Cardinals lose 3 starters in 1st half

ATLANTA -- Already dealing with a hip flexor, Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington said he suffered a hip pointer after getting kneed in the second quarter of Sunday's 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

"Got a little bruise, wasn't able to put no pressure on it, so that's pretty much it," Ellington said.

Ellington said he "maybe" could've fought through the injury that knocked him out of the game with 10:19 left in the second quarter while blocking on a Drew Stanton pass, but said it would've been "tough."

Ellington was one of three starters Arizona lost in the first half Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Safety Tyrann Mathieu said he fractured his left thumb while trying to make an open-field tackle in the second quarter. He played for a few more snaps before getting an X-ray, which diagnosed the fracture.

"I thought I jammed it initially," he said.

Mathieu said he can move his thumb "fine" but will have to wear a soft cast on it if he plays. Asked if he expects to be on the field Sunday against Kansas City, Mathieu said he'll take a stab at it.

"Gonna try to," he said. "See how it goes."

Right guard Paul Fanaika suffered a high left ankle sprain after getting rolled up on with 2:53 left in the first half.

None of the trio returned to the game in the second half.

Starting left guard Ted Larsen slid over to replace Fanaika at right guard while Jonathan Cooper filled Larsen's spot. Rookie Marion Grice filled in for Ellington with five carries for 16 yards and three receptions for 24 yards. Tony Jefferson took Mathieu's place.