Injured Players the Arizona Cardinals Will Miss Most This Season

Andrew Nordmeier@@AndrewNordmeierContributor IIIAugust 31, 2012

Levi Brown was put on IR after tearing his triceps against the Raiders.
Levi Brown was put on IR after tearing his triceps against the Raiders.Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Injuries are a part of football.

Some of them are minor and others will cost a player his entire season. For the Arizona Cardinals, most of the injuries suffered in preseason are of the minor variety. 

Let's take a look at the injuries that will impact the Cardinals the most in their 2012 season. 

Offensive lineman Levi Brown has been lost for the season with a triceps injury that he suffered against Oakland. Brown, the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, is a huge loss on the left side of the offensive line. 

The 6'6", 324-pound offensive tackle from Penn State was the anchor on the left side of the the offensive line. Brown was responsible for protecting the blindside of the Cardinals' starting quarterback. After he tore his triceps, a sizable hole is left in an already-weakened offensive line. 

D'Anthony Batiste shifts from right tackle to take Brown's spot. Fourth-round draft pick Bobbie Massie gets the call at right tackle in the final preseason game against Denver

Brown's injury has forced the Cardinals to shuffle their offensive line but the possibility still exists that a free agent may be brought in. That decision could be made after the final cuts are announced by each team. 

Safety Adrian Wilson has been hampered by a sore calf but it's not believed to be serious. Linebacker O'Brien Schofield and tight end Rob Housler have also missed time with minor leg injuries but are expected to be ready for Week 1. 

The good news is that Arizona went through the preseason and only has to deal with the injury to Brown. With recently approved rule changes to the injured reserve list, he might be able to come back later this season. Brown would have to be part of the 53-man roster, then be put on IR, before Arizona could sign a replacement. 

Arizona has yet to deal this year with catastrophic injuries like the season-ending ones suffered in 2011 by Ryan Wiliams (ruptured patella tendon) and Greg Toler (torn ACL).

Brown will be missed, but, thankfully, the Cardinals don't have any other significant injuries to deal with heading into the opener against Seattle