Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians revealed on Thursday that last season running back Andre Ellington split a tendon in his left foot that limited his time in practice, the coach said while speaking to the media at the annual NFL Scouting Combine.
Last season Ellington started in 12 games for the Cardinals, rushing for 660 yards and three touchdowns on 3.3 yards per rush. He added 395 yards and two touchdowns on 46 receptions.
In his second year, the 26-year-old did not record numbers much different than those of his rookie season, in which he rushed for 652 yards and three touchdowns, but earned 5.5 yards per carry. He caught 39 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown as a rookie, as well.
When asked about Ellington's role next season, Arians said he would remain central to the offense.
Arians: Andre Ellington is still the focal point of the offense.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) February 19, 2015
Arians says Andre Ellington's role "hopefully will expand." He was limited with a split tendon and couldn't practice as much.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 19, 2015
In addition to his foot problems, Ellington was limited by other injuries throughout the season. The running back left the team's Week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons with a "severe" hip pointer injury.
On Dec. 7, Arians announced that Ellington would be placed on injured reserve due to a hernia.
Despite being limited by a number of injuries, the Cardinals finished 11-5 last season and in second place in the NFC West. They were ousted in the Wild Card round of the NFC Playoffs by the Carolina Panthers.
- Jack Jorgensen