Antoine Wesley

Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #84
Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #84

Antoine Wesley News

Recovering from torn quadriceps

Wesley sustained torn quadriceps during the week ahead of Arizona's loss versus Philadelphia on Sunday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Though initially thought to be a re-aggravation of a prior hip injury, it's actually ruptured quadriceps muscles that will keep Wesley out for the remainder of the 2022 campaign. The Cardinals will probably continue to rely on A.J. Green to perform the offensive functions Wesley might otherwise have been tasked with.

Oct 12, 2022 1:52 PM EST

Going on IR

Wesley's hip injury is season-ending and he will be placed on IR, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: It's a brutal blow to Wesley who had been designated to return from IR last Monday. His season will end without ever having played a game this year, as he suffered the injury in practice in preparation for his return to the field.

Oct 10, 2022 2:17 PM EST

Suffers setback, won't play Sunday

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that Wesley (hip) suffered a setback and won't play Sunday against the Eagles, Tyler Drake of reports.

Analysis: After missing the minimum four games, Wesley was designated to return from injured reserve Monday. However, per his head coach, the wideout has suffered a setback and won't be added to the active roster for Week 5. The severity of the setback is unclear, but Wesley could be forced to miss the remainder of the season if he isn't activated off IR within 21 days of being designated to return.

Oct 7, 2022 12:20 PM EST

Close to returning

Wesley (hip) was designated to return from injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Wesley has missed the minimum four games since being placed on IR on Sept. 2. He'll have three weeks to be moved to the active roster, but he can return as soon as Sunday against the Eagles. Wesley was expected to play a significant role early in the season with DeAndre Hopkins serving a suspension, however after suffering an injury of his own that opportunity was put on hold. With Hopkins' return still a couple weeks away, and A.J. Green (knee) uncertain for Week 5, Wesley could see a prominent role Sunday against the Eagles.

Oct 3, 2022 1:30 PM EST

Placed on IR

The Cardinals placed Wesley (hip) on injured reserve Wednesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Wesley has been dealing with the issue since the start of August and will now be forced to miss at least the first four games of the regular season. With Wesley and DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) out to begin the campaign, the Cardinals may need Greg Dortch and Andy Isabella to play expanded roles on offense.

Sep 2, 2022 8:18 AM EST

Out at least one or two more weeks

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Wesley (hip) could miss one or two more weeks, Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Wesley has been dealing with the issue since the start of August and surgery has popped up as an option, but it appears the Cardinals are going to try and wait it out. While it sounds like the wideout may miss the remaining preseason games, he's likely still a lock for the initial 53-man roster with DeAndre Hopkins slated to miss the first six games of the season due to suspension.

Aug 16, 2022 10:11 AM EST

Surgery possible

Wesley may need surgery on his injured groin/hip, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Wesley picked up the issue at Thursday's practice and subsequently underwent an MRI. Coach Kliff Kingsbury noted the team will have a better idea whether or not Wesley requires a procedure to address the injury in the next week, or if rehabbing it will be able to get the wide receiver back to 100 percent. With DeAndre Hopkins slated to miss the first six games of the season due to suspension, Wesley is in line to handle a decent number of reps as an outside receiver during that span, assuming he's healthy.

Aug 5, 2022 11:39 AM EST

Gets an MRI

Wesley underwent an MRI on his hip Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Wesley's return timeline of one to two weeks has not changed, so nothing significant appears to have been found. Once healthy, the 24-year-old figures to see the field somewhat regularly, while DeAndre Hopkins serves his suspension six-game suspension.

Aug 4, 2022 11:12 AM EST

Gets banged up

Wesley suffered a hip injury in practice Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Wesley's injury is expected to keep him out of action for one to two weeks. The 24-year-old appeared in 15 contests last season, recording 19 catches for 208 yards and three touchdowns. The bulk of which came between Weeks 15-19 after DeAndre Hopkins suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Aug 4, 2022 7:21 AM EST

Re-signs with Cardinals

Wesley signed his exclusive rights tender that will keep him with Arizona on Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Wesley will remain with the Cardinals for at least one more season after agreeing to re-sign as an exclusive rights free agent. The third-year receiver finished fourth in receiving yards amongst Arizona's wideouts in 2021 and should serve a significant depth role for Arizona with the departures of free agents Christian Kirk and AJ Green going into the 2022 season.

Apr 7, 2022 1:32 PM EST

Gets contract tender from Cards

The Cardinals have extended a one-year contract tender to Wesley.

Analysis: Once Wesley inks the deal, he'll be in line to reprise his depth role in what could well be a re-tooled wideout corps in 2022. The 24-year-old finished up last season with a 19/208/3 stat line in 15 games while working behind DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, A.J. Green and Rondale Moore.

