Bridges headed to IR

Posted by Darren Urban on September 2, 2012 – 7:49 pm

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Cardinals apparently have lost a potential offensive tackle to a season-ending injury.

After everything the Cards have been through losing left tackle Levi Brown (who is on injured reserve and is done for the year), veteran offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges tweeted out tonight he had tore ligaments in his thumb, needs surgery and is himself headed to injured reserve. Bridges actually began training camp as the starting right tackle on the other side from Brown. He was demoted in favor of D’Anthony Batiste and then, when Brown went down, Batiste actually migrated to left tackle and rookie Bobby Massie took over as starting right tackle.

Still, Bridges is (was) a valuable component. He could play every position but center (and if you ask him, he’d probably say he could play center too). He was the catch-all as a backup and valuable in the locker room as a smart, veteran guy. He had a bit of nasty in him, which helped.

In theory, the Cards can use the same “bring-back” IR rule on Bridges if they want, but they would have to keep him on the active roster through the first game. Then the Cards could make him the one guy they could bring back later in the season from IR. If Bridges indeed goes on IR this week, he will definitely be out for the season (and, as a non-starter, he may not be the guy the Cards would want to use up their special spot upon.)

The Cards already had an extra lineman on the roster — usually they have eight, but they had kept nine — but two backups are fifth-round guard Senio Kelemete and seventh-round tackle Nate Potter. Those guys might have to grow up very quickly. Potter is the only backup tackle. Adam Schefter tweeted out the Cards worked out Cowboys castoff Pat McQuistan, who has been in the league since 2006, today as well. The Cards are definitely having to juggle around some pieces now.

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30 Responses to “Bridges headed to IR”

  1. By Jedwrds on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    What’s happen to Brandon Keith? He’s not available? Injured?

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Jed —

    RE: Keith

    I’m not sure what his situation is. Hasn’t signed anywhere.

  3. By chevy on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Is Lydon Murtha an option?

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Chevy —

    RE: Murtha

    I have no idea.

  5. By AndyStandsUp on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Is it just me or is this season starting like last season’s Rams?

  6. By georgiebird on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Disagree with IR rule. Instead of designating an IR guy to eventually bring back – the IR rule should give the team the discretion to bring back one of its IR guys.
    All guys heal differently. To designate one player will put undo pressure on that player/team to return during the season even though setbacks may take place in the healing process. Lawyers will have a field day with the IR rule.

  7. By nodavis2000 on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Ya know what’s funny Darren??? Since Brown got hurt, I haven’t read too many people say ‘good, now let’s get a “good” tackle or upgrade the position.’ A lot of people always talked crap about Brown and our tackle positions. Now though, since we’re in an even WORSE state, most of the naysayers have gone into hiding. I think that ‘s funny. Hopefully people will shut up about ‘we need new tackles’ now because they great ones are already on teams. A franchise Left Tackle never hits free agency.

  8. By Kurt on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Wondering if Keith can’t pass a physical due to that knee. Hopefully Jeremy can bounce back hate to see the Cards shut down that nasty attitude

  9. By georgiebird on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    See where the Chargers are also starting an undrafted FA at LT. What is the order for picking up released players and does the Conference have any bearing? Or is this a process of bidding for one’s services?

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Georgie –

    RE: waivers

    For players who aren’t vested vets (four years, who are just unrestricted free agents) the claim order for now through the first three weeks of the season is the same as April’s draft. So the Cards are 13th in the order.

  11. By in fitz we trust on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    the phone rang last week. The wake up call is finally a reality.

  12. By sackman on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    If his injury is only a thumb what timetable or we looking at? If is just a few weeks. Could we trade him? Would that be a possibility? Or do you think nobody would be interested in him?

  13. By Mark on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Andy maybe that might be the best thing because the Cards coud draft Matt Barkley. And I know what your thinking, He is way better than Matty Hottub.

  14. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone else smell fire. Or is it just me.

  15. By AzDesertRat1953 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Oh man, Skelton is going to have a heck of a time these first three to five games until that O-line settles down.

    nodavis2000: I totally agree with you.
    [Most don’t know what they have, until it is Gone]

    Hope Whiz an company can find some help by Mon. or Tues. so they’ll have some time to adjust.

