. We'll keep an eye out for a return timeline. In the meantime, make sure you get a replacement for your IDP roster. Kylie Fitts came on for Jones against the Jets. He collected 3 tackles (2 solo) and 2 hurries.

Bengals WR A.J. Green suffered a hamstring injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game vs. the Ravens. He was deemed doubtful to return, so don't expect to see him back out there. Green had already been getting out-played by rookie WR Tee Higgins over the past couple of weeks.

Cardinals S Chris Banjo (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Jets. That should leave Deionte Thompson starting in his place, next to returned starter Budda Baker. DL Jordan Phillips is active. He arrived questionable with an illness but is available as a lower-level IDP option.

Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He got back to limited practice this week after missing the past 2 games. Dunbar looks risky as an IDP option, and doesn't come with a high ceiling in the matchup. Try to wait another week, even if he's active. We'll check his status Sunday evening.

Cardinals OLB Devon Kennard (calf) is out for Sunday's game against the Jets. DT Jordan Phillips (illness) is questionable. He missed Thursday and Friday workouts. S Chris Banjo (hamstring) is also questionable. He missed Wednesday practice before limited workouts the next 2 days. We'll check on Phillips and Banjo when the inactives come out Sunday. Neither is worth waiting for in most IDP leagues, though. If Banjo is active, the Deionte Thompson won't be usable.

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.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) put in a full practice on Thursday. He was clearly bothered by that ankle last week, turning 9 targets into just 7 catches and 41 yards. Hopkins should be much closer to 100% for Sunday's plus matchup against the Jets. Start him, obviously.

Cardinals OLB Devon Kennard is inactive for today's game against the Panthers because of a calf injury. That could ding the Arizona pass rush a bit, but it should mean more snaps for veteran Haason Reddick in Kennard's place -- which might not ultimately be a downgrade.

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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 WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. He didn’t practice all week, so he clearly won’t be at 100% today. Still, you’d need to be awfully stacked at WR to bench Hopkins.

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.

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12:10am EDT 10/3/20

The Cardinals have officially ruled S Budda Baker out for Week 4. The move was expected after Baker had thumb surgery this week. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 5. Arizona also ruled out S Chris Banjo (hamstring), leaving the defense down its top 3 safeties against the Panthers. (Jalen Thompson is already on short-term IR.)

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 DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Panthers, HC Kliff Kingsbury said. Hopkins didn't practice all week. Even at less than 100%, though, he'd be tough to bench in fantasy. We'll get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He played a full allotment of snaps last week, and we haven't heard anything about this injury. We'll get another update on Hopkins' status tomorrow.

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.

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3:09pm EDT 9/27/20

Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Cowboys. DE Benson Mayowa (groin) is active but a low-level IDP option at best. There is upside with Cowboys LT Tyron Smith out, though, if you’re looking for down-the-list help.

Cardinals S Budda Baker plans to play against the Lions today despite a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb, according to NFL Network's ian Rapoport. Baker will need surgery afterward, though, and expects to miss the Week 4 visit to Carolina. His absence would likely push S Deionte Thompson into the lineup. It's the same injury that has Eagles WR Jalen Reagor on IR at the moment, so we'll see about Baker's return timeline. Obviously, it's not quite as important for the safety to be able to catch footballs.

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.

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