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“I feel pretty good, but I think after tomorrow, having two days to get treatment and stuff like that, getting it prepared for the game, it’ll help me out,” Floyd said. “Yeah, I’ll play.”
Floyd returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. During the open portion of practice, Floyd was playing catch with receivers coach Kevin Garver, but couldn’t throw the ball back to Garver overhand.
He said he was able to catch a few passes near or above his shoulders.
“I don’t want to put too much stress on it,” Floyd said.
Floyd was injured late in the fourth quarter when he was hit by Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson. The two went shoulder-to-shoulder, and in replays Floyd can be seen grimacing in pain. A few plays later he went to the sideline and did not return.
“That did not feel good at all,” Floyd said Thursday.
The Cardinals offense is better with Floyd on the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
He’s played in 84 percent of Arizona’s snaps this season, and the Cardinals are averaging 6.9 yards per attempt with Floyd, compared to 6.5 without him.
Quarterback Carson Palmer's QBR is also higher when Floyd plays than when he doesn’t, 39.5 to 26.9.
Floyd has emerged as a productive option on first down for Palmer, catching 17 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown on first down. But Floyd has made bigger plays on second down, turning 13 catches into 206 yards and a score.
Palmer has looked to Floyd 31 times on passes longer than 10 yards, second most on the team, and the 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver has caught 16. On passes 10 yards or shorter, he’s caught 20 of 25 targets -- third best behind Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Ellington.