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TEMPE, Ariz. — Adrian Peterson’s status for the rest of this season is in jeopardy.

Arizona Cardinals’ coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday he wasn’t sure if the running back will return from the neck injury that he suffered on Nov. 26 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I have no idea,” Arians said when asked if Peterson will play again this season.

Arians added that there hasn’t been any progress on Peterson’s injury. Peterson missed his seventh straight practice on Wednesday. He didn’t play in Arizona’s past two games. And he is unlikely to play Sunday at the Washington Redskins.

Adrian Peterson has rushed for 529 yards with two touchdowns this season.

Adrian Peterson has rushed for 529 yards with two touchdowns this season.

Peterson has a history of returning from injuries in expedient fashion.

Most notably, he returned from a torn ACL suffered late in the 2011 season to rush for 2,097 yards and win the NFL MVP award in 2012.

He missed 11 games last season with a torn meniscus and also sat out games in 2013, 2011, 2010 and 2007 with injuries.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — David Johnson’s return from a fractured wrist won’t begin in earnest until mid-November.

The Arizona Cardinals running back told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on the “Know Them From Adam” podcast that he still has to wear his cast for “a couple more weeks” before he can start rehabilitating.

When asked when he thinks a return is possible, Johnson said, “I really don’t know.” Johnson did say the Cardinals’ record won’t impact his timeline.

“Health is totally separate,” Johnson said. “I’m really just trying to get back on the field as quick as possible. Record doesn’t mean anything.”
Johnson suffered the injury in the season opener against the Detroit Lions. His doctor told him a wrist injury is “tricky” to recover from because of the number of small bones and ligaments around the wrist.

David Johnson hasn't played since he was injured in Week 1 against the Lions.

David Johnson hasn’t played since he was injured in Week 1 against the Lions.

Once the cast is removed, Johnson will have to work on getting rid of the soreness and stiffness in his wrist, a process that will determine when he can return. Johnson just recently began working out; doctors previously advised him against it because sweat could’ve gotten into his stitches and caused an infection.

On Tuesday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was asked whether he anticipates both Johnson and fellow injured running back T.J. Logan returning this season.

“Right now, I doubt it,” Arians said.

The Cardinals (3-4) will be in the midst of Week 11 in two weeks, when Johnson might be able to shed his cast, leaving seven regular-season games to play.

“We’ll see from there how stiff the wrist is and see how long it’ll take for me to go through rehab,” Johnson said.

Johnson gained 1,239 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards last season, and he scored 20 touchdowns. Adrian Peterson, acquired from the New Orleans Saints in an Oct. 10 trade, is now the Cardinals’ starting running back and has rushed for 155 yards in two games.

Arizona had a bye last week and is preparing to visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Roger Goodell in the question and answer session about the national anthem, Ethiopia Elliott

GLENDALE, Ariz. — While NFL commissioner Roger Goodell considers the national anthem a “special moment” and a “point of pride,” he wants to respect the rights of players across the league to sit during the anthem as a form of protest.

Goodell voiced his feelings during a question-and-answer session for Arizona Cardinals season-ticket holders before training camp Monday. A question was posed to Goodell about whether anthem protests this season were “going to be another problem.”

On Saturday, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on a cooler during the national anthem before a preseason game against the Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat for the anthem before his game at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
“It’s one of those things where we have to understand that there are people who have different viewpoints,” Goodell said. “It’s something that I think everybody wants. The national anthem is a special moment for me. It’s a point of pride. That is a really important moment but we also have to understand the other side — that people do have rights, and we want to respect those.”

Goodell said he had a similar discussion during a New York Jets fan forum a couple weeks ago. A player, whom Goodell did not name, was asked about the ongoing silent protest, Goodell said. The player, according to Goodell, said there was “a time and a place” to engage in protest.

That, Goodell said Monday, is one of the key components for players to recognize.

“That’s what we all have to, sort of, understand — the responsibility of doing it at the right time and in the right way,” Goodell said.

“Protest to progress is what I call it. We all have to recognize that people want to see change. Let’s go out and try to make that happen in a peaceful and an important way.”

Goodell touched on other topics, as well.

