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December 30, 2019 02:00 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Will avoid offseason surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk admitted that the ankle injury he sustained Week 4 troubled him in the second half of the season, but the wideout said he won't require surgery during the offseason, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. "It's not a fun deal, but I didn't want to miss any more games," Kirk said, who sat out three contests before returning to action Week 8. "If I can get out there and contribute and help the team, I'm going to do it. But to get to the offseason and get healthy and get [the ankle] 100 percent, I can't wait to get it right."

Kirk said the ankle in question was "rolled up on" several times after he returned from the three-game absence, but he still finished with 68 receptions for 709 yards and three touchdowns, falling just short of beating out Larry Fitzgerald (75-804-4) for top honors in all categories among Arizona receivers. He'll likely take the next few weeks off to get the ankle right but otherwise shouldn't face any restrictions during his offseason training.

December 30, 2019 01:44 AM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Exceeds 65 catches, 700 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk caught seven of 10 targets for 60 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Rams.

While Kirk's final 2019 stat line illustrates marked improvement from the totals he established in targets (68), receptions (43) and receiving yards (590) during his rookie campaign, the 23-year-old wideout was largely a hit-or-miss commodity outside of his absurdly productive Week 10 outing against Tampa Bay. Kirk accounted for six catches, 138 yards and three touchdowns during a matchup against the Buccaneers' porous pass defense, but he otherwise averaged 5.2 catches and 47.6 yards per game with zero TDs across his other 12 appearances. Kirk proved to be a deployable, yet largely inconsistent, fantasy asset throughout the course of 2019, but he has potential to take another leap in 2020 as he continues to build rapport with Kyler Murray.

December 23, 2019 03:12 AM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Makes little impact in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk failed to catch any of his five targets and gained nine yards on two carries in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks.

While his target volume remained steady from the prior week, inconsistent quarterbacking from Kyler Murray (hamstring) and backup Brett Hundley conspired to give Kirk a goose egg in catches. The second-year receiver could be working with Hundley again in Week 17 against the Rams, so don't bank on a big rebound to close out the year.

December 22, 2019 03:04 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Suiting up Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk (ankle) is listed as active Sunday in Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Kirk hasn't missed a game since logging DNPs in Weeks 5 through 7 due to an ankle injury. In seven contests in the meantime, his offensive snap share has ranged from 86 to 99 percent on a weekly basis. Consequently, it's no surprise Kirk is among Kyler Murray's favorite receivers, as he's gathered in 37 of 56 targets for 407 yards and three TDs while turning five carries into 60 yards during that span.

December 22, 2019 09:16 AM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Likely to suit up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Seattle, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Kirk's ankle injury sidelined him for the Cardinals' first practice of Week 16 and limited his participation in the final two sessions, prompting coach Kliff Kingsbury to label the receiver as a "game-day decision" entering the weekend, per Darren Urban of the team's official site. Arizona will presumably put Kirk through a workout early Sunday before rendering a verdict on his status, but barring any setbacks, the wideout appears poised to avoid the inactive list, which will be released 90 minutes prior to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. Since missing three games on account of the ankle injury between Weeks 5 and 7, Kirk has suited up for each of Arizona's last seven games, scoring three touchdowns (all in Week 10) while averaging 5.3 receptions and 66.7 yards from scrimmage.

December 20, 2019 08:44 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Status in question for Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest at Seattle.

An ankle issue has followed Kirk since he sustained the injury Week 4 against the Seahawks. This week, he was held out of practice Wednesday before wrapping it up with back-to-back limited showings. While coach Kliff Kingsbury considers Kirk a "game-day decision" -- per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site -- it wouldn't surprise if Kirk continues to tough it out Sunday, which will be determined about 90 minutes before the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

December 20, 2019 03:40 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Will be 'game-day decision'
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Kliff Kingsbury termed Kirk (ankle) a game-day decision for Sunday's game at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

The Cardinals kept Kirk off the practice field entirely Wednesday before tabbing him as a limited participant on Thursday's injury report. An ankle issue was the culprit and likely is the same one that forced Kirk to miss three games earlier this season. If he's eventually deemed inactive about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, Arizona will rely on Larry Fitzgerald, Pharoh Cooper and perhaps rookie Andy Isabella to man the inside receiver positions in this offense.

December 19, 2019 07:28 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Increases activity Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.

Kirk's ankle issue has followed him throughout the season, limiting him some last week before keeping him off the practice field entirely Wednesday. Back in the fold Thursday, he's on the right path to rid himself of the injury by the end of the week. Even if he doesn't, though, he's managed to log at least 86 percent of the offensive snaps in seven consecutive games, racking up a 37-407-3 line on 56 targets during that stretch.

December 19, 2019 11:56 AM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Doesn't practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Kirk can't seem to shake the ankle issue that he sustained Week 4 and then cost him three games before he was cleared to play again. He reappeared on the injury report last week, practicing on a limited basis on two occasions before progressing to full work for the final session. His lack of activity to begin Week 16 thus represents a step backward, though Kirk has two more opportunities to stem the tide before the Cardinals potentially tab him with an injury designation for Sunday's game at Seattle.

December 16, 2019 02:12 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Finishes with four grabs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk caught four of five targets for 33 yards and rushed once for 28 yards in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Browns.

Kirk was pretty much held in check in the passing game, where he trailed Damiere Byrd and Larry Fitzgerald in yards, but he at least salvaged some production with a career-long rush. The second-year pro also caught at least four passes for the ninth time in 11 appearances this season. He was shaken up at one point during the game, but ended up finishing the contest. Kirk will aim for a better overall outing in Week 16 versus the Seahawks.

