Saturday December 6th, 2014

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed the team's announcement that running back Andre Ellington would not be in the lineup for Arizona's home game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Ellington, 25, sustained a hip pointer injury last weekend against the Atlanta Falcons, and is still dealing with a foot injury that has bothered him since earlier this season. The second year back did not practice at all this week.

According to Arians, Stepfan Taylor will replace Ellington as the starter; Marion Grice and Robert Hughes will complete the Cardinals' backfield.

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"We're just going to play it by ear," Arians said. "Each guy's got a little package for this one. There's always a surprise here and there."

In 12 games this season, Ellington has carried 201 times, gaining 660 yards and three touchdowns.

Arians added that wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has missed the last two games with a left MCL sprain, will be a game time decision. Fitzgerald was limited in practice throughout the week.

"[Fitzgerald]'s practiced all week," Arians said. "He's gotten better each day, but he's still not 100 percent."

In addition to Ellington, guard Paul Fanaika, safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Ed Stinson have also been ruled out for Sunday. Linebacker Larry Foote is questionable.

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Despite losing two straight games, including a 19-3 loss to the division rival Seahawks, the Cardinals remain in first place in the NFC West with a 9-3 record. They host the Chiefs at 4:05 pm EST on Dec. 7.

- Christopher Woody

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