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Josh Rosen Wants To Play, But No Decision Yet

Notes: Quarterback says thumb is fine; Foster goes to IR

Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (right) talks with Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz Sunday after Arizona's win.
Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (right) talks with Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz Sunday after Arizona's win.

Josh Rosen might play in Thursday night's preseason finale. He might not.

Coach Steve Wilks is still trying to figure it out, but the rookie quarterback not surprisingly would like to give it a go.

Rosen was talking Tuesday about how he still sometimes has some hesitation in the pocket on passing plays, "but that's why I'm trying to convince coach to let me play in this last preseason game," he said with a smile.

Rosen said the thumb injury he suffered in practice last week is fine. Wilks acknowledged Rosen can play if the coach decided that was best. He just hasn't come to a definite conclusion yet.

"It's still up in the air," Wilks said, saying he won't make a final decision until game day.

Rosen had no problems in practice Tuesday taking snaps under center, Wilks said, and Rosen's execution was "on point." Wilks admitted he wants Rosen to play to simply get more looks at live defenses. Part of the issue is who would play with Rosen – Wilks said he's still trying to figure out how much starters will play, if at all, and the question of what offensive line Rosen would play with is something to consider.

Wilks said even if Rosen doesn't play, he's in position to be No. 2 on the depth chart going into the regular season. Rosen doesn't doubt that, but it doesn't mean he wouldn't like more work.

"I think all reps are good reps," Rosen said. "I'd love to take as many as possible."


Tight end Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) and linebacker Markus Golden (knee) remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list, and time is running out for them to come off before the regular season.

If one or both remain on the PUP list after final cuts, it will save the Cardinals the roster spot, but that player must miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

"It's going to be close," Wilks said. "The conversations we've had, they are progressing, so as we finish up next week they are going to be right there on the cusp."


The Cardinals officially placed running back D.J. Foster on injured reserve Tuesday with his knee injury. To replace him on the roster, they re-signed running back Darius Victor, who was on the roster in the spring before being released May 1 as the rookie class arrived.

Images of the Cardinals' eight forced turnovers on Sunday against the Cowboys

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