December 13, 2019 07:32 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Ready to face Cleveland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Browns, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Kirk was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday before upgrading to full participation Friday. He should be fine to handle his usual role as Kyler Murray's top pass-catching weapon, coming off last week's 8-85-0 receiving line on a 97 percent snap share in a 23-17 loss to Pittsburgh. The Browns have been a tough opponent for wide receivers, limiting the position to a 59.5 percent catch rate (ninth) and 7.7 yards per target (eighth).

December 12, 2019 04:36 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Remains limited Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk (ankle) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Kirk is dealing with an ankle injury this week, which may merely be a maintenance-related decision after he sat out Weeks 5 through 7 with a similar issue. Assuming he gets the all-clear by week's end -- or as late as 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff -- he'll be looking to take advantage of a Browns defense that has given up 7.7 yards per target and 11 touchdowns to wide receivers in 13 games in 2019.

December 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Gets 'limited' tag Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk was limited at practice Wednesday due to an ankle issue.

Kirk was sidelined Weeks 5, 6 and 7 due to an ankle injury, which appears to be affecting him yet again. Nevertheless, the second-year wideout was able to handle some reps Wednesday, so he's putting himself in a position to be available Sunday against the Browns, when he'll look to take advantage of the 8.8 targets per game he's averaged for the season.

December 8, 2019 09:24 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Bounces back with big Week 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk corralled eight of nine targets for 85 receiving yards and ran for four yards on his only rush attempt during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Steelers.

The second-year wideout got back on track Week 14 after managing nine combined receptions for 64 yards in his preceding two outings against the 49ers and Rams. Prior to the downtick in production between Weeks 11 and 13, Kirk had a breakout game Nov. 10 against Tampa Bay, exploding for 138 yards and three touchdowns -- his only three scores of the year thus far. A Week 15 matchup against Cleveland's top-six pass defense is less than favorable for Kirk's immediate outlook, especially given that the Browns allowed just one opposing wide receiver -- Cincinnati's Tyler Boyd -- to exceed 45 receiving yards Sunday.

December 1, 2019 09:08 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Struggles against Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk caught three of seven targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams.

Despite tying Larry Fitzgerald for the team lead in targets, Kirk wound up posting his second-lowest yardage total of the year. It's the third time in the last four games he's averaged less than 5.0 yards per target, a poor showing for a player with his big-play potential, and he may not have much more success in next week's tilt against the Steelers.

November 18, 2019 11:52 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Notches six more catches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk corralled six of nine passes for 41 yards and had a one-yard rush during Sunday's 36-26 loss at San Francisco.

Kirk led all Cardinals wideouts in offensive snap share, missing just one of 69 plays. He also paced the team in targets and receiving yards while matching Kenyan Drake's six receptions. With eight appearances under his belt this season, Kirk's stat line prorates to 92-1,016-6 over a full 16-game schedule, making him a must-start on a weekly basis, even if the Cardinals' passing attack isn't exactly clicking in every outing.

November 10, 2019 05:56 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Snaps touchdown drought in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk secured six of 10 targets for 138 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals' 30-27 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Kirk put a touchdown drought that dated back to Week 11 of last season to rest in spectacular fashion, scoring from 33, 69 and 15 yards out in the second, third and fourth quarters, respectively. The final touchdown gave the Cardinals a 27-23 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Jameis Winston ultimately would lead a six-play, 92-yard game-winning drive for the Buccaneers. Kirk's receiving yardage total also was a career high and served as the second 100-yard game of his career overall. He's curiously alternated single- and double-digit targets across his seven games this year, so he'll look to garner double-digit looks in back-to-back contests for the first time in 2019 when he faces the 49ers in Week 11.

November 2, 2019 09:20 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Has quiet Week 9 outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk corralled two of five targets for eight yards and posted an eight-yard carry during Thursday's 28-25 loss to the 49ers.

Kirk led all Cardinals wide receivers in both targets and offensive snaps (55 of 57), but the usage didn't translate to the box score. Granted, Kyler Murray attempted just 24 passes, and seven of Kirk's teammates also tallied at least one catch. Additionally, Kirk may have been impacted by playing two games in the span of five days after sitting out three weeks due to an ankle injury. In any case, he'll have plenty of time to rest up for the Cardinals' next contest on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Tampa Bay.

October 27, 2019 06:28 PM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Busy in return to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk (ankle) secured eight of 11 targets for 79 yards and rushed once for 19 yards in the Cardinals' 31-9 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Kirk was Kyler Murray's favorite receiver in the wideout's return from a three-game absence, as he paced the Cardinals in both receptions and targets. Kirk now has double-digit looks in three of his first five games of the season, and Sunday's yardage tally was his second highest of the campaign, although it's certainly worth noting he's yet to find the end zone. Kirk will look to keep the momentum going against the 49ers in a Week 9 Thursday night battle.

October 27, 2019 11:44 AM
Cardinals' Christian Kirk: Returns to action Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirk (ankle) is listed as active Sunday at New Orleans, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Entering the weekend with yet another "questionable" tag due to a lingering right ankle injury, Kirk will play for the first time since Week 4, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Sunday morning. Kirk's workload is the biggest question mark hanging over his head. With no full practices under his belt, his snap count may be capped to ensure he suffers no in-game setbacks. Having said that, Kirk has a decent chance to make a dent versus a Saints defense that has surrendered 8.5 YPT to wide receivers this season.

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