Injuries are hampering Arizona Cardinals wideout’s career
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk is beginning to deserve the injury-prone label that is being placed upon him
Just two days before their scheduled matchup with the Detroit Lions, the Arizona Cardinals made an announcement. It pertained to the health of wide receiver Christian Kirk, who will miss yet another game this Sunday due to injury. The third-year pro is nursing a pulled groin that he suffered during the Cards 30-15 victory over the Washington football team last weekend.
To the detriment of both Kirk and the Cardinals, injuries are starting to become a common part of the pass-catcher’s career. This week’s absence from the lineup will mark the third consecutive season that the Scottsdale native will have to view some of the action from the sidelines. Could Arizona be losing patience with the injury-prone Kirk?
Things were going along just fine for Kirk until the 12th week of the 2018 campaign. In the fourth quarter of the Cards 20-17 triumph over the Green Bay Packers, the promising young wideout broke his foot. Kirk was placed on the injured-reserve list, and would miss the final four games of his rookie season.
A year later, Kirk would miss time once again. This time, a sprained ankle would cause the 5’11, 200 pounder to watch his teammates from the bench in street clothes. In all, Kirk would be sidelined for three contests in 2019, but the ailment certainly affected his play in other matchups as well.
Now, in 2020, it’s the bum groin that the Cardinals and Kirk are having to deal with. The 23-year old missed all three of the squad’s practices this past week. Whether Kirk will be healthy enough to face the Carolina Panthers in week four is anybody’s guess at this point.
Kirk, at the very least, has proven himself to be susceptible to injury. One thing’s for certain, the talented receiver can’t help Arizona if he’s not in uniform. Kirk needs to start fighting through the bumps and bruises, and prove to the team that the second-round pick they invested in him two years ago was not a waste.