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Arians rules Stepfan Taylor out for Cowboys game

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Two weeks after having a career high in rushing yards and touchdowns, Arizona Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor will miss the Cowboys game Sunday in Dallas because of a strained calf, Arizona coach Bruce Arians announced.

Taylor said he suffered the injury when he was running down a punt.

“Kinda out of nowhere,” he said.

His calf is getting better already, Taylor said, but the second-year pro is taking it week-by-week. He’s not concerned about the injury lingering.

Taylor is on pace to top his output last season, when he finished with 186 total yards -- 115 rushing and 71 receiving. Through seven games, he has 103 total -- 63 rushing and 40 receiving. He’s scored three touchdowns this season, two coming against Oakland in Week 7, but Taylor didn’t have a carry or a reception Sunday against Philadelphia.

The timing isn’t ideal for Taylor, who grew up in Mansfield, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Coupled with a return home, Taylor’s production will be curtailed for as long as he’s out.

“It’s annoying,” he said. “You want to be out there on the field. That was definitely annoying.”