Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd out six weeks
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals were dealt a tough blow in practice on Wednesday
So it begins. The Arizona Cardinals have been hit with their first major injury of the season. It had to happen sooner or later. This team is so injury prone. Today it was receiver Michael Floyd’s turn. He broke three fingers in practice on Wednesday. This came after offensive lineman D.J. Humphries dodged a bullet with a knee injury and is expected to miss just one week of practice.
The injury is expected to sideline Floyd for about six weeks. Unfortunately with that timeline, he will likely miss the start of the 2015 season. That will leave the Cardinals with some interesting decisions come cut time.
I’ve said more than once in the past Floyd needed to step up this year. He was not very productive in 2014. He had 47 receptions for 841 yards and six touchdowns. Eight of those receptions though came in week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Floyd had his fifth-year option picked up in the offseason but that didn’t keep his name from appearing in trade rumors. I even predicted he could be traded at some point in the preseason. Now, the Cardinals may be stuck with him and if his timeline is truly just six weeks, they may need to carry him on the active roster for a couple of weeks and just de-activate him on gameday.
That opens up a spot for one of the young receivers battling for a job. Rookie J.J. Nelson has already looked great. Brittan Golden was looking as the odd man out after the first several days but maybe this extends his stay a little longer? Jaron Brown has been the best receiver in camp so far.
It’s still early but it would seem the Cardinals should be able to weather this storm just fine. The Cardinals still have plenty of weapons on offense, especially if the tight ends are healthy come the start of the regular season.
Yes it is the first uh-oh moment of the season but in reality if you look at the big picture, everything should be alright. However for a team riddled with injuries in 2014, this is not a good sign to start the 2015 campaign.
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