With soreness gone, Ellington ready to play

TEMPE, Ariz. – As much as Andre Ellington missing Sunday’s game hurt the Arizona Cardinals, it benefited the rookie running back.

He missed practice Wednesday and is day-to-day for the rest of the week. But the soreness in his left knee is gone, and Ellington expects to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

“I think by me missing that game kinda helped me out a little bit,” Ellington said. “I feel pretty good where I’m at right now.”

Ellington was running a route during last Thursday’s practice when he felt something in his left knee and pulled up untouched. He was a game-time decision in Philadelphia, but coach Bruce Arians didn't want to risk any further injury.

On Monday, Arians said he didn’t want to rush Ellington back too early because he’s “too young and too valuable.” Ellington is willing to play whenever he needs to, but the rookie also understands why Arians is holding him out.

“I mean, just whatever he says. He’s the head coach,” Ellington said. “He calls the shots. When I’m ready, I’m gonna be ready. When I’m out there I’m going to make plays.”