    GO CARDS!!!

  16. By AB on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Bay Area,

    I smell fire.

    Potter and Massie. Rookie tackles. This is going to be rough.

  17. By johnnybluenose on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    i don’t want to be unsympathetic and i would never never never question bridges’ toughness or desire, and i have never played on the offensive line at any level, but it’s his thumb!! why is he going on IR? could he not return with appropriate protection after a few weeks? and, am i misremembering or did big ben not play quarterback with a broken thumb on his throwing hand a few years ago? what am i missing here?

  18. By Hammy on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Where’s Leonard Davis when you need him?

  19. By Andy Kw on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Are the Cards also looking at Jeff Otah? And other than Pat McQuistan, who else are the Cards looking at?

  20. By truths4all on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    The opportunity is now here for the Cards to really bring together and train and develop a better than average Offensive Line. They must add players who are real hungry to succeed and stick with a team and that usually means younger guys who need real training. Whether or not Grimm is up to the task will now be revealed for all as there is no room for his offensive line improvements to hide. BTW, Senio Kelemete was a very good Left Tackle in college. Even though the Cards’ braintrust have concluded the he is better suited for guard, why not let him practice and play some at Left Tackle and see if he can develop beyond their expectations. At this point, there is very little downside to trying him out at tackle.

  21. By Andy Kw on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    And Hey Darren,
    Is it possible for WR DeMarco Sampson, QB Rich Bartel, WR Stephen Williams, RB Alfonso Smith, LB Quan Sturdivant and WR Isaiah Williams to make it to the practice squad?

  22. By Darren Urban on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Practice squad

    The PS list is on the blog now.

  23. By Chuck 1 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Bay Area Bad Boy,

    I know what you meant to write was: “Does anyone else smell SMOKE?”

    I, for one, have been smelling smoke since Graves didn’t address the OL problem for the last several years or during the draft and FA periods.

  24. By jmh1982 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    The reason a team has to designate the player they plan on bringing off the IR during the season is because that player has to be on the roster for the first game of the season. If the player has already been placed on the IR they will not be eligible to be the player coming back. The best case scenario for that rule would be if you have a guy that is going to miss only 6or 7 games. That way you can bring someone else in to fill that roster spot while still being able to bring that player back later in the season. In the case of either Bridges or Brown they are both likely to miss most of the season regardless.

  25. By cardsalltheway on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Jeremy Bridges,
    I take it we don’t know how he hurt his thumb. So, let me guess…Xbox, Tiddlywinks, or hand through wall?

  26. By Darren Urban on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    cardsalltheway —

    RE: Bridges

    Actually, he hurt it against Denver. But leave it to you to think the worst of someone.

  27. By cobra on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    It is quite obvious, we will depend on the OL for run support. Hopefully they can hold it together long enough for the QBs to be effective. Our offense will resemble that of San Fran last year in some aspects. A lot of play action and quick read passes to open up the downfield throws. This also explains the reasoning of keeping tall, quick and athletic receivers on the roster and PS. Our QBs are sailing the ball, running for their life or just inexperienced. I have a feeling the WRs are also working on breaking up bad passes to avoid INTs. Last, the QBs will have to scramble alot and all 3 are capable.


    Last week I suggested you be put on the blogs player squad. As it turns out, you have been on this blog for atleast a season and are not eligible. Therefore, I quess it’s up to Coach Urban to decide your fate. You may be safe though, their seems to be other posters who actually find you humorous. If you are kept on the bloggers team I hope your postings are little more optomistic once in awhile.

  28. By cardsalltheway on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    “Running back Javarris James left the game in the third quarter with a suspected ACL tear.”

    That’s all you said about any injured player after the Denver game and then 3 days later we hear via J. Bridges own tweet that he hurt his thumb, only then did you let us know but still never told us how it happened. What do you expect me to think? If I hadn’t asked we still wouldn’t know how he hurt his thumb and BTW there are worse ways to hurt a thumb than a hand through wall.

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