OG Deuce Lutui (Greg Trott/Getty)
The Cardinals have started the same offensive line for the last six games, but that streak could end in the season finale this Sunday. Right guard Deuce Lutui suffered a sprained left knee in the second quarter last week against the Falcons and didn't return.
Deuce Lutui was scheduled to undergo an MRI this week, but it's believed the sprain is not serious. It's likely that he will try to practice with a brace this week. If he's able to successfully do that, he could play on Sunday. If he can't, the starter will be Elton Brown, who took over for Lutui last week.
Brown started five games at right tackle earlier this year, but he played through a painful knee injury that likely will require surgery after the season. Brown was then inactive for six games but played last week.
If Brown has problems with his knee, veteran Keydrick Vincent will step in and play.
Brown's play has been a pleasant surprise this year. He was a disappointment in his first two seasons but lost weight and committed himself to improving in the offseason. He has played both guard and tackle and been a valuable backup.
--QB Kurt Warner has thrown for 24 touchdowns this year, tied for the second-highest total in team history. It's the most touchdowns by a Cardinals quarterback since the team moved to Arizona in 1988.
--QB Tim Rattay won't play in the final game unless Warner gets hurt and just plays poorly.
--RB Edgerrin James has gained 1,128 yards this year. He needs 32 rushing yards to surpass last year's total of 1,159 yards, the most a Cardinals back has had since Ottis Anderson gained 1,174 in 1984.
--RB Marcel Shipp isn't getting much action. He plays some in goal-line and other short-yardage situations.
--WR Larry Fitzgerald likely will be limited again in practice because of a sore groin. Fitzgerald was the team's only Pro Bowl selection this year.
--WR Anquan Boldin is still suffering from a sore toe but had 13 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns last week.
--WR Bryant Johnson has been a solid No. 3 receiver but he could leave via free agency after this season.
--TE Ben Patrick, a rookie, is now the starter. He's an excellent receiver who needs to become a better blocker. He also makes the occasional rookie mistake, like running the wrong route.
--TE Troy Bienemann is raw but he has good hands. He might never be a front-line player but he could develop into a serviceable reserve.
--K Neil Rackers made all three of his field goals last week, including the one that forced overtime and the one that won it.
--SS Aaron Francisco has moved into the starting lineup given his return from knee and calf injuries. He replaced Oliver Celestin, who was starting because of injuries to Adrian Wilson and Francisco.
--DE Darnell Dockett had eight sacks in the first eight games but hasn't had one in the past seven.
--OG Deuce Lutui has a sprained left knee and could be questionable for this week's game.