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With Bobby Massie Return, Cardinals Consider Line

Notes: Iupati also should return this week; Nelson out with shoulder injury

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The Cardinals get tackle Bobby Massie back from suspension this week.


Bobby Massie's two-game suspension is over. What role the tackle has, however, has not yet been determined.

Coach Bruce Arians didn't make any proclamations Monday. The Cardinals not only get Massie back this week but also likely will have guard Mike Iupati available after his preseason knee surgery. The Cardinals are also 2-0 without both, and have yet to allow a sack this season.

Iupati's return on the left side – Ted Larsen is currently starting – is more a matter of when and not if, given Iupati's status as top

free-agent signee of the offseason. Massie is trying to get the job back from Earl Watford.

"We are going to talk about that a lot more today and tomorrow before we make any decisions because we are playing pretty well right now," Arians said. "We will see how those guys are and ready to go if we make the changes. We will find out more Wednesday."

Arians said Iupati has some swelling on his knee last week but that it seemed manageable. But the week of practice will likely determine his fate. Iupati wants to play, given that this week's opponent is his former team, the 49ers.

"I would think he'd want to get into this one," Arians said. "His style of game too."

Arians praised Watford for the job he has done in run blocking, but said he had allowed too many hits on quarterback Carson Palmer. He said the decision will come down to "Bobby's history to where Earl is at right now."

Neither Massie nor Watford was available during Monday's open locker room session. The Cardinals will have to make a move to create a spot for Massie on the 53-man roster.

"For (Watford) to do the job he did I thought was outstanding," Arians said. "Whether it was good enough for him to maintain it, we will see."

Appearing on Arizona Sports 98.7, General Manager Steve Keim said he would defer to the coaches on terms of how the lineup should go, but that Watford "has earned the right to be on the field."

Massie is scheduled to become a free agent after this season.

NELSON SIDELINED WITH SHOULDER INJURY

Rookie wide receiver J.J. Nelson is out for 2-to-4 weeks with a right shoulder subluxation, Arians said. That could mean Brittan Golden, who has been inactive the first two games, is elevated to the game-day roster. Golden could also return punts, which was Nelson's job. Arians said cornerback Patrick Peterson could "possibly" return more punts with Nelson sidelined.

Arians also said linebacker LaMarr Woodley (shoulder) was sore and would be limited when practice begins Wednesday.

PALMER TO THE END

Arians said even with the Cardinals holding a big fourth-quarter lead that he never considered putting quarterback Carson Palmer on the bench.

"That's the way I coach," Arians said. "The game is never over until it's over."



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