Cardinals vs. Rams Injury Report: Taylor Rapp Ruled Out, James Conner Questionable, More

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With the NFL regular season in the rearview mirror, 12 of 14 elite teams are gearing up for what should be a wild Wild Card Weekend.

Cardinals (5)-Rams (4) will wrap up the weekend in a standalone game on Monday night. The Rams, who finished 12-5 and earned the fourth seed in the NFC by way of securing the NFC West (they lost the tiebreaker to the Cowboys), will have home-field advantage for this contest. The Cardinals, who finished 11-6, earned the fifth seed and the first of three wild-card spots.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

The final injury report of the week was released on Saturday: 10 players were listed on the Cardinals side (one fewer than yesterday) while the same seven players were listed on the Rams side.

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Cardinals vs. Rams Injury Report

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Saturday Update

The Saturday update for the Cardinals listed no new additions. Running backs James Conner (ribs) and Jonathan Ward (knee) were upgraded from non-participants to limited. Both are questionable for Monday’s game. Running back Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe), cornerback Marco Wilson (shoulder) and defensive ends Zach Allen (ankle) and Jordan Phillips (knee) were upgraded from limited to full. Phillips and Wilson are questionable, as are wide receiver Rondale Moore (ankle) — who was limited for the third day in a row — and left guard Justin Pugh (calf) — the lone downgrade of the day from limited to DNP. Linebacker Isaiah Simmons (NIR – Personal) was removed from the report after a rest DNP yesterday.

The Saturday update for the Rams listed zero new additions as well. Quarterback Matthew Stafford (toe) and cornerback Darious Williams (shoulder) were full participants for the third practice in a row and should be good to go come Monday. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald (rest) and linebacker Leonard Floyd (back) were full participants for the second day after beginning the week with a DNP.

Safety Taylor Rapp (concussion) and running back Buddy Howell (hamstring) were non-participants for the third day in a row. Rapp has been ruled out for Monday while Howell is listed as doubtful. Wide receiver Van Jefferson (shoulder) was limited once again and will carry the questionable tag into the weekend.

Friday Update

The Friday injury report for the Cardinals listed two new additions: Left guard Justin Pugh (calf) was a limited participant today, while linebacker Isaiah Simmons (NIR – Personal) was a non-participant due to non-injury related causes.

Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (NIR – Rest), tight end Zach Ertz (NIR – Rest) and center Rodney Hudson (NIR – Rest) were all removed from the report after their rest day on Thursday. Running backs James Conner (ribs) and Jonathan Ward (knee) were non-participants for the second day in a row, while Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) was limited again. Defensive end Zach Allen (ankle) and cornerback Antonio Hamilton (tooth) were both upgraded from DNPs to limited today.

The Friday injury report for the Rams featured no new additions and some positive news. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald (rest) was upgraded from a non-participant to a full participant after his rest day, as was linebacker Leonard Floyd (back). Safety Taylor Rapp (concussion) and running back Buddy Howell (back), meanwhile, were non-participants for the second day in a row.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford (toe) was a full participant again, as was cornerback Darious Williams (shoulder). Wide receiver Van Jefferson (shoulder) was the only player to be downgraded. Jefferson went from full participation to limited day-over-day.

Thursday Update

The Thursday injury report for the Cardinals was loaded with 12 players total — eight offensive players and four defensive players.

The Arizona offensive players listed were running backs James Conner (ribs), Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) and Jonathan Ward (knee), tight ends Zach Ertz (NIR – Rest) and Demetrius Harris (shoulder), wide receiver Rondale Moore (ankle), left tackle Kelvin Beachum (NIR – Rest) and center Rodney Hudson (NIR – Rest).

Ertz, Beachum and Hudson were non-participants for non-injury related reasons. Conner and Ward were non-participants for rib and knee injuries, respectively. Conner returned to play after a two-game absence in Week 18 and could be a game-time decision this week. Edmonds, however, seems to be trending in the right direction after missing the Cardinals’ season finale. He practiced on a limited basis battling rib and toe injuries. Moore has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and was limited.

The Arizona defensive players listed were defensive ends Zach Allen (ankle) and Jordan Phillips (knee) and cornerbacks Marco Wilson (shoulder) and Antonio Hamilton (tooth). Allen, who was on the injury report last week and ultimately played, and Hamilton, did not practice today. Phillips and Wilson, both of whom did not play in Week 18 with knee and shoulder injuries, respectively, were limited participants today.

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The Thursday injury report for the Rams was lighter with just seven players total — three offensive players and four defensive players.

The Los Angeles offensive players listed were quarterback Matthew Stafford (toe), wide receiver Van Jefferson (shoulder) and running back Buddy Howell (hamstring). Stafford and Jefferson were full participants with toe and shoulder injuries, respectively. Howell was a non-participant while dealing with a hamstring injury.

The Los Angeles defensive players listed were defensive lineman Aaron Donald (rest), safety Taylor Rapp (concussion), linebacker Leonard Floyd (back), and cornerback Darious Williams (shoulder). Donald’s absence was a rest day and not cause for concern. Rapp entered the concussion protocol after Sunday’s game and did not participate in today’s practice. Floyd did not practice either due to a back injury, but the team expects him to play. Williams practiced in full.


NFL Injury Report Glossary

For Daily Practice Statuses

  • DNP: Acronym for “did not participate” in practice that day.
  • LP: Acronym for “limited participation” in practice that day.
  • FP: Acronym for “full participation” in practice that day.
  • (-): Not listed.

For Game Statuses

  • Out: Will not play this week.
  • Doubtful: Unlikely to play this week.
  • Questionable: Not certain to play this week.
  • (-): Not listed (in most cases means “active”).

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