Arians: 'The sky has not fallen yet'
DEC 1, 4:37p ET | Craig Morgan
Rotowire: Dec 30 / 9:45a ET
News: Hughes racked up five yards on one carry and 10 additional yards on one reception during Sunday's defeat in San Francisco.
Impact: Hughes received a career-best three targets, while a fourth look (and subsequent second catch) was negated by a pass interference on tight end John Carlson. On the season, Hughes made a contribution, albeit small on each occasion, in 10 of 16 games on his way to seven carries for 11 yards and eight receptions (on 12 targets) for 140 yards. Clearly, his pass-catching prowess was on display -- he ended the regular season second on the team with 17.5 yards/catch -- but he failed to emerge from a reserve role, even after Andre Ellington (hernia) was lost for the season in Week 13.
Rotowire: Dec 11 / 9:42p ET
News: Hughes did not have any carries or targets in Thursday's 12-6 win over the Rams.
Impact: According to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus, Hughes played just six snaps, and Marion Grice logged just two. Kerwynn Williams had 17 touches (two receptions) on 34 snaps, with Stepfan Taylor recording 14 touches (all carries) on 28 snaps. While it's still worth keeping an eye on, the Arizona backfield will likely be led by Williams and Taylor in a tough Week 16 matchup with the Seahawks.
Rotowire: Dec 8 / 9:53p ET
News: Hughes played 10 of the Cardinals' 69 offensive snaps during Sunday's win against the Chiefs, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impact: In what was expected to be a committee approach behind Stepfan Taylor out of the backfield in Andre Ellington's (hernia) absence, coach Bruce Arians eventually admitted that the hot hand ruled the day in Week 14, allowing Kerwynn Williams to post 100 yards on 19 rushes. Hughes himself was contained to one carry for minus-yard yard and one catch for 36 yards, which was firmly behind Williams, Taylor (six runs for 19 yards), and Marion Grice (three rushes for six yards). On Monday, though, Arians announced that Taylor remains the starting running back, according to Darren Urban of the team's official site, meaning game-day matchups could ultimately determine who breaks out of Arizona's corps of running backs Thursday in St. Louis.