Bruce Arians said “it’s not good” in his post-game press conference in regard to injury problems. That’s never a good sign. The coach will talk in a couple of hours for his Monday press conference, but it sounds like the Cardinals will have to prepare for some change.
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to lose a couple guys, probably for the season,” Arians said on his post-game radio interview.
(UPDATE: Both Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander will be placed on season-ending IR. Johnson is day-to-day. More in a story later on azcardinals.com)
I wouldn’t think, amazingly, that would include safety Rashad Johnson. The news came out this morning that Johnson’s finger injury was a nasty one, having lost the tip of his left middle finger at some point in the first half. The tip of his finger was in his glove when they took it off. Johnson had surgery to fix it. We’ll have to see what the timetable might be for Johnson now. The one thing the Cardinals have is some defensive back depth. Javier Arenas played a little safety yesterday, and Tyrann Mathieu would be the starter in Johnson’s place. Meanwhile, I guess we’ll just start calling him Rashad Lott (although contrary to the myth suddenly building on the internet, Johnson came out after the injury. He played just 21 snaps. He did not play the whole game.)
@PaulPabst lost top portion of it. Had exposed bone and skin shaved down yesterday and stitched up. Prob most painful injury I’ve had.
— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) September 23, 2013
The same can’t be said about linebacker, especially since Daryl Washington has one more game left on his suspension. We wait for the news on starting outside linebackers Lorenzo Alexander (foot) and Sam Acho (ankle), but I’ve found that in my experience, coaches usually don’t toss around the idea a player could be gone for the season unless it’s likely. Losing Alexander, who is also a key piece of special teams, would cause problems in a couple of spots. The outside linebackers available now are John Abraham (44 snaps out of 75 Sunday), Matt Shaughnessy (63 of 75) and rookie Alex Okafor (five). Okafor played his first NFL game yesterday.
Tags: Alex Okafor, Bruce Arians, John Abraham, Lorenzo Alexander, Matt Shaughnessy, Rashad Johnson, Sam Acho
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