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12/30/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday.
11/28/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche, the Cardinals' first-round draft pick out of Ole Miss, was a healthy scratch for a third straight game and has been in on just one tackle this season.
11/28/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche was inactive again for Arizona's latest loss, and general manager Steve Keim was asked if the Cardinals' poor 4-6-1 record might make it tempting not to play the first-round pick the rest of the way. "Until he earns it and learns how to be a true pro, he'll have to sit, and I think (second-year tackle) D.J. (Humphries) is the perfect example to look at for Robert," Keim said. "A guy that came in, was a young guy, came out a year early out of college just like Robert did, had a lot of physical attributes that you look for, but at the same time it takes a lot more than that to be a pro.
11/23/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche continues to draw the wrath of head coach Bruce Arians, who has deactivated the rookie first rounder for most of this season on game days. Asked Wednesday if Nkemdiche reminds him of last year's first-round pick, tackle D.J. Humphries, whom he nicknamed "knee deep" because a foot up his rear end wasn't enough, Arians said, "No. D.J. worked harder."
11/21/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche was scolded by head coach Bruce Arians after the Vikings' game because the first-round draft pick wasn't adhering to the team's postgame dress code of wearing a suit and tie following a loss. The rookie was wearing a leather jacket over a T-shirt and had to borrow a dress shirt and tie from a teammate before leaving the locker room. Nkemdiche has been inactive for all but just a few games this season.
10/18/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche was active for the first time since the season opener. He wasn't credited with a tackle, but he had a pass defensed. Coach Bruce Arians said Nkemdiche was making far too many mental mistakes in practice.
10/18/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche finally got into a game. The rookie first-round draft pick had been inactive for the past four games and he didn't participate in very many snaps Sunday. Coach Bruce Arians has been critical of Nkemdiche, saying the player is making too many mental mistakes in practice. Asked what he thought of the rookie's performance on Monday night, Arians said, "I couldn't even see him out there from my angle. I didn't see him on the quarterback. I would have seen that."
10/13/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche has been inactive for each of the Cardinals' last four games, but coach Bruce Arians hinted the rookie first-round pick could see game action Monday night when the Jets visit Arizona. Nkemdiche's season was slowed from the very start when he suffered a high ankle sprain at the beginning of training camp and then re-aggravated the injury on at least one, if not two occasions. His troubles have mostly been the result of mental mistakes in practice, Arians said. "Oh, he's more than physically capable," Arians said. "It's just a matter of knowing your assignments and staying on-sides." Arians was asked if it was a surprise to him that Nkemdiche hadn't picked up most of what he needs to know by now. "No, not really, because he missed so much time," he said. "It's still early October, so I mean it's about right. Had he had all of training camp, then I would have been really disappointed."
10/05/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche probably figures he will see his most extensive action yet because of three ailing defensive tackles, especially with his troublesome ankle injury now apparently a thing of the past. Head coach Bruce Arians, however, was noncommittal when asked about Nkemdiche's role this week.
"His ankle looks fine," Arians said. "This is a game where if you're in the wrong gap, it's going to be a 50-yard run, so I'm not sure I'm ready to put him in there. We'll see."
10/03/16 - DT Robert Nkemdiche was inactive against the Rams just two days after coach Bruce Arians said the rookie pass disruptor had the best week of practice of his life. The first-round pick has been dealing with an ankle issue since training camp began, but that wasn't the primary reason why he didn't play against Los Angeles. It was because he still is behind each of the first six interior defensive linemen who are getting the regular reps.