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Patrick Peterson To Take Concussion Tests

Notebook: Taylor could miss "significant time"; Cooper improving but O-line change not imminent


Cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) takes a blow to the head from Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) after Cardinals safety Deone Bucannon (36) crashed into both players Sunday.

Patrick Peterson will go through concussion protocol this week for the Cardinals, but judging by the way the cornerback has been described, Peterson made it through his scary hit in Sunday's game OK.

Peterson laid on the grass facedown for a little bit after his attempt to tackle Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin came at the same

time teammate Deone Bucannon blew in to tackle Maclin – and when Bucannon's helmet collided with Maclin's, which then collided with Peterson's.

Maclin returned to the game. Peterson did not. But Peterson was waiting for his teammates in the locker room after the dramatic 24-20 win.

"When we came in at the end of the game, Pat was jumping around, slapping guys in the head, jumping on people's backs, hugging people," safety Rashad Johnson said Monday. "I was like, 'Dude, don't you have a concussion? You should be sitting down in a dark room with your eyes closed or something.' But he was like the strength coach that jumps around crazy when the game is over. You could tell he was feeling better."

Coach Bruce Arians said Peterson was never unconscious, and said Peterson seemed OK.

"We'll be careful like we always are with those things," Arians said, adding "he's in the locker room jumping around, joking, right now."

Peterson wasn't the only one who must go through concussion protocol this week. Safety Tony Jefferson played the entire game, but Arians said he presented with concussion symptoms overnight and into the morning.


Running back Stepfan Taylor played only five offensive snaps Sunday and didn't get a rushing attempt before leaving the game

with a calf strain. Arians said Taylor could miss "significant time," and another running back could be added to the roster. Arians said he liked Kerwynn Williams, the running back the team has on the practice squad, so a promotion is possible.

Fellow running back Marion Grice, in his first game Sunday, did not play an offensive snap. Robert Hughes was in on 10 offensive plays and made a key third-down catch.

Andre Ellington was the only Cardinal with a rushing attempt Sunday, with 23 carries (for 71 yards). Ellington became the first Cardinal to be the only player with a rush attempt in a game since Michael Pittman had all 19 Arizona carries in Cincinnati Dec. 3, 2000.

"Marion will slide up the depth chart," Arians said. "Robert could get some time depending on what the situation is and what package, but yeah, Marion will be the next guy up."


Early Monday, General Manager Steve Keim said he wouldn't be surprised to see guard , the team's No. 1 pick from 2013, be worked into the lineup some in the next few weeks. Arians said Cooper has indeed started to look like his old self, but cautioned against any Cooper expectations.

"There's no hesitancy to put him in," Arians said, "but we're not going to change our lineup either."

Cooper was used as a tight end in a short-yardage package against Philadelphia.

Images of the go-ahead, 75-yard touchdown reception by WR John Brown

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