Sep 16, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) is helped off the field by trainers during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Admit It … the Arizona Cardinals Have Caught a Few Breaks on the Injury Front


In the first three games, the Cardinals have been extremely lucky with respect to their opponents injuries.

In the first game of the season, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks was not 100%, as he was experiencing back spasms a couple of days before and played through his injury.

In the Patriots game, the Cardinals caught a huge break when Aaron Hernandez went down early in the game with an injury, changing the complexion of the Patriots offense immensely and giving the Cardinals a huge advantage.

Finally, against the Eagles, the Cardinals defense took maximum advantage of a depleted Philadelphia offensive line, as Jason Kelce and King Dunlap both did not play.

And there is more good news for Cardinals fans — although you hate to say that an injury is good news even when it’s an opposing player who is hurt.  Reggie Bush of the Miami Dolphins is questionable for next week’s game against the Cardinals, and Darrel Revis of the Jets is out for the year, making the December matchup against the Jets a little bit easier for the Cardinals.

Injuries are definitely part of the game — and the Cardinals have had their share of injuries so far as well.  But it’s clear that the injury scale has definitely tipped in the Cardinals favor in their first three games.

Let’s hope that Darnell Dockett, Ryan Williams, and Beanie Wells — who all left the game with injuries on Sunday — will get healthy and be ready when the Cardinals play the Dolphins next Sunday, and that Adrian Wilson returns.  And that their banged up offensive line (Adam Snyder and Daryn Colledge have not been 100%) can give Kevin Kolb the protection he needs.

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