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Arians: Cards may lose RB Stepfan Taylor for 'significant' time

10/28/2014

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Running back is the latest Arizona Cardinals position bitten by the injury bug.

Second-string back Stepfan Taylor could miss "significant time" with a calf injury, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said during his Monday news conference. Taylor played five snaps in Sunday's 24-20 win against the Eagles before leaving the game in the third quarter.

He did not return.

His absence leaves Arizona with just two running backs who have played this season, Andre Ellington and fullback Robert Hughes. The Cardinals, maybe most notably, are down a running back who can pass protect and be effective in short-yardage situations. Taylor didn't have a carry Sunday, a week after getting 12 carries for a career-high 40 yards in Oakland.

Marion Grice, who was signed on Sept. 23 and was active for the first time Sunday, will likely get into the mix, Arians said.

"Marion will slide up the depth chart," Arians said. "Robert Hughes could get some time depending on what the situation is and what package, but, yeah, Marion will be the next guy up."

The Cardinals may also look into signing another running back, Arians said. A trade is another possibility, but the NFL trade deadline is looming Tuesday at 1 p.m. Arizona time.

Another option is promoting practice squad running back Kerwynn Williams, whom the Cardinals signed on Sept. 18 in the wake of Jonathan Dwyer’s addition to the non-football illness list, to the active roster. Williams is 5-foot-8 and 198 pounds, and was drafted in the seventh round in 2013 by Indianapolis.

"He’s looking really good in practice," Arians said.