Cardinals trade for Panthers’ Robbie Anderson after Marquise Brown hurt

The Arizona Cardinals acquired wide receiver Robbie Anderson on Monday, a day after wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown suffered a foot injury that will sideline him indefinitely.

Brown suffered an injury in Arizona’s 19-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday that could potentially end the season, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brown, who told reporters on Sunday that X-rays on his foot were negative, underwent further tests on Monday to determine the extent of the injury and will seek a second opinion, a source told Schefter. Whether he can return this season depends on the second opinion and his recovery, the source said.

Brown, who was acquired by the Cardinals from the Baltimore Ravens during this year’s NFL draft, has 43 receptions for 485 yards and three touchdowns in six games this season.

The Cardinals said in a statement that they acquired Anderson for an undisclosed bill of compensation. Sources told Schefter the Panthers will receive a sixth-round pick in 2024 and a seventh-round pick in 2025.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said he believes the move for Anderson was a direct result of Brown’s injury.

“I had an opportunity to get a guy who had some speed and that dynamism that Hollywood has,” Kingsbury said. “So we’ll see where he fits in and only in the long run when guys get hurt do we need more wideouts here.”

Kingsbury said he’s not sure Monday how Anderson will fit on the Cardinals’ offense, but ex-Panthers Wideout and Brown are similar. As of 2019, Brown ran vertical routes on 39% of his snaps and Anderson on 38%, according to research from ESPN Stats & Information. Anderson has been broad on 72% of his snaps since 2019 and Brown on 71% of his snaps.

And their production was pretty similar, too: Brown has 25 more catches and 246 more receiving yards than Anderson, but both averaged 11.46 air yards per goal.

“If you just watch him over the years and study his tape, he has abilities that seem similar and he can really run, which is what we need,” Kingsbury said of Anderson.

Brown’s injury wasn’t the only serious injury sustained by a Cardinals starter on Sunday. Left guard Justin Pugh will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament rupture in his right knee, a source told ESPN. Pugh started all five games he played that season after restructuring the final year of his contract to return for the 2022 season. Pugh considered retiring after the season, but the former Syracuse first-round pick was given an opportunity to return for a 10th season and worked to get back into football shape.

Anderson’s trade comes a day after he was kicked out of a game by Panthers caretaker coach Steve Wilks after a falling out with his position coach. However, Kingsbury said Anderson’s confrontation did not affect the trade in any way.

Anderson didn’t have a catch on Sunday. He went into the game with 13 catches for 206 yards — 75 of them on a touchdown in the opener against the Cleveland Browns on a Baker Mayfield pass.

The Cardinals will take over Anderson’s $575,000 salary for the remainder of the year, while the Panthers – who restructured his contract in March – face a $20 million dead cap hit over this season and next.

Cardinals wide receiver coach Shawn Jefferson previously coached Anderson with the Jets. Their shared history spoke for the trade.

“That played a part in that, no question,” Kingsbury said. “Just having that insight and the success he’s had with Coach Jefferson as his coach made us feel really good about this relationship and what it could be here.”

Anderson joins a Cardinals team that fell to 2-4 with their loss on Sunday. Star receiver DeAndre Hopkins is scheduled to return from a six-game suspension this week for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and the team’s offense has struggled without him.

Hopkins’ role as of Thursday will change without Brown on the “something” field. The Cardinals still want to move Hopkins and put him in different positions, Kingsbury said.

Hopkins, who hasn’t played since Week 14 of last season when he picked up a knee injury, doesn’t want to count fast but that hasn’t been ruled out.

“We’ll see how he is,” Kingsbury said. “But I know he’s worried. He was up here today asking about the game schedule and is looking forward to getting out of there.”

The nine points the Cardinals scored on Sunday were second fewest among Kingsbury. The Cardinals have yet to score 30 points this season and have rushed for 400 yards in a game only once. Quarterback Kyler Murray said after Sunday’s game that Arizona’s offense hasn’t been this bad since his rookie year.

Kingsbury are currently calling games on offense but said on Monday he was open to changing that in order to win.

“You know, I’m open to anything that helps us win and get more points,” he said. “So we’ll see where it all goes. But yes, whatever it takes to win. I am in favor.”

The Cardinals fired kicker Matt Ammendola on Monday. He played the last two games in place of Matt Prater, who is struggling with a hip injury. Ammendola missed a crucial field goal in a Week 5 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and missed an extra point on Sunday.

Kingsbury chose to finish fourth in the field goal range three times in Seattle instead of taking the points, but the Cardinals couldn’t convert all three. But Kingsbury said Monday he had not lost confidence in Ammendola.

“I think it’s more than anything to believe in your offense,” Kingsbury said. “Matt Prater is one of the best in NFL history. So that’s a different level but the opportunities we had offensively were there I think and couldn’t take them at that point but it was more than any lack of faith.

“It was a Prater deal. We feel it’s fairly automatic and that’s a good luxury. If you don’t have it, it’s a little different.”

Prater’s status for Thursday night’s game against the Saints is undetermined, but Kingsbury said the Cardinals would bring kickers to try out Monday and Tuesday.

ESPN’s David Newton contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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