How long is Chase Edmonds out? Injury timeline, return date, updates on Cardinals RB
The Arizona Cardinals will be without RB Chase Edmonds for multiple weeks after he suffered an ankle injury in Week 9. Edmonds was injured on the Cardinals’ first offensive snap of the game. He wouldn’t return to that game and went on injured reserve (IR) ahead of Arizona’s Week 10 matchup with Carolina. Let’s look at the timeline for Edmonds’ return and who the Cardinals have to step up in his place.
How long will Chase Edmonds’ injury keep him out?
An MRI in Week 10 revealed that the injury suffered by Edmonds was a high ankle sprain. According to recoverypt.com, this injury can occur if the foot is rotated excessively against the lower leg or due to a direct blow to the lower leg while the foot is planted. There are three grades of high ankle sprain: Grade I is a mild sprain, Grade III is more severe.
The positive news is that it has been reported that Edmonds will not require surgery. That decreases his potential recovery time by around 4-6 weeks. He is still expected to miss multiple weeks with the injury. Nonetheless, the hope is he will return ahead of the playoffs.
Edmonds has been placed on injured reserve
Edmonds being placed on the IR ahead of the Cardinals’ Week 10 matchup somewhat clarified the situation regarding his time frame for return. As a result of being placed on the IR, Edmonds will not return to the Cardinals until Week 14.
A stint on the IR is for a minimum of three games. The phrasing of games rather than weeks is key. If it were just three weeks, Edmonds would be eligible to return in Week 13 ahead of the Cardinals’ game against the Bears. However, due to the Cardinals’ Week 12 bye, Edmonds will have to wait until Arizona faces the Rams in Week 14 to be eligible for a return.
Who might the Cardinals turn to at RB for the next few weeks?
Edmonds was second on the team in terms of carries and total touches. James Conner has been receiving the majority of the carries (125). Indeed, Conner leads the league in touchdowns this season through 10 weeks with 11. Edmonds had been serving the role of pass-catching back (37 targets to Conner’s 5) heading into Week 9 against the San Francisco 49ers.
However, with Edmonds out, Conner played a bigger role in the passing offense. Conner saw a season-high 5 targets against the 49ers and was impressive in that role. He took a screen pass for a touchdown and totaled 77 yards on his 5 receptions. Conner then saw a further 4 targets in their Week 10 game against the Carolina Panthers.
With Edmonds out, Eno Benjamin took the secondary role in both Weeks 10 and 11. Between those two games, Benjamin carried the ball 15 times for 58 yards with a touchdown. Interestingly, he did not receive a single target in Week 9 and saw just 1 in Week 10. Additionally, Benjamin was limited in practice with a groin injury heading into Week 11.
The third back on the active roster is Jonathan Ward, who has been in the NFL concussion protocol since Week 9. If Ward remains in the protocol, the Cardinals may have to turn to their practice squad option of Tavien Feaster, especially if Benjamin is limited heading into this weekend.