Andre Ellington Quietly Racking Up Yards At A Record Pace In Arizona

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 | 0


Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is quietly racking up all-purpose yards at a record pace in 2014.

Recording 653 yards through the first six games of the 2014 season, Ellington has maintained a pace that only four Cardinals have surpassed since 1960 according to the Arizona Republic (via

And he’s done it all with a partially torn tendon in his foot, an injury that has plagued him since before Arizona’s Week 1 win over San Diego and prevented him from practicing all season.

That’s a huge testament to Ellington’s natural ability, skills that Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians believes would be greatly improved if Ellington could get on the same page with the offense in practice. Arians said that Ellington is able to play through the pain in games, but practice is a different story altogether:

“He’s playing through it fine. The problem is he’s not practicing through it and that’s really hurt some of our timing in the passing game. But he’s gutting it up and playing pretty well on Sundays.”

Arians chose to focus on the times that Ellington was found out of place in the passing game against Oakland, where he rushed for 88 yards and had another 72 yards receiving. The head coach was questioned about Ellington’s ability to practice, to which he gave short and simple reply:

“No, he can’t hardly walk.”

If that truly is the case and Ellington can barely walk during the week, then his accomplishments on the field are nothing short of spectacular. It’s hard to envision just how good he would be if he was able to play at his full capacity, but injuries have plagued Ellington going back to his days as a Clemson Tiger.

The foot injury is one that will likely linger all season without extended rest to allow it to heal, so Ellington knows that he’ll be playing through pain for most, if not all, of the 2014 season. Given the historic clip he’s already on, it doesn’t appear to be much of an issue for the shifty second-year running back.

Will he continue to blow up the stat sheet when the Cardinals face off with the generous Philadelphia defense at home in Week 8?

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