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Cardinals Open Practice Window For Chase Edmonds

Brewer, Washington are also designated to return from IR

Running back Chase Edmonds runs for a touchdown against the Packers earlier this season.
Running back Chase Edmonds runs for a touchdown against the Packers earlier this season.

Last week, the Cardinals added back Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins to the offense.

This week, it might be Chase Edmonds.

The Cardinals officially designated the running back to return on Thursday morning, opening his 21-day practice window to come off Injured Reserve. Edmonds has not played since getting spraining his ankle on the opening offensive play of the game in San Francisco Nov. 7.

Also designated to return were long snapper Aaron Brewer (broken arm) and safety Charles Washington (hamstring). The Cardinals could activate any of the three as late as Monday at 2 p.m., prior to the 6:15 p.m. kickoff against the Rams that night.

The Cardinals only have 49 currently on the active roster, so two could be activated without a corresponding cut, although if Brewer is ready, it's unlikely the team would keep Beau Brinkley.

Edmonds isn't the only running back potentially returning. Jonathan Ward was activated off the Covid list, and is tracking to be available for the first time after a concussion and Covid since the Green Bay game Oct. 28.

The Cardinals also re-signed running back Tavien Feaster to the practice squad.

On Wednesday, coach Kliff Kingsbury acknowledged he was looking forward to getting back his offense intact. Not only is Edmonds a potential return, but so too is starting left guard Justin Pugh, who has been out with a calf injury.

"If you can get that healthy – luckily a lot of those injuries haven't been season-ending – so if you could get that healthy late in December and finish on the right note, it would be huge," Kingsbury said. "I really felt like it was coming together there when we did have those guys healthy, and then had a couple of guys get banged up.

"Now we're trying to put it all back together and see what it looks like when everybody is healthy and running around out there. I'm really excited to get them all back and see what we can be to close this deal out."