Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
Cardinals reporter Darren Urban has the latest on Dockett's rehab:
Most days, Darnell Dockett is getting in four rehab sessions.
That’s a lot, but for the Cardinals defensive tackle, out for the season after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament, the faster he can come back, the better.
“I’m just trying to cut the time in half,” Dockett said Friday morning after his rehab session at the team’s Tempe facility. “Adrian Peterson did it and came back and led the league in rushing. I just try and look at the whole situation. If there are ways I can cut corners by going four times a day I’ll do that. It doesn’t exactly come easy.”
By now, “no point in being mad about it, shocked about it anymore,” Dockett said. “That (expletive) is over with. Now it’s about rebuilding the body and coming back better.”
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 31
Darnell Dockett took to his Twitter account to talk about his recovery:
Thanks for all you guys prayers and thoughts. Really mean a lot. Getting better every day.. #detour— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) August 31, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27
Darren Urban of AzCardinals.com has the latest on Dockett following his surgery:
The surgery for DT Darnell Dockett went well, Arians said. Dockett remains in Alabama, where Dr. James Andrews did the work, and will be there abut five days, Arians said. It was a “clean” ACL injury — no ancillary damage — and Arians said Dockett was doing well after trading texts. “He is in really good spirits, anxious to get back,” Arians said.
Arians’ plan to have Dockett on the sidelines for games echoes his 2012 season in Indianapolis, when he also had a player injured for the season in November who still was on the sideline every game and traveled with the team. That guy? Cornerback Jerraud Powers, now a Cardinal.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Josh Weinfuss of ESPN updated Darnell Dockett's status after his ACL tear:
Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is to have his ACL tear surgically repaired Monday, coach Bruce Arians said.
The surgery was scheduled for 4 p.m. ET with Dr. James Andrews.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
Fox Sports Radio's Mike Jurecki has the latest on Dockett's knee:
Dockett will have surgery ASAP. Bruce Arians would like to have him around the team during the season, and on the sidelines on game day.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) August 20, 2014
Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has been the perfect model of health during his 10-year NFL career, missing just two regular-season games out of a possible 160.
That will all change, however, as the 33-year-old left Monday's practice with a knee injury.
Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com provided the news, while The Arizona Republic's Rob Schumacher snapped a photo of Dockett being carted from the field:
DT Darnell Dockett had to be carted off the practice field after going down. Some sort of leg injury. #CardsCamp— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 18, 2014
Cardinals VP of media relations Mark Dalton confirmed the devastating news:
MRI on Darnell Dockett right knee reveals torn ACL. Injury will require surgery & is season-ending.— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) August 19, 2014
The defensive standout took to Twitter to express his thoughts:
Thank you all for your support & get well wishes. I really do appreciate it. This will be a tough road to recovery but I been through worst.— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) August 19, 2014
Dockett may not be the same explosive pass-rusher or disruptor he once was (9.5 total sacks in the last three seasons), but he remains a critical component of Arizona's stout run defense, which finished second in the NFL with 3.7 yards per attempt allowed in 2013.
The ever-underrated Calais Campbell, who lines up on the other side of the D-line, talked about his teammate's importance, via The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin:
Calais Campbell said he didn't see what happened 2 Dockett but said "He's a guy we count on to be a leader and take us where we want to go"— Paola Boivin (@PaolaBoivin) August 18, 2014
With Dockett done for the season, Arizona will turn to rookies Ed Stinson (fifth-rounder) and Kareem Martin (third-rounder), as well as veteran Frostee Rucker, to fill the void.
Frostee Rucker, Ed Stinson getting some run w/1st team defense after Dockett's apparent leg/ankle injury #CardsCamp— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) August 18, 2014
While Stinson was selected after Martin, the Alabama product is more of a run-stopper. Even Dockett himself has talked about Stinson eventually filling his role:
Ed Stinson will be the next Dockett if not better, I will give him all the tools and show him all the tricks. No one showed me but I will.— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) May 19, 2014
It will be good for the youngsters to see increased opportunities with the first team, but if head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles want to continue to build this promising team around such a tough defense, losing Dockett will certainly have an impact.