Xavier Rhodes Injury

On Friday, the Cardinals’ injury report was bolstered by an unwelcome addition. Hollywood Brown, a wide receiver with the Falcons, has been listed as questionable to play against the Panthers after suffering a foot injury during practice. After taking Wednesday off to recover, Brown was not listed as injured on Thursday’s report.

It includes a few more wideouts, not just him. After the first full week of training camp, A.J. Green (knee) is out and Rondale Moore (hamstring) is labeled as questionable. It will be Moore’s first game of the season if he gets to participate.

Ezekiel Turner (linebacker) and Rashard Lawrence (defensive end) are both out with injuries. Zaven Collins, a linebacker, is doubtful with a shoulder injury; Rodney Hudson, a center, and kicker Matt Prater, a punter, are both dealing with knee and hip issues, respectively.

It appears unlikely that the cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who the Bills signed to their practice squad this week in hopes of bolstering an injury-ravaged secondary, will see any action this weekend.

Rhodes’ hamstring issue, according to Bills head coach Sean McDermott on Friday, makes it highly doubtful that he would be able to play in Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Rhodes, who spent last season with the Colts, has signed with the Bills at a time when three of their corners (Christian Benford, Dane Jackson, and Cam Lewis) are out with injuries. Tre’Davious White is also on the physically unable to perform list, thus he won’t play for at least another game. This week, both Jackson and Lewis have been limited in practice, and they will be labeled as injured later on Friday.

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Career

As cornerbacks to begin the season, Mike Zimmer chose Rhodes and Trae Waynes. Rhodes had a season-high five solo tackles and two pass deflections and an interception against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions on November 23, 2017, a 30-23 victory. Week 13 saw the Vikings win 14-9 on the road against the Atlanta Falcons, as he recorded five solo tackles, matching his season high.

The news that Rhodes had been selected for the 2018 Pro Bowl came out on December 19th, 2017. His 2017 season stats were 56 total tackles (44 solos), 10 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions over 16 games and 16 starts. Rhodes received an 80.2 average rating from Pro Football Focus in 2017, placing him 44th among all eligible cornerbacks.

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The Minnesota Vikings won their division with a 13-3 record and a first-round bye. For example, in the NFC Divisional Round game that the Vikings won 29-24 over the New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018, Rhodes made two solo tackles and two pass deflections.

After losing the NFC Championship Game to the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 38-7 the next week, the Minnesota Vikings were officially eliminated from postseason contention. His 2018 NFL Top 100 Players ranking was #55.

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