Cardinals LG Mike Iupati May Start vs. 49ers on Sunday

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After missing the first two weeks with a knee injury, Arizona Cardinals left guard Mike Iupati may be active on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

That's what Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians relayed to the Bay Area media Wednesday morning on a conference call.

"He practiced a little bit last week and didn't have any swelling," Arians said. "He'll be out there today, and we'll take it day to day. We don't want to force it because it's a long season, but if he does not swell, he will probably start this week."

Iupati tore his meniscus during training camp, requiring surgery that was expected to sideline the left guard for 3-8 weeks. Having him healthy on Sunday would bolster the Cardinals rushing attack in front of running backs Chris Johnson and David Johnson.

"I think he just wants to get back and play with this team," Arians said. "This is a pretty good locker room, and he's fit right in with our locker room. This was the scheduled week for him to be back, it just happens to be his old team. I'm sure there's a little extra excitement."

Iupati signed with the Cardinals this past offseason after spending his first five NFL seasons with the 49ers. The left guard was selected 17th overall in the 2010 draft and made the Pro Bowl in each of his past three seasons. Other Notes

  • Arians said that through two games, he still sees the same personality from the 49ers under Jim Tomsula.

"They're still a very talented roster," Arians said. "They're probably the only team that had so much talent that they could lose four or five guys and not miss a beat. Trent has always done a great job of stocking that roster. And it's good to see NaVorro (Bowman) back out there playing."

  • The Cardinals head coach also had good things to say about San Francisco's 2015 first-round pick, Arik Armstead.

"We had very high grades on him. ... He reminded us a lot of Calais (Campbell)," Arians said. "He's a very active, very athletic, very long guy. When he gets there he's a very explosive player. He can get to the quarterback. He can disrupt things."

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