Zach Ertz

Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #86
Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #86
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Zach Ertz News

Hauls in second TD

Ertz caught all six of his targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-16 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: The tight end didn't see the double-digit target volume he'd receiver the last two games, but Ertz was productive with the looks he did get, with his two-yard TD grab in the third quarter kicking off a second-half comeback for the Cardinals and giving him his second touchdown of the season. He could be poised for a revenge game in Week 5 as Arizona attempts to hand his former Philadelphia club its first loss of the year.

Oct 2, 2022 5:11 PM EST


Does little with big volume

Ertz caught six of 10 targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Three different Cardinals saw double-digit targets as Kyler Murray set new career highs in attempts and completions, but Ertz was by far the least productive of the trio. His day would have looked a lot better had he been able to haul in a five-yard TD pass from Murray just before halftime, but the ball glanced off his hands. Ertz's 25 targets through three games is second among all tight ends behind Mark Andrews, which should at least give him a solid fantasy floor heading into a Week 4 clash with the Panthers.

Sep 25, 2022 6:27 PM EST



High catch total in Week 2

Ertz caught eight passes for 75 yards on 11 targets against Las Vegas on Sunday.

Analysis: Ertz was a steadying presence for the struggling Arizona passing game, leading them in catches and receiving yardage while tied for the team lead in targets. Ertz may well be Arizona's most reliable target while DeAndre Hopkins is suspended, especially if Marquise Brown (six catches for 68 yards on 11 targets) continues to flop in the WR1 role. The Cardinals face Tennessee in Week 3.

Sep 18, 2022 5:42 PM EST


Puts in full practice Thursday

Ertz (calf) practiced in full Thursday, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Ertz's DNP on Wednesday may have been a mere rest day after playing 60 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps in a Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. He intimated as much Thursday, telling Drake, "I feel great now. The calf, God willing, is behind me, so (I'm) really just focused on being the best I can be on Sunday and find a way to win." Assuming he's over his calf injury, Ertz will look to increase his involvement in the passing game Week 2 after a 2-14-1 performance on four targets in the opener.

Sep 15, 2022 3:44 PM EST


No practice Wednesday

Ertz (calf) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals continue to exercise caution with Ertz, who has been tending to a calf issue since Aug. 4. He was able to suit up Week 1 against the Chiefs, playing 39 of 65 (60 percent) of Arizona's offensive snaps en route to two catches (on four targets) for 14 yards and one touchdown. Coach Kliff Kingsbury told Weinfuss earlier Wednesday that he believes Ertz will be able to practice in full Thursday, which would mark his first uncapped session of the campaign. In any case, Ertz appears as if his status for Week 2 isn't in question, something the team may confirm as soon as the release of Friday's injury report.

Sep 14, 2022 3:24 PM EST



Grabs Week 1 touchdown

Ertz caught two of four targets for 14 yards and a touchdown and added a two-point conversion in Sunday's 44-21 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: The Cardinals' passing game didn't get going until the second half, when the game was well out of hand, and Ertz made both his trips to the end zone in the fourth quarter. The tight end caught 56 passes for 574 yards and three TDs in 11 games after joining Arizona in a trade last season, and with DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) and Rondale Moore (hamstring) both sidelined to begin the 2022 campaign, Ertz figures to be one of Kyler Murray's top targets in the early going.

Sep 11, 2022 5:48 PM EST


Active for Week 1

Ertz (calf) is active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ertz was sidelined for the entire preseason due to a calf injury sustained in practice on Aug. 4. He proceeded to return to the field this week, fitting in a pair of limited sessions around an absence Thursday. The activity was enough for the Cardinals to clear Ertz for Week 1 action, when he'll serve as the team's top pass-catching tight end. In 12 games (including playoffs) with Arizona following his trade from Philadelphia last season, he put together a 59-595-3 line on 85 targets.

Sep 11, 2022 12:01 PM EST


Likely to play Sunday

Ertz (calf) is expected to suit up for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Chiefs barring any pre-game setbacks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Arizona officially listed Ertz as questionable for Week 1, but it appears that the veteran tight end has made enough progress in his recovery from a lingering calf issue to be trending in the right direction. It will certainly be positive news for Kyler Murray and the Cardinals' offense if Ertz is given the green light, especially with Rondale Moore (hamstring) and DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) out of action, but a final word on his status may come down to the wire.

Sep 11, 2022 1:35 AM EST


Questionable for Week 1

Ertz (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ertz sandwiched limited sessions around Thursday's DNP this week due to the calf injury that forced him out of practice on Aug. 4. He missed the entire preseason slate as a result of the issue, but the Cardinals' decision to rest all of their top skill-position talent likely meant he wouldn't have seen action anyway. While Ertz seems to be trending toward active status Sunday, the team is expected to have a better bearing on how much action he'll be able to handle, if any, as of Saturday, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.

Sep 9, 2022 1:45 PM EST


Practicing Friday

Ertz (calf) is participating in the open portion of Friday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's a good sign for Ertz after he didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday. He's likely a limited participant, and we'll know for sure Friday afternoon when the final injury report comes out.

