Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, teammates react to Michael Floyd's arrest

Posted at 3:49 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 20:30:09-05

It was a rough Monday all around for the Arizona Cardinals.

The team was already coming off a last-second defeat at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday that effectively ended their playoff hopes. Less than 24 hours later, word spread that Cards wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested in Scottsdale on Monday morning on suspicion of DUI.

During his weekly press conference Monday afternoon, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians addressed the Floyd situation before he was even asked about it.

"I'm gathering as much information as I can right now on what happened and what our options are going forward. I'll probably have more information on that by Wednesday," he said. "Right now it's way too soon to know actually what happened and what can be done."

Arians said he's talked to Floyd since the arrest and confirmed no teammates were with Floyd in the vehicle. Arians said Floyd "just told me the facts" about the situation.

"We always talk about not being the guy and making correct decisions," Arians said. "Like I said, we'll get all the info hopefully later today and tomorrow on what was done and what will be done."

Floyd's contract with the Cardinals expires at the end of the season, which is why his under-performance on the field and Monday's poor decision off the field have come as quite a shock.

Rather than increase his future free-agency value this season, Floyd's stock has dropped like the world markets did on the night of the Brexit vote.

"I don't really have a comment on that one. That's too obvious," Arians said when asked about whether Floyd has cost himself money with his sub-par showing in 2016.

Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell took a more positive tone, as he praised his teammate and said he hopes Floyd will take care of himself.

"Mike's a great guy, love playing for him, so I just hope he's OK," Campbell said. "I don't even know much about the whole situation. I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet. But Mike's a great teammate."

Wide receiver J.J. Nelson, who scored two of the Cardinals' three touchdowns Sunday, said he's not interested in discussing the incident but said Floyd is "a great person" and "like a big brother to me."

Cards veteran defensive end Frostee Rucker said he's confident that Floyd, who was also cited for underage drinking during his collegiate days at Notre Dame, will take Monday's incident as a learning experience.

"It's unfortunate. I'm sure he'll learn from it," Rucker said. "I don't know everything about it, but Mike's a good kid and I hope he'll learn from it, and I wish him all the best."