Injuries are going to leave the Cardinals shorthanded for the final three weeks, but the shuffle to fill the holes gives us something to keep an eye on the rest of the way. Deone Bucannon's high ankle sprain will probably end his season. Sio Moore took over after the injury last week, recording 3 solo tackles on the final 21 plays. Moore is a player I have talked about often. Whenever given an opportunity to start he has looked good on the field and produced in the box scores. Yet for some reason he has not been able to stick with a team. Moore has the skill set to be an excellent fit at inside backer in the Cardinals scheme. These next three games are his opportunity to audition and an opportunity for fantasy owners to snag a sleeper with upside for the next couple of games and possibly beyond.
Adding more intrigue to the inside linebacker situation; the Cardinals signed former Arizona Wildcats linebacker Scooby Wright off the Brown's taxi squad early in the week as well. Wright was one of my rookie sleepers over the summer. As a sophomore at Arizona he had 100 solo tackles, 64 assists and 15 sacks in 2014. His 2015 season was cut short by injury after three games. Surprisingly Wright elected to forego his senior year and declared for the draft where the Browns picked him up in round seven. He will be a home town favorite in Arizona where Wright will likely provide depth for the final three games. That said it will not be a surprise if the Cardinals elect to take a look at him for a game or two. If he can get back to pre-injury form this could be a steal for the organization in the long run.
Tyvon Branch landed on IR this week with a hernia. Combined with the shoulder injury that continues to keep Tyrann Mathieu out of action, the Cardinals are rather thin at safety. Adding to the secondary woes, corner Marcus Cooper left Sunday's game with a back injury that could shut him down. This is good news for those of us who are counting on D.J. Swearinger and Tony Jefferson as they are the last two safeties standing at a once deep position. Both of these guys should be quality starts for us in week fifteen as the Saints have been an excellent matchup for safeties. Look for Justin Bethel to start at corner opposite Patrick Peterson with Brandon Williams filling out the secondary as the fifth DB.