Jonathan Cooper Injury: Update on Arizona Cardinals Guard's Leg and Return Date
The Arizona Cardinals were dealt some bad news during their preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, as starting left guard Jonathan Cooper was forced to leave the game with an apparent leg injury.
It turns out the injury was serious enough for the Cardinals to place him on IR.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26
From Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com:
Arians said Cooper best case scenario is back in 10-12 weeks.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 26, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 25
From AZ Central's Kent Somers:
Cooper has broken leg, Arians said. Looks like he might be out for the yr. Not for sure— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) August 25, 2013
The team's Twitter had the news:
Kent Somers of AZ Central revealed that Cooper has broken his leg and could miss the entire season.
Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 and Will Brinson of CBS Sports provided details:
Jonathan Cooper got his left ankle rolled up on while blocking downfield, taking him on a cart to take him to the locker room.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) August 25, 2013
Ugh. Rewatched Cooper injury. Someone flew into the back of his left knee when it caused the injury.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) August 25, 2013
Losing Cooper for an extended period of time would be a big blow for the Cardinals. The team used the No. 7 overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft on the guard out of North Carolina, where he started 47 games for the Tar Heels.
The pick made Cooper the first guard taken with a top-10 selection in 16 years.
Cooper was brought in to instantly improve a fledgling offensive line that allowed 58 sacks last season. The Cardinals also had the worst rushing attack in the league as they ran for 75.3 yards per game at 3.4 yards per carry.
The Cardinals can at least take comfort in knowing that they have a backup with NFL experience in Chilo Rachal. The 6'5", 323-pound guard started eight games for the Chicago Bears last season before leaving the team for personal reasons. He was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Arizona still hopes to get Cooper back soon, though. The Cardinals will kick off the regular season on the road on September 8 against their NFC West rival, the St. Louis Rams, who ranked 15th in the league in both run and pass defense last season.
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