AFC West: Alex Okafor

TEMPE, Ariz. --Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was back wearing sneakers Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians said -- a sign that his left foot is improving.

Ellington spent Tuesday in a walking boot, which he had on during the open portion of practice Wednesday. Arians said his starting back was less sore than he expected two days after Monday's 18-17 win over the San Diego Chargers in which he rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries and caught five passes for 27 yards.

"It's much better than we hoped," Arians said.

Ellington was one of three Cardinals who did not practice Wednesday. Defensive tackle Frostee Rucker and linebacker Alex Okafor were on stationary bikes during the open portion of practice.

Rucker played just three snaps before leaving with a calf injury that's been affecting him for a while, Arians said.

"It'll be doubtful for this week," Arians said. "We'll see how it goes day-to-day.

"We don't want it to be a season-long thing, so we'll watch it but I would doubt if he plays this week.

Quarterback Carson Palmer (right shoulder) appeared on the injury report Wednesday. He was limited, along with right guard Paul Fanaika (knee), safety Rashad Johnson (ankle) and punter Dave Zastudil (left groin).

Safety Tyrann Mathieu (knee) practiced in full.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was not on Wednesday's injury report. He spent all three days on it last week with a knee injury.
Expect the Denver Broncos to add a pass-rusher to their list of draft needs.

Elvis Dumervil moved on after the infamous fax-machine fiasco. The team is looking for a replacement, but talks with Dwight Freeney and John Abraham are reportedly not going well. Still, I can see Freeney backing off on big contract demands because he very likely won’t get what he wants.

Assuming then that the Broncos look for a complement to star pass-rusher Von Miller in the early rounds, let’s look at some potential fits:

Tank Carradine, Florida State: He is coming off a major knee injury. He should be available when Denver picks at No. 28. He has great film.

Margus Hunt, SMU: He is raw and will be 26 when the NFL season starts. More likely a second- or third-round prospect. He does have strong pass-rush ability.

Sam Montgomery, LSU: Probably more of a second-round pick. He has a chance to be a complete player.

Damontre Moore, Texas A&M: Moore has been falling down some boards after a poor showing at the NFL combine and in interviews. But he is only 20 and has produced on the field -- so falling to No. 28 might be a stretch. He’d be a great value there and I’m sure he’d love to reunite with Miller.

Alex Okafor, Texas: He might be more of a second-round pick. He has a chance to develop into a good pass-rusher.