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Rondale Moore listed as out for Week 1 vs. Chiefs

We break down news that Rondale Moore has a hamstring injury. What it means for Week 1 and beyond.

DECEMBER 19: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) runs wide with a screen pass during the game between the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday December 19, 2021 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Sep 9 late update: Moore has been ruled out for Week 1. Greg Dortch and Andy Isabella should see an increase in snaps.

Sep 9 noon update: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury gave Moore a 50/50 chance of playing despite his hamstring injury, per Tyler Drake. That’s good news as far as the severity of the injury. We’ll see what the injury report says about his status here in a few hours.

Sep 9 early update: Moore wasn’t practicing on Friday during the open part of practice, per Josh Weinfuss. We are still waiting on news as to how serious his hamstring injury is, but for now it looks like he will miss Week 1 against the Chiefs. Andy Isabella and Greg Dortch should see increased snaps if Moore can’t go.

Sep 8 update: Moore was injured his hamstring in practice today, per Aaron Wilson. He will get an MRI to see how serious the injury is. Marquise Brown, A.J. Green and Andy Isabella would be the Top 3 wide receivers, while Zach Ertz, or Maxx Williams would be the starting tight end depending on Ertz’s calf injury.

Sep 7 update: Moore did not show up on the team’s Wednesday injury report to open the week, which suggests he is good to go for Sunday’s game.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury mentioned that wide receiver Rondale Moore is one of four players that will be a “close call” for Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Moore is dealing with an unspecified injury per Kingsbury, who strayed away from elaborating on the details. The Cardinals coach deemed the wideout to be day-to-day when assessing his potential playing status for the season opener.

Fantasy football implications

Moore has a potential golden opportunity awaiting him to start the season, should his health not be a hindrance. Arizona’s top wideout Deandre Hopkins is suspended for the first six games of the season, opening up more targets and opportunities for the larger receiving corps than usual. If Moore can start the season opener then he has a great opportunity to be a go-to option for Kyler Murray early on.

Should Moore sit on the sidelines expect both A.J. Green and the newly added Marquise Brown to accumulate targets in his absence. Murray ranked fourth among quarterbacks in 2021 in yards per attempt (7.9), indicating his fondness for stretching the field. Green averaged 15.7 yards per reception last season and Brown finished with 11.1 yards per reception respectively. Both are suitable fantasy options in Arizona’s pass-happy offense. Andy Isabella sits behind Moore on the Cardinals’ depth chart and could be in line for his targets if he cannot suit up for Week 1.