The injury bug continues to plague the Arizona Cardinals as the team prepares to take on the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles
We’re now one month into the NFL campaign, and the Arizona Cardinals just can’t seem to get healthy. The injuries that began to plague the club before the regular-season opener are continuing to hinder the snakebitten Cardinals.
On Friday, Arizona added even more individuals to the walking-wounded list. A challenging clash this coming Sunday with the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles has now become even more difficult for the Cards.
This week was supposed to be a beneficial one for the Redbirds, with a handful of key players scheduled to come off of the injured-reserve list. However, one of those potential contributors has apparently suffered a setback that could sideline him for an indefinite amount of time.
Antoine Wesley’s return to the Arizona Cardinals passing attack has hit a snag
Last week, the Cardinals receiving corps drew comparisons to that 1980’s cartoon “The Smurfs”. Quarterback Kyler Murray was forced to throw to an undersized group of pass-catchers that included Marquise Brown, Rondale Moore and Greg Dortch. Brown is the tallest target of the three at 5 foot 9, while both Moore and Dortch measure up at a miniscule 5 foot 7.
That was suppose to change in Week 5 with the return of Antoine Wesley, a 6 foot 4 wideout who’s size would be welcomed back to the “Air Raid” offense with open arms. Unfortunately, the former Texas Tech University product injured his quadriceps muscle this week during a practice, and was scheduled for an MRI on Friday.
Of the utmost concern for the Cards is the knee injury that will keep center Rodney Hudson out of this weekend’s meeting with the Eagles. The three-time Pro Bowler is the team’s best offensive lineman, and his absence could turn into a major problem for the “Big Red” scoring attack.
Placekicker Matt Prater (hip) will also be unavailable in week 5, and will be replaced by second-year pro Matt Ammendola. Starting left guard Justin Pugh is dealing with an elbow issue, and is questionable for this coming Sunday. Cornerback Trayvon Mullen Jr. was added to the injury report on Friday, after he strained his hamstring on Thursday.
Even with a full complement of players, a victory over the red-hot Eagles was going to be a tough task. Arizona will have to make do with the components that they’ll have at their disposal this weekend, and simply hope for the best.