The Arizona Cardinals have Tyvon Branch available for their next game. The 29-year-old defensive back is coming from injury and will play against the Washington Redskins after missing time due to a groin injury.
Branch will assume the Cardinals’ role as a primary slot defender after the shoulder injury to Tyrann Mathieu, one of the top defensive backs for the team.
Darren Urban from the team’s website confirmed on Twitter that Branch will play in the crucial matchup against the Redskins.
The Cardinals (4-6-1) must beat the Redskins (6-4-1) for a chance to make the NFL postseason.
Cardinals to gain from the versatile Branch
Branch’s versatility was something head coach Bruce Arians was impressed about when they signed him in the offseason.
“He has “a lot of position flexibility. He can play free safety, strong safety. He can play nickel [cornerback]. He does a great job playing man-to-man, and that’s something we need out of our safeties,” Arians stated to ESPN last March.
Unfortunately, he has just played in just four games for the Cardinals this season because of the groin injury. Branch was on the injured reserve list for the past eight weeks and was signed to a two-year deal in Arizona.
Branch played for the Oakland Raiders from 2008 to 2014 and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals have won just one game in their last five. After the game against the Redskins, they take on the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints. They will finish the year against the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.
Unless other teams fall off the rankings in the NFC, Arizona will have a hard time making the playoffs this season. The return of Branch should help the Cardinals team which gives up 294.0 yards per game, the worst in the league.
In four games this season, Tyvon Branch has 23 tackles and two passes defended.