Cardinals running back T.J. Logan returns a kick on Thursday against the Cowboys.
T.J. Logan gave a peek of his potential in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, but that will be the only glimpse for the foreseeable future.
The Cardinals' rookie running back will miss 12 weeks after suffering a dislocated wrist late in the preseason contest against the Cowboys, coach Bruce Arians said. Logan will have surgery and be placed on injured reserve. The team is allowed to bring back two players from IR during the season, and he will be a candidate when healthy around Week 8.
"It's a blow to him," Arians said. "He was just about to make a nice role for himself. He obviously looked electric on the kick returns and the punt returns. Somebody else is going to have to step up and do it."
Arians said Logan had cemented his role as the team's returner, but now replacements must be found. Running back Kerwynn Williams, wide receiver John Brown, wide receiver Chad Williams and safety Rudy Ford will be the main candidates.
Kerwynn Williams has returned kicks for the Cardinals in the past but is hoping to add punt return duty as well.
"I want to expand my role on special teams," Williams said. "I'm doing whatever I can to contribute to this team."
Logan's injury changes the complexion of the running backs room. David Johnson is the starter, but it increases the likelihood that Chris Johnson, Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington all make the team. Elijhaa Penny is the young running back attempting to surpass a veteran on the depth chart.
"It's real tough (competition)," Arians said. "Everybody is explosive. They all pass block well. It's a good battle."
DREW STANTON STILL FAVORITE TO REMAIN BACKUP QUARTERBACK
After watching the tape, Arians came away impressed by Blaine Gabbert's preseason debut with the Cardinals. Even so, it's not going to be easy for him to usurp Drew Stanton as the backup.
"There's a chance, but it's a long way to go," Arians said. "Drew just knows the offense so well."
While some were quick to discount Gabbert's night because it came against a Dallas defense filled with backups, Arians didn't see it that way.
"The guys he was playing with, it was our seconds and their seconds," Arians said. "When you play good, you play good. I don't care who it's against. I don't think it mattered who was out there. He was throwing to the right guys, and those were big-time throws."
Second-round pick Budda Baker also caught Arians' eye after film review. The safety made nine tackles and Arians was impressed with Baker's pass coverage.
"It's a shame he missed all of OTAs, because he'd be way, way ahead of where he is right now," Arians said. "He'd be pressing some guys in that first group."
Baker said he doesn't want to get too caught up gazing at the depth chart.
"I'm not trying to think about the future," he said. "If I get better day by day, once the regular season comes up, I'll be at my best."
STARTERS WILL SEE ACTION AGAINST RAIDERS
After sitting in the preseason opener, Arians expects his starters to play about 15 snaps next Saturday against Oakland. Wide receiver John Brown may not be one of them as he continues to remain sidelined with a quadriceps injury.
"It'll be very iffy," Arians said.
Linebacker Karlos Dansby didn't practice again on Saturday with a leg injury, but Arians doesn't seem concerned. Linebacker Jarvis Jones will miss about a week with a back injury, Arians said.
Some good news on the injury front: Arians said money linebacker Deone Bucannon (ankle) is still on track to play in the regular season opener against Detroit. Bucannon remains on the physically unable to perform list.
CARDINALS ADD TWO LINEBACKERS
The inside linebacker unit has been hit hard by injuries in training camp, and the Cardinals added depth to the group by signing Josh Bynes and Terence Waugh on Saturday.
Wide receiver Larry Clark was released and linebacker Gabe Martin (Achilles) was waived/injured to make room.
Images from the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday in Canton, Ohio