The Arizona Cardinals sent the two players to the injured reserve on Monday
When Arizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati went down on Sunday in Green Bay, you had to have the feeling he was done judging by how he was helped up. He’s been down this road before.
Then when receiver Christian Kirk went down on Sunday, you were just wishing it wasn’t going to be bad. On Monday they got news he fractured his foot. He had surgery on Monday and now both players are done for the season.
With the two players there will be two different paths they will take after Sunday. For Iupati, he is likely seen his last snap with the Cardinals. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Iupati hang it up after the season.
He is 31-years old with now nine seasons under his belt. His numerous injuries may spell the end though.
As for Kirk, the future is bright. He finished his rookie season with 43 receptions for 590-yards and three touchdowns. He was getting better by the week.
Now the bigger question right now though is whether the Cardinals can move the offense without either one of them? Iupati is one of the best run blockers in the game.
Kirk was the clear number two receiver on the team. He showed great hands and the ability to be a deep threat as well this season.
It is not out of the realm of possibility when Kirk returns to the field, he will be the number one receiver depending on what Larry Fitzgerald does regarding his future after the season. I know we keep saying this, but having just one more year of Fitz could not only benefit the team but Kirk as well.
Iupati was never a great pass protector but his run blocking was usually above par. He came to Arizona as a top free agent and helping the Cardinals make a playoff run. Now he leaves on a team that will finish below .500 but has been a great asset to the organization.