Darnell Dockett Injury: Updates on Cardinals DT's Knee and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 18, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 8

Kent Somers of AZ Central provides an update on Darnell Dockett's recovery:


Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 30

Darnell Dockett updated fans on his status and rehab via his Twitter account:


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:



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:

Original Text

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: 

Cardinals VP of media relations Mark Dalton confirmed the devastating news:

The defensive standout took to Twitter to express his thoughts: 

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:

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. 

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:

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.