He said the NFL never likes to see two star players get suspended to start consecutive seasons, as was the case with New England quarterback Tom Brady missing four games in 2016 and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott sentenced to a six-game suspension this year. “Those things are dictated by circumstances,” Goodell said. “We do everything we can to make sure that we’re enforcing our policies and holding standards to the highest level. That’s an unfortunate part of that, but that is what you do.”

Goodell said the NFL has not heard from fans who are concerned about traveling to London for this season’s slate of International Series games despite two major terror attacks in England this year, and that ticket sales remain strong. “We’re not seeing that in our ticket sales,” Goodell said. “Obviously there could be fans who look at that and say, ‘That’s not something we want to do,’ but we’re not seeing that. Our ticket sales will be stronger than ever.”

Despite the National Institute of Health’s decision to let its partnership with the NFL expire on Aug. 31 with about $16 million of a $30 million donation from 2012 unused, Goodell said the league is committed to spending the remainder of its pledge. “We’re working with the NIH to figure out how to spend that effectively and do it to support research that’s so badly needed,” Goodell said.

Goodell said he spoke with between 80 and 100 players, including Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, about the NFL’s decision to relax celebration penalties.

While Goodell says adding 21 full-time officials will help make officiating “a little more consistent,” he understands they won’t be a “silver bullet.” “I don’t think it’s going to solve all our problems,” Goodell said. “These guys are human. They’re going to make mistakes, but I do think it’ll be a benefit.”

Goodell called the current era of football — with all the research that’s going into head injuries, and all the advancements in technology in and around the game — the best time to be playing the sport: “I think there’s never been a better time to play football and a safer time to play football.”

Goodell doesn’t think the quality of the preseason games matches the quality of the regular-season games “by any stretch of the imagination,” which could eventually lead to the reduction of the preseason from four to three games. Goodell said he asked Cardinals coach Bruce Arians if teams could prepare their players the same way with three preseason games instead of four, and Arians said it’s possible.

Goodell said the NFL is considering a developmental league that would take place in the fall or spring and allow teams to get players into their system and run their plays.

The NFL is “evaluating” a game in China, Goodell said. “That’s something we’d like to do.”

Arizona Cardinals release LB Daryl Washington

Daryl Washington was recently reinstated by the NFL, but he won’t return as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals released Washington on Thursday. The linebacker met with team president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians earlier this week.

“After meeting with Daryl Washington, we have collectively decided it is best to release Daryl and give him the opportunity to continue his career elsewhere,” the team said in a statement.

“I want to thank the Cardinals organization, especially Mr. Bidwill and Steve Keim for drafting and believing in me, and their continued support,” Washington released in a statement. “We’ve had some really positive and productive discussions this week, and at the end of the day we mutually agreed it was best for both sides to get a fresh start. I’m in the best shape of my life, and very much look forward to the next opportunity, where I will again play at an All-Pro level and help my team make a championship run.”

Washington, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2013, was conditionally reinstated by the NFL earlier this week. He had been suspended since May 2014 for violating the league’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The ban was tied to a marijuana violation, for which Washington sought counseling.

The Cardinals’ decision to part ways with Washington came a day after Bidwill told Adam Schein on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio the team needed to process whether the linebacker could be part of their plans.

Arizona ultimately decided to let the 30-year-old linebacker pursue other opportunities.

Once one of the rangiest linebackers in the NFL, upon his reinstatement Washington insisted he was in the “best shape” of his life.

Given the time away from playing and off-field history, it would be a surprise if a team gave Washington a shot to play in 2017.

Andre Ellington returned to the Cardinals for a year

The Arizona Cardinals re-signed running back Andre Ellington to a one-year deal, the team announced Monday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Ellington, who turned 28 in February, has had an underachieving four years with the Cardinals, capped last season by a career-low 46 touches accounting for 181 total yards.

Known for his speed and quickness, Ellington was Arizona’s feature back as a rookie in 2013 and again in 2014. However, injuries prevented him from maximizing his potential as he suffered a hip pointer, hip flexor, turf toe, a torn foot tendon and a PCL injury during his time in Arizona.

Ellington may have been the most impacted by David Johnson’s arrival to the Cardinals in 2015, as his touches dropped significantly the last two seasons from 247 in 2014 to 60 in 2015.