Harrison Butker, the Chiefs’ kicker, missed another day of practise, and it does not appear that he will be available on Sunday. Although Butker is “attacking” the rehabilitation process, special teams coach Dave Toub indicated on Thursday that Butker will need at least another week.
Harrison Butker is still unable to practise
Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star reported that Toub stated, “The edema was pretty bad in his ankle.” “It reached his toes, and the blood followed it all the way up. It looked fairly awful. They are reducing the swelling in his foot, and now he simply needs time for the injury to heal.
Butker’s ankle injury in the first game of the season forced safety Justin Reid to assist with the kicking duties. When Butker was out of the Chargers game last week, Matt Ammendola kicked field goals of 19 and 31 yards and made all three extra points.
Sunday’s game between the Cardinals and Rams is their fourth this year.
The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, who will square off on Sunday for the fourth time in the previous year, don’t have many secrets between them. It’s also no secret that the Rams have had a significant advantage recently.
In the rivalry dating back to 2017, the defending Super Bowl champions have won 10 of 11 games, including a lopsided 34-11 playoff victory in the NFC wild-card stage.
The Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said, “They’ve certainly had our number here for a long time and that’s not lost upon us, but we’re just trying to improve.” “We have started out so slowly the last two weeks, and we got 12 penalties last week.” We need to concentrate on a lot of things.
We are aware of their talent and that they are the defending champions, so this week has truly been about us becoming better.
The remarkable comeback victory last week has the Cardinals (1-0) in a high mood. At the half, Arizona trailed Las Vegas 20-0, but with 3:51 remaining in overtime, Byron Murphy Jr. returned Hunter Renfrow’s fumble 59 yards for a score, giving Arizona a 29-23 victory.
Following a difficult loss to Buffalo in Week 1, the Rams (1-1) defeated Atlanta 31-27 the previous week.
“I think they recognize us.” Regarding the rivalry, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford remarked, “We know them. Every year is a little bit different in terms of players, systems, how those players fit into those schemes, and other factors. However, they have a very talented football team.
Last year, the Cardinals did defeat the Rams once, 37-20 in Inglewood.
Kyler Murray, the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, claimed that despite how challenging it can be, he enjoys playing against the Rams, who include defensive end Aaron Donald, a seven-time All-Pro.
Because Donald isn’t going to be around forever or play the game forever, Murray said he has come to appreciate and love the opportunity to play against him. “It is a privilege to fight with him as well as alongside him on the field of combat. I see it that way because, as I said, he is among the best to have ever done it.
Since the Cardinals selected Murray first overall in the 2019 draught, there has been a paradox: the elusive quarterback performs best when he runs the ball, yet doing so also raises his chance of injury.
Murray had an excellent job picking his places against the Raiders, according to Kingsbury. During Arizona’s comeback victory over Las Vegas, the fourth-year quarterback produced a number of remarkable plays, including a 20-second scramble for a vital 2-point convert.
He seized the possibilities when they presented themselves, according to Kingsbury. I believed he made smart choices regarding when to take off and when to maneuver.
Although Arizona’s defence has yet to intercept a pass this year, Stafford has been kind to the Rams’ most recent opponents.
The seasoned quarterback leads the NFL with five interceptions through the first two weeks. In his first year in Los Angeles, he tied for the league lead with 17 interceptions last season. Including the Rams’ final two playoff triumphs, Stafford has thrown eight picks in his last four contests.
Despite coach Sean McVay primarily avoiding lengthy downfield routes in one of the NFL’s more conservative passing strategies, Stafford has vowed to reduce his turnovers, which have occurred.
After one week as the starter, Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons was demoted, but in Week 2 he forced Renfrow to fumble, which Murphy recovered and scored the OT touchdown.
In his first three seasons with the Cardinals, Simmons—a first-round selection out of Clemson in 2020—has been a mystery, and it’s unclear where he will go from here. Due to his inconsistent play against the Raiders, he was only on the field for 15 plays, yet he is known for making major plays.
Stafford’s carelessness has been made up for by the Rams defense, which has made seven interceptions in the first two weeks of the season, tying Buffalo for the most in the league. Last season, the defense only had 25 total takeaways.
The game-winning interception against Atlanta last week by All-Pro defensive back Jalen Ramsey was one of seven players with takeaways. With starting defensive back David Long potentially sidelined with a groin injury and promising rookie Cobie Durant doubtful to play this week, the Rams may need Ramsey to make a difference once more.
The good news for the Cardinals is that defensive tackle J.J. Watt is reasonably healthy and should play on Sunday.
The five-time All-Pro continues to be productive when he is on the field as evidenced by Watt’s sack last week against the Raiders. He helped the Cardinals defeat the Raiders last week by preventing them from conceding a score after the break.
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