Arizona GM discusses Ellington's durability issues


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Ellington can be electric when healthy with the Cardinals
Ellington can be electric when healthy with the Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals' general manager Steve Keim discussed several topics on Wednesday including his future outlook of former Clemson running back Andre Ellington.

Ellington has missed ten games the last two seasons and has taken a back seat in the featured back role with the emergence of David Johnson.

"Andre’s a dynamic player, there’s no doubt about that,” Keim said via azcentral.com. "We love his skill set, but it’s no secret the guy has had durability problems. As an organization, you have expectations, and if a guy doesn’t fulfill those expectations, you may have to move on."

Keim did not mince words about how critical it is for Ellington to stay healthy this season.

"Hopefully, Andre’s not in a situation where we have to move on. I’d love to keep Andre long term, yet at the same time, he’s got to stay healthy."

Ellington is in his final year of his rookie contract (6th round, 2013) with the Cardinals and will be due $1.647 million in 2016.

For his career, Ellington has 364 rushes for 1,601 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2015, he had 45 rushes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. In 2014, he ran for 660 yards and three rushing touchdowns and also had 395 yards catching out of the backfield and two receiving scores.

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