Arizona Cardinals injury report: Frostee Rucker out, 4 players questionable for Sunday

Posted at 2:14 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-17 13:40:46-04

As expected, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kareem Martin and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker have been ruled out for Sunday's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Four Cardinals -- guard Evan Mathis (foot), wide receiver J.J. Nelson (shoulder), running back Stepfan Taylor (knee) and rookie defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) -- were limited in practice this week and are listed as questionable for the Sunday.

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Rucker is expected to miss 2-3 weeks after suffering the knee injury during last Sunday's loss vs. the visiting New England Patriots.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Mathis could miss up to four weeks with a sprained foot. The two-time Pro Bowler signed with the Cardinals after playing for the Super bowl champion Denver Broncos last season.

Nelson, a second-year pro, missed most of last Sunday's game with the shoulder injury. Nkemdiche, the Cardinals' first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, missed a significant portion of training camp with a high ankle sprain.

On the Buccaneers' side, three linebackers -- Devante Bond (hamstring), Lavonte David (shoulder) and Adarius Glanton -- are all listed as questionable, as are defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle) and safety Ryan Smith (hand).