Gandy’s future unclear after surgery

Posted by Darren Urban on December 21, 2009 – 11:31 am

Tackle Mike Gandy had surgery Friday for a sports hernia. Done by a specialist in Philadelphia, the surgery puts Gandy out three-to-six weeks. What that means is unknown. I asked coach Ken Whisenhunt if that meant the Cards would carry Gandy on the roster and bring him back later and Whisenhunt said “I don’t know that yet.” The Cards are down a safety since Matt Ware went on IR and are carrying two kickers because of the Neil Rackers groin injury, so they might not be able to afford to keep Gandy active.

But Whisenhunt said the injury needed to be repaired because it wasn’t getting better, and the Cards do have veteran Jeremy Bridges at left tackle. “As much as Mike has sacrificed, it’s nice to have guys step up,” Whisenhunt said.

Gandy’s future beyond the season is also up in the air. He is a free agent after the season, and after making $5 million this season, he may not be brought back unless he’s willing to play for less. It’s possible he’s played his last game in Arizona. Then again, maybe he comes back in the playoffs. Until he is put on IR, that’s still possible.

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14 Responses to “Gandy’s future unclear after surgery”

  1. By William on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    It seems to me that Bridges was blocking a heck of alot better than Gandy anyway. With Gandy, it just seemed like when a pass rusher would get to the outside, he would slip or fall or miss the block in general and let him get to Kurt.

  2. By ryan on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    i see no reason to bring Gandy back with Bridges here with brandon keith and herman johnson waiting in the wings.

  3. By Rugbymuffin on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    William, I agree. But I would have to put the reason for that happening on his hernia, which if you never had one, causes a problem when you must twist your torso (like doing the twist dance). That is why defenders were easily getting Gandy.

    It sounds like Gandy has indeed played his last game as a Cardinal. Too bad to end it this way since he has come into AZ and played way better than expect. Much respect to Mr. Gandy.

  4. By Ty on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Darren, what do you think of Brandon Keith? Bridges has played well at LT, but do you think Keith is the long term answer at LT? If so, might he get a look in these last few games since the division is wrapped up?

  5. By darrenurban on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Ty —

    I don’t know about Keith at LT. That is possible, and still a position at which they will look at him. But no, it’s not going to come now, not unless there is injury.

  6. By cardinalconvert on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Cardinals really need to work on a change as far as offense is concerned. They need to start running early and then bring in the passing game (instead of the other way round). Most opponents are waiting for that pass game when they start. Surprise them. Also helps defensive players like Gandy.

  7. By darrenurban on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Convert —

    Here’s why I have an issue with that — because the Cards are 9-5 with the way they are doing things. And they made a Super Bowl last season doing it that way. Do you tweak? Yes. Do you overhaul? No.

  8. By chris on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    ill miss gandy but i love bridges speicaly shutting down jared allen and rubbin it his face when Q made that spin td in the vikings game

  9. By Eazy E on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Mike Gandy should go on IR. Jeremy Bridges has played well like I expected at left tackle. Its probable he has played his last down as a cardinal. He aint a bad tackle, just that bridges is really stepping up and playing well, but I think we still probably will draft a OT. Gandy is an above average tackle though.

  10. By LUKE on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    darren,in regards to the balance of sitting players for the playoffs,do you think it would be wise to maybe give hyphen and wright more touches so beanie and tht could get some rest and keep em fresh for the playoffs?seemed we had a real advantage last year having fresh rb’s…..

  11. By darrenurban on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Luke —

    Neither one of those guys (Beanie or Tim) has had 20 carries in a game all year. If they aren’t already fresh, there is probably a problem.

  12. By Andrew on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    In the games where Kurt has not played well you will notice DE’s consistantly taking straight line runs at him right past the tackles. If Kurt doesn’t have time to take a three step drop and make a quick read and pass, he has to simultaneously survey the pass rush and downfield developments. When he is doing both, his assessment of the downfield development understandably suffers and the offense is not productive. If running backs and tight ends are chipping, they are not running good quick routes or blocking blitzers. It should be acknowledged that the tackle position is far and away the weakest on this team and threatens their post season success just like it cost last year’s Super Bowl.

  13. By Cameron on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I hope they put Gandy on the IR and let him go in the off season. Watching games this year I saw him get beat countless times off the edge. Then I watched Bridges shut down Jared Allen. Bridges did get a little more help from Hightower, but even when he didn’t have help he was quite good. I would either make Bridges the starter next season or explore free agent possibilities and let Keith develop.

  14. By NM Cards Fan on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Best wishes for Gandy, he has contributed to the team.

    We need to play our football, teams expect us to pass and we should mix it up, Darren I agree tweak yes, overhaul no. Give them what they expect, throw it, hell we have a hall of fame quarterback and a hell of a lot of weapons to throw too. Nobody could cover Fitz in the post season, he needs to get his groove back and everyone needs to come together as a team just like every week in the playoffs last year, it takes the team.

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