A face not seen in Arizona Cardinals practice since the days leading up to the season opener appeared Wednesday morning. That of wide receiver Rondale Moore, who was officially limited with the hamstring injury that has kept him out of practices and the first three games of the season.
Moore's return, if it happens this weekend at Carolina, could be a big boost to an offense that could use one. The Cardinals moved the ball but didn't score a touchdown last week in a 20-12 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, and adding an open field threat in Moore to join Hollywood Brown and Greg Dortch, who have both been productive, might help quarterback Kyler Murray.
Moore figured to have more of a role on offense this season with the departure of Christian Kirk in free agency. But his injury is just one of many the Cardinals have had to deal with so far in the early part of the season.
"He's limited some, but good to get him back out there. And hopefully he progresses to the point that we can get something out of him on Sunday. I don't know to what extent yet," Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said.
The need for Moore might be more critical with A.J. Green looking doubtful to play this week due to a knee injury. Moore had 54 catches for 435 yards including a touchdown as a rookie last season.
"He's a playmaker. He had a really good training camp. We're looking forward to utilizing him in some different ways," Kingsbury said. "But you know, coming off, whatever he's been out, three or four weeks, we'll be smart and limit kind of what he does. But he's definitely got some juice and was playing at a high level in camp. So hopefully he can go."
Murray said Moore looked fresh and rejuvenated on the practice field Monday.
"I know he's been itching and scratching to try to get back out there. But you know, with injuries you've got to take your time. It's a long season. He knows that," Murray said.
The Cardinals without Green and Moore would be down to Brown, Dortch, Andy Isabella and potentially Andre Baccellia back up from the practice squad at wide receiver. There are three other receivers currently on the practice squad.
Long injury report
The Cardinals' daily injury report for Wednesday went far beyond Moore and Green. Brown, offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum and tight end Zach Ertz were given a rest day. But several players were either held out or limited with injuries.
Center Rodney Hudson (knee), guard Justin Pugh (elbow), defensive linemen Rashard Lawrence (hand) and J.J. Watt (calf) and linebacker Zeke Turner (ankle) did not practice.
Linebacker Zaven Collins (left shoulder), running back James Conner (knee), Dortch (back) and kicker Matt Prater (right hip) were all limited, but at this point seem likely to play Sunday.
"I feel good," Collins, hurt in the Rams game, said after Wednesday's practice. "Just got banged up a little bit."
Cornerback Antonio Hamilton remains on injured reserve but is eligible to come off the list after this week. He worked out on the side of practice Wednesday.
"He's moving around good. So, you know, next week, maybe a little aggressive, but we're hopeful," Kingsbury said of Hamilton. "I think we've got to get him out there. See what he's retained, sort of the football stuff and see how he moves around. Make sure he's comfortable. But he looks good in his rehab."
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Several Cardinals players will be among more than 200 NFL players, coaches and executives taking part in a player-led initiative to help grow the game of football around the world, when they wear international flag decals alongside American flag stickers on their helmets this week and next.
The flag decals celebrate players' various nationalities and heritage. Murray will wear a South Korea decal, and other participants include offensive linemen Will Hernandez and Max Garcia (Mexico), Marco Wilson (Puerto Rico), Leki Fotu (Tonga), Michael Dogbe and Victor Dimukeje (Nigeria), Tanner Vallejo (Ecuador), Jesse Luketa (Canada) and Bernhard Seikovits (Austria).
“I’m proud to play with the flag of South Korea on my helmet,” Murray said in a statement from the Cardinals. “It’s a great way to honor my mom, honor my heritage and highlight the diverse backgrounds that make up the NFL.”
The decals will debut at Thursday's practice and will be worn through Arizona's Week 5 game at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. Athletes can choose to wear the flag of another country if they lived in that nation for two years or more, or have a parent or grandparent who was born there.
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