Arizona Cardinals: Injuries shouldn’t be concerning
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals were hit with two big losses this week
The Arizona Cardinals lost two members of their free agent class this week. One went down for the season and the other went down for the next 6-8 weeks most likely. However both injuries, while devastating to each individual, shouldn’t be to the team as a whole.
The Cardinals have come down with injuries aplenty this training camp but most have been minor and most have found their way back to practice. For defensive tackle Corey Peters and guard Mike Iupati, that will not be the case for now.
Already losing receiver Michael Floyd until at least the season opener at the earliest the Cardinals again find a major injury though at a deep position. Floyd can be substituted for until he returns. The Cardinals have plenty of other receiving talent to draw from. The same can be said for Peters and Iupati. Peters is lost for the season with a torn Achilles and Iupati tore his meniscus. In the case of Peters, he gives way to rookie Rodney Gunter.
Gunter had a sack for a safety in the preseason week one game last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. He came exactly as advertised. Then there is Iupati. His run blocking will be missed but he is also part of a deep area on the offensive line. Ted Larsen takes his place for now.
Now the offensive line probably can’t take many more hits. They lost Bobby Massie last week to a three-game suspension to start the season. First-round pick, tackle D.J. Humphries has not had a particularly good camp either. However these lines on both defense and offense are considered amongst the deepest on the team.
Last year we could not make that case. The Cardinals lost their starting quarterback, backup quarterback, punter, and starting running back. There were others as well. So, although it seems like it is a case of here we go again, and at the moment it sure feels like it but when I sti back and actually think about this as I have the past two days, the Cardinals are still nowhere in the same position that they were last season.
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