2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
4-5, 3rd in NFC West
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1hJosh Weinfuss

Cardinals to start QB Gabbert vs. Texans

Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert will start against the Texans on Sunday, with injured Drew Stanton serving as the backup, if he can.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Whether Drew Stanton will be Blaine Gabbert's backup Sunday will be a game-time decision, coach Bruce Arians said. If Stanton can't go, Matt Barkley will back up Gabbert.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Blaine Gabbert will start at quarterback for the Cardinals on Sunday against the Texans, coach Bruce Arians said. It'll be his first start of the season and his first start since Week 5 of the 2016 season.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Larry Fitzgerald shared his thoughts on Andre Johnson being the first member of the Texans' Ring of Honor, which he'll be inducted to at halftime of Sunday's game. Fitzgerald said he played against Johnson in college and the two have beenm “very close” since. Fitzgerald has “spent a lot of time with him.” Fitzgerald called Johnson consistent, a professional and said he “exudes class.” Fitzgerald also called Johnson “one of the best to ever play the game” and the Ring of Honor was “just a precursor to greater things down the road for him. He's a Hall of Fame talent and I'm happy as a fan of his to be able to witness and see it go up in person.”

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was asked about the last time he played at the Houston Texans. Without hesitation, Fitzgerald recalled the touchdown pass he caught late in the game from John Navarre. “It was a slant route in garbage time,” Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald said he has a photographic memory and could remember “pretty much everything.” He continued: “I remember most every coach I've ever had,” adding that his memory bank dates back to high school. How detailed can he get? Fitzgerald said he could recall the routes.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

If Blaine Gabbert starts for the Cardinals on Sunday, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said “you could possibly be looking to the future. That's one of the reasons he's here.” Goodwin is curious to see what Gabbert can show.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

On Wednesday, during his first meeting of the week with the offensive line, Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin put his notes on the screen and issued this warning about Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney: “Everybody will see him…We want to know where he's at.” Goodwin told his line that Clowney will line up across from every one of them. “We respect him,” Goodwin said. “We're not going to fear him.”

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Expectations for Adrian Peterson versus the Texans (1:06)

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals made Larry Fitzgerald's one-year extension official this morning. He's now under contract contract through the 2018 season.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR John Brown was added to the Cardinals' injury report today with a back injury. Otherwise, DT Corey Peters (ankle) was the only other player not to practice. QB Drew Stanton (knee) was limited again, along with C A.Q. Shipley (shoulder) and RT John Wetzel (back). LB Karlos Dansby returned to practice in a full capacity. WR Brittan Golden (groin) and DT Frostee Rucker (toe/thumb) were also full participants.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

After talking about his matchup with Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins and how he expects to be targeted often Sunday, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson walked with this: "Bring your popcorn."

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Texans hold big edge at home

Houston has crumbled without Deshaun Watson, but FPI likes the Texans' chances to break their three-game losing streak on Sunday. The Cardinals are favored in just one remaining game this season (Week 16 vs. Giants).

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David Johnson keeping in shape with pingpong (1:10)
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2dJosh Weinfuss

Who calls the plays for the Cardinals?

Bruce Arians has long been calling plays, but it appears defenses may have figured him out, as the Cardinals are on pace for the fewest points of his tenure.

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Defense will reign supreme between Arizona and Houston (0:40)

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Carson Palmer walked through the Cardinals locker room today. A cast wasn't noticeable on his left wrist and hand below the sleeve of his sweatshirt as it has been in the past. It's either off or he's had it shortened.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Could Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton put a percentage on his knee today? “I don't have percentages. I don't know. I'd be way off, and I think inaccurate. Probably somewhere around my completion percentage would be off, too.”

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton may have given some insight into what his right knee ailment is during his press conference on Wednesday: “I've had bone bruises in the past and stuff and you deal with it, and the hard thing is you don't know when they heal,” he said. “It's just all of a sudden you go one day and its gone because it's such poor blood circulation, and everything. You can't really do anything to speed up the healing process, then it just becomes a thing of pain management.” Then, when asked to clarify if he was suffering from a bone bruise or a sprain, which was the initial diagnosis reported, Stanton paused and then said: “Whatever… a sprain.”

Team Stats

Passing Yards260.64th
Rushing Yards71.731st
Points For17.227th
Points Against24.823rd

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