Arizona Cardinals Put TE Troy Niklas On Season-Ending IR


After suffering a high-ankle sprain on Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals sent tight end Troy Niklas to the sidelines for the season

Arizona Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas has seen his 2014 rookie season come to an official end.  After suffering a high ankle sprain on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the Cardinals put him on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday.

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It is unfortunate.  Niklas missed three games in October and now this happens.  It is disappointing but as the saying goes, next man up.  This is no different.  Speaking of next man up, the Cardinals signed tight end Matthew Mulligan to replace him on the roster.  Mulligan has played in two games this season with the Chicago Bears before his release.

Niklas ends his season with three receptions for 38 yards.  He did not score any touchdowns.  Now it is time to move on.  Look for more action from someone like Rob Housler.  You might even seen a guy like Darren Fells find his way into a game.

It had to be frustrating for Niklas and for the Cardinals his rookie season ended like this.  He is more of a pass blocking tight end and having that down the stretch is so important.  John Carlson showed he had some difficulty with blocking against the Lions.

He said it.  What a year for injuries.  Niklas officially becomes the sixth player on season-ending injured reserve this season.  They also have linebacker Matt Shaughnessy on the designated for return injured reserve.  He can start practicing this week and is eligible to return in two weeks against the Kansas City Chiefs.