NFC West Standings

Team Div Overall
6-0-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
1-5-0 5-12-0
1-5-0 4-13-0

2022 Defensive

STATS CMB
Total Tackles
INT
Interceptions
TD
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
FUM
Forced Fumbles
SCK
Sacks
Regular Season 111 2 0 1 0.0

Top Budda Baker News

  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Goes on IR

    Baker (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

    Baker suffered a fractured shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers, and he had already been ruled out for the remainder of the season. So, his move to IR was just a formality at this point. Chris Banjo will now likely step up and play an increased role to close out the season, while Baker will prepare to be ready to play in 2023.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Done for year with broken shoulder

    Despite having played every defensive snap in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Buccaneers, Baker suffered a fractured shoulder and has been ruled out for the final two games of the regular season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Baker, Arizona's Pro Bowl safety and team captain, sustained a fractured shoulder at some point during the Week 16 matchup versus Tampa Bay and won't return for the rest of the campaign as a result. The 26-year-old now concludes his sixth year in the league with 111 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defensed across 15 games played. Chris Banjo is now in line to fill Baker's vacated starting safety spot when the Cardinals square off against the Falcons on New Year's Day.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Another outing with 10-plus tackles

    Baker racked up 10 tackles and a pass defense during Monday's 38-10 defeat to the 49ers.

    Baker was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain after Week 9, a diagnosis that typically is accompanied by an absence of some sort. However, he's been able to play through the pain, following an 80 percent snap share Week 10 with all of the defensive snaps Monday. Baker now has reached double-digit stops in three of the last four contests, pushing him to 12th in the NFL with 85. As a result, he's upholding his standing as one of the top-tier IDPs.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Cleared for Monday

    Baker doesn't have an injury designation for Monday's matchup against the 49ers, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

    Baker didn't practice Thursday due to a lingering ankle injury, progressed to a limited participant Friday and was full go Saturday, putting him in line to play Monday. He played through the issue in Week 10 and recorded four tackles and one interception but saw a season-low 80 percent of the team's defensive snaps.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Returns to limited practice

    Baker (ankle) logged a limited practice session Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    Baker was unable to practice Thursday, so his limited participation Friday represents an upgrade in status. He played through the same injury in Week 10, which will likely continue for Monday's matchup against the 49ers barring a setback. Assuming he suits up, Baker will continue to serve a key role in Arizona's secondary, as he's tallied 75 total tackles, three passes defended and one interception across 10 games on the campaign.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: DNP on Thursday

    Baker (ankle) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

    Despite coming out of Week 9 action with a high-ankle sprain, Baker only needed one limited session last week to be able to suit up this past Sunday at the Rams, where he took on a smaller snap share than normal (80 percent) and recorded four tackles and his first interception of the season. He's kicking off Week 11 prep with a DNP, but he'll have two more opportunities to mix into drills ahead of Monday's contest against the 49ers in Mexico City. Whether or not he does so remains to be seen, but Chris Banjo and inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons would be the candidates to cover for an absent Baker at free safety.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Records interception Sunday

    Baker notched four tackles and one interception during Sunday's 27-17 victory at the Rams.

    After Week 9, Baker had very little chance to play Week 10 due to a high-ankle sprain, but the tide changed in his favor following a limited session Friday. Officially listed as questionable for Sunday, not only did he suit up, he logged 48 of 60 offensive plays (80 percent) and capped the performance with a 53-yard return on his pick of L.A. quarterback John Wolford. Baker's activity level bears watching as the Cardinals prepare for next Monday's game versus the 49ers, as any non-DNP at practice seemingly is enough for him to play through the pain.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Available in Week 10

    Baker (ankle) is active for Sunday's contest at the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    In the wake of a Week 9 loss to the Seahawks, Baker was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain, which was expected to sideline him for 2-to-3 weeks. Arizona changed course with the free safety Friday, as a limited practice was followed by a questionable designation for Week 10. Now that he's been cleared to play Sunday, Baker could have a cap on his reps. However, if he's able to handle his normal workload, he'll be looking to reach double-digit tackles for a third consecutive game.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Officially deemed questionable

    Baker (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    According to Urban, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said earlier this week that there was a "zero percent" chance of Baker playing against the Rams, but the Cardinals are apparently now leaving the door open for the safety to suit up this weekend after he practiced in a limited capacity Friday. That being said, Kingsbury said Friday that the team will be "really smart" in determining Baker's status for this week, but it's at least encouraging for the 26-year-old's long-term prospects that he has been upgraded to questionable.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Ruled out for Week 10

    Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Baker (ankle) won't play in Sunday's game at the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

    In the wake of the Cardinals' Week 9 loss to the Seahawks, Baker was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain. The injury didn't affect him on the field Sunday, as he played 72 of 73 defensive snaps and notched double-digit tackles (11) for the second game in a row. While Baker will miss at least Week 10, Kingsbury is hopeful the safety will be able to return for a Week 11 matchup with the 49ers on Nov. 21. In Baker's absence, versatile inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons may be the best bet to fill in at free safety, though Chris Banjo also is an option.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Set for multi-week absence

    Baker has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain, but the Cardinals are hoping he'll be sidelined just two or three weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Last week, Arizona held Baker out of the first two practices before he logged a limited session Friday and entered the weekend with a questionable designation due to an ankle issue. During Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, he played 72 of 73 defensive snaps and paced the team in tackles with 11, bringing his total on the campaign to 71 in nine games. Third-year linebacker Isaiah Simmons will take on a more prominent role, while safety Chris Banjo should see more snaps on defense while Baker is on the shelf.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Suiting up in Week 9

    Baker (ankle) is listed as active Sunday against the Seahawks.

    Despite managing just one limited practice (Friday) during Week 9 prep, Baker will be out there in his customary free safety role. Even if he's not 100 percent, he should be poised for a number of opportunities as the Cardinals' leading tackler with 60 through eight games this season.

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  • Cardinals' Budda Baker: Expected to play

    Baker (ankle), who is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Seahawks, is expected to play, according to Fox's Jay Glazer.

    Baker didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday due to an ankle injury but returned in a limited fashion Friday. Still, double check his status when the Cardinals' inactives are posted ahead of the team's 4:05 ET kickoff.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Bellevue, WA
Age: 27
School: Washington
Experience: 6