Bruce Arians’ hope that rookie tight end Troy Niklas’ badly sprained ankle wouldn’t be season-ending was short-lived. The Cardinals put Niklas on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his first campaign. In his place, the team signed veteran tight end Matthew Mulligan, who had played two games with Chicago earlier this year and has played for the Patriots, Rams and Jets. Mulligan has 16 career receptions in 67 games. At 6-foot-4 and 267 pounds, he figures to be a blocker first, as was Niklas.
It’s a rough way for Niklas’ rough rookie season to end. He missed most of the offseason work with a broken finger. He was still dealing with that during training camp, and the ankle sprain — which first occurred earlier this season — meant he missed more games that he played. He was just starting to find his role and now he’s done. The most memorable part of the season about Niklas for me was how teammate John Carlson described him: ““He looks like a 12-year-old boy who swallowed a grizzly bear.”
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