Mar 9, 2022 12:52 PM EST

Tallies three touchdowns in 2021

Wesley hauled in 19 of 32 targets for 208 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games during the 2021 season.

Analysis: The Ravens signed Wesley as an undrafted free agent in May 2019, but he didn't log his first NFL action until Week 3 of this past campaign as a member of the Cardinals. His first catch as a pro came Week 8, and the 6-foot-4 wide receiver eventually became a regular in Arizona's offense when DeAndre Hopkins missed the majority of the second half of the season due to hamstring and knee injuries. In particular, Wesley was targeted six times in the red zone from Weeks 15-17, when he tallied his trio of scores. An exclusive rights free agent this offseason, he's limited to signing the contract tendered to him by the Cardinals.

Jan 20, 2022 7:06 PM EST

Sees four targets Sunday

Wesley gathered in two of four targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 38-30 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: The bulk of Wesley's production this season has occurred with DeAndre Hopkins on the sideline. Between Weeks 9 and 11 and since Hopkins (knee) was placed on IR after Week 14, Wesley played between 59 and 85 percent of offensive snaps in each of the Cardinals' seven games without Hopkins during that span en route to a 18-201-3 line on 29 targets. Hopkins isn't expected to be ready to return until the NFC Championship Game at the earliest, so Wesley should continue to get regular looks from Kyler Murray in Monday's wild-card game against the Rams.

Jan 11, 2022 9:06 AM EST

Two TDs in Sunday's win

Wesley caught four of five targets for 30 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: He was Kyler Murray's favorite red-zone option on the afternoon, hauling in a one-yard TD in the second quarter and a 19-yard strike in the third. Wesley now has his first three NFL touchdowns in the last two games, and he'll look to pad that total further in Week 18 against the Seahawks.

Jan 2, 2022 8:53 PM EST

Ready for bigger role

Wesley will take on a larger role in the Arizona offense with DeAndre Hopkins undergoing knee surgery, Darren Urban of reports.

Analysis: Wesley previously played 76-77 percent of snaps in three straight games (Weeks 9-11) when Hopkins missed time with a hamstring injury, catching seven of eight targets for 106 yards in that stretch. He'll likely continue to be targeted at a low rate on a per-snap/per-route basis, but Wesley does have a nice opportunity to pile up snaps and make an impression down the stretch.

Dec 17, 2021 4:17 PM EST

Tallies four receptions Sunday

Wesley recorded four catches (on four targets) for 44 yards during Sunday's 23-13 victory at Seattle.

Analysis: The Cardinals have been without top wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) for most of the past four games, and Wesley has profited as a result, earning at least 53 percent of the offensive snaps on each occasion. Wesley's production has been sporadic during that stretch, with outings of 62, 44, seven and no receiving yards. Overall, though, he's been efficient with his reps, hauling in eight of 11 targets (72.7 percent) and averaging 10.3 YPT. Arizona is on bye Week 12, so if Hopkins is back in Week 13 in Chicago, Wesley would be on the outside looking in again in a stacked receiving corps that also includes A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore.

Nov 22, 2021 9:25 PM EST

Surprisingly productive Sunday

Wesley caught all three of his targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: One game after catching his first career pass in the NFL, Wesley made a much bigger splash as he took advantage of the snaps available while DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) and A.J. Green (COVID-19) were sidelined. Wesley also nearly scored a touchdown but was ruled out just shy of the goal line late in the first quarter after hauling in a pass from Christian Kirk. He's been hanging around on practice squads or injured reserve since going undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2019, but Wesley's recent performances may be earning him a regular spot on the Arizona roster.

Nov 7, 2021 9:02 PM EST

Activated off COVID-19 list

The Cardinals activated Wesley off the COVID-19 list Tuesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Wesley missed the first two weeks of the season after testing positive for the virus ahead of the season opener. The 23-year-old spent the 2020 campaign on the Ravens' injured reserve due to a shoulder injury and was still working his way back to full strength during training camp. It's unclear what type of role he may play for Arizona's offense this season.

Sep 21, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Lands on Covid list

The Cardinals have placed Wesley on the reserve/COVID list following a positive test, Howard Balzer of reports.

Analysis: Wesley will now miss the team's season opener against the Titans as a result of his positive test. His status for Week 2 is certainly up in the air as well. When healthy, he projects primarily as a special teams contributor for the team.

Sep 10, 2021 4:49 PM EST

Participates in individual drills

Wesley (shoulder) participated in individual drills during Sunday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Wesley spent the 2020 campaign on the Ravens' injured reserve due to a shoulder injury but signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals in May. He didn't appear in Friday's preseason opener against Dallas but returned to the practice field in a limited capacity two days later. The 23-year-old is expected to slowly ease back into action, so it's not yet clear whether he'll be available for Friday's exhibition game against Kansas City.

Aug 15, 2021 7:23 PM EST

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