The Arizona Cardinals will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers for their Week 13 matchup this Sunday, and tight end Trey McBride is dealing with a groin injury ahead of the matchup. He did not practice on Wednesday, and his status will have to be monitored heading into the weekend.
Trey McBride injury updates
Friday PM update: McBride is listed as questionable this week against the Steelers. He was able to get in limited work on Thursday and Friday, but groin injuries don’t take much to have a setback. This is an early game, so we will know his status before you need to set your lineups.
Friday update: McBride was back at practice for the second day in a row on Friday. We will get his official injury status later in the afternoon.
Thursday PM update: Despite not being seen at practice during the media portion, McBride was able to get in a limited practice. That’s good news, but we’ll have to see how much work he can do on Friday to see what his chances are of playing.
Thursday update: ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss reported that McBride was not out on the field during the open portion practice on Wednesday. That’s the second straight day he has missed practice, which doesn’t bode well for his prospects of playing this Sunday.
Fantasy football analysis
McBride’s potential absence would be a huge blow to a Cardinals team that could be officially eliminated from playoff contention this weekend. The tight end has been the No. 2 receiving option in Arizona this season, catching 48 targets for 521 yards and a touchdown. His injury further cripples the Cardinal’s tight end depth with the team outright releasing Zach Ertz on Thursday. If McBride isn’t able to go, Geoff Swaim would fill the role.
With the No. 2 receiving option potentially out, I’d take the over on rushing yard props for both Kyler Murray and James Conner. The Cardinals would most likely lean on their ground game to carry them through.