Sep 9, 2022 9:20 AM EST


Officially DNP on Thursday

Ertz (calf) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: After logging a limited session Wednesday, Ertz seemingly has taken a step back as he continues his recovery from the calf issue that sidelined him starting Aug. 4. Due to his veteran status, though, Thursday's absence could be maintenance-related or a veteran day off, so his listing on Friday's practice report will be notable as the Cardinals prepare for Sunday's season opener versus the Chiefs. If Ertz ends up being limited or inactive this weekend, rookie second-round pick Trey McBride and Maxx Williams will serve as Arizona's primary tight ends.

Sep 8, 2022 2:09 PM EST


Not present for practice

Ertz (calf) wasn't spotted on the field during the open portion of Thursday's practice, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Unless Ertz fits some work in behind the scenes, he'll be listed as a non-participant on the Cardinals' injury report, which marks a step back from his limited activity a day earlier. It's possible Ertz's potential absence is a pre-planned maintenance day, but it nonetheless creates further questions about his availability for Sunday's season opener against the Chiefs. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury previously listed Ertz as "day-to-day" earlier in the week, though that description doesn't shed much light on the tight end's status for the opener.

Sep 8, 2022 8:46 AM EST


Back in limited capacity

Ertz (calf) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ertz missed the entire preseason slate due to a calf issue, sitting out all practices since Aug. 4. Just more than one month later, the 10th-year tight end may be putting himself in a position to play Sunday in Chicago after being termed "day-to-day" by coach Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. If Ertz is limited or unable to suit up this weekend, Trey McBride and Maxx Williams (knee) are next up for reps at tight end.

Sep 7, 2022 2:29 PM EST


Participating in practice

Ertz (calf) is participating in Wednesday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ertz is considered day-to-day due to a calf injury that's lingered over the last month, so it's encouraging to see him handling some reps. Wednesday's first official injury report of the season will shed more light on the veteran tight end's status. It's possible that Ertz could suit up for Sunday's regular-season opener versus the Chiefs even if he's limited in practice leading up to the contest.

Sep 7, 2022 9:59 AM EST


Still 'day-to-day

Coach Kliff Kingsbury called Ertz (calf) "day-to-day" on Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ertz has been tending to a calf injury for the past month, missing practice in the meantime. The Cardinals don't have to post an injury report until Wednesday for Sunday's season opener against the Chiefs, but Kingsbury's comment seem to indicate Ertz will be limited, at best, this week. Next up for reps at tight end for Arizona is rookie second-round pick Trey McBride.

Sep 5, 2022 12:03 PM EST


Close call for Week 1?

Coach Kliff Klingsbury said it will "be close" when he was asked about Ertz (calf) suiting up for Week 1, Tyler Drake of 98.7 Arizona Sports reports.

Analysis: Kingsbury said the same thing about three others players that have been injured this summer, including WR Rondale Moore (undisclosed). The coach doesn't want to give out injury information this close to the season, but we should know more about Ertz when the Cardinals release official injury reports next week ahead of their season opener against Kansas City.

Aug 31, 2022 11:51 AM EST


Doesn't play in preseason

Ertz (calf) didn't play in Saturday's preseason loss at Tennessee.

Analysis: Ertz made an early exit from practice on Aug. 4 due to a calf injury and hasn't made any visible progress in the meantime. He and his wife also welcomed their first child during that stretch, so there are numerous reasons he didn't make an appearance during exhibition season. Ertz still has two weeks to get healthy ahead of the Cardinals' Week 1 matchup with the Chiefs on Sunday, Sept. 11. However, if his availability for that contest starts to become murky, reserve tight ends Trey McBride, a rookie second-round pick, and even Maxx Williams (knee) could make their way into the game plan.

Aug 28, 2022 6:43 PM EST


No preseason action yet

Ertz (calf) didn't suit up for Sunday's preseason loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Ertz has been tending to a calf injury since an Aug. 4 practice. Coach Kliff Kingsbury told Tyler Drake of Arizona Sports 98.7 on Aug. 12 that the tight end was progressing in his recovery, but Ertz has yet to play during exhibition season, partly due to his health, and partly due to the fact his wife gave birth to a child in the meantime. It's unknown if Ertz will be able to play Saturday in Tennessee, but if he's held out -- like the vast majority of the Cardinals' top skill-position players have this preseason -- he'll set his sights on being available for a Week 1 matchup with the Chiefs on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Aug 22, 2022 6:18 PM EST


Progressing with calf injury

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Ertz (calf) is making progress, Tyler Drake of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

Analysis: Ertz left practice last Thursday (Aug. 4) and hasn't returned since. He won't play in Friday's preseason game against Cincinnati, but there hasn't been any indication the Cardinals are worried about Week 1. Rookie tight end Trey McBride (back) is also banged up, while Maxx Williams (knee) came off the PUP list last week after suffering an ACL tear in Week 5 last season.

Aug 12, 2022 11:23 AM EST


Exits practice early

Ertz was forced out of Thursday's practice with a calf injury, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Until the Cardinals provide an update on the severity of Ertz's calf issue, we'll consider him day-to-day. When healthy, the 31-year-old is the team's clear-cut top pass-catching option in a tight end corps that also includes Trey McBride, Maxx Williams (knee) and Stephen Anderson.

Aug 4, 2022 10:50 AM EST


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