Arians: LB Okafor is out for the season

Posted by Darren Urban on September 24, 2013 – 5:44 pm

Coach Bruce Arians just said on his weekly Sirius XM NFL radio spot that rookie linebacker Alex Okafor has suffered a torn biceps tendon — in New Orleans, like everyone else — and will miss the rest of the season. That’s another killer blow at a position the Cardinals cannot afford losses. That means the only two outside linebackers left on the active roster that were with the team going into the weekend are converted defensive ends Matt Shaughnessy and John Abraham. Brutal doesn’t begin to describe the outside linebacker situation.

Arians also said Kenny Demens will be promoted from the practice squad, but Demens has been an inside linebacker. The Cards signed linebacker Vic So’oto just today, and promoted Dontay Moch from the practice squad — and apparently those guys are going to play right away. Arians talked often this offseason about how the Colts suffered so many injuries last season he often as interim coach had to take a guy and play him only a few days after signing him. Now he unfortunately is in the same boat with the Cardinals.

Here’s the audio from the show.

Linebacker Daryl Washington — who arrived in Florida tonight to take part in the week’s meetings — returns from suspension next week, but that still doesn’t solve the outside issues.

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31 Responses to “Arians: LB Okafor is out for the season”

  1. By rod on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    This team is just cursed. The only bright spot in those two going out was checking out Oak….sucks!

  2. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    Wow. Speechless. Next man up.

  3. By CreditCard on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    The Baseball Cardinals logo is a Cardinal Bird perched on a baseball bat. Our Football Cardinals logo needs a Cardinal Bird being speared by a fork. Fitting.

  4. By Nick Pepe on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    Can’t believe the challenges being thrown at this organization.

    Can only make us stronger.

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member
    Never played LB but I will

  5. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    Survive this week and man up. We will be alright. We have no other choice. Their are plenty of OLB available and looking for a job. Time for Keim to earn his pay.

  6. By HunterSThompson on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    Seems like a scheme switch to a 4-3 is obvious. Abraham becomes full time rush end, one week from now D-wash anchors the newcomers at LB, Dockett goes back to a position that he tore up on the Superbowl run, and the new nose tackle (who did very well last week) stays on the field even when Dan Williams can return.

    Opportunity in disguise? For one, I have never thought we had the LB corps to run a 3-4 anyway. Might as well try to get a pass rush with 4 dedicated linemen….

  7. By HunterSThompson on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    On a more critical note, keeping 5 running backs and numerous additional DBs/safeties while cutting LB Obrien Schofield (now starting for Seattle), all while insisting on running a 3-4 system seems like folly. Sorry, but that roster move might be one we talk about big time the rest of this season.

  8. By cardinal on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    trade a running back .. and get Erlacher !!!!

  9. By scott023 on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    There are no words for this. Over and over again we are tested, we will overcome this, we will fight through this. We have great talent. Remember, we are cardinals we have seen much worse. We are seeing the downside and we will see the upside, good in good out. We will not lay down for anyone. Go Cards.

  10. By G Witt on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    If it wasn’t for Bad Luck, we wouldn’t have any luck at all.

  11. By Sunny on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    Enough to make a girl wonder who was in charge of the vodoo dolls. -_-

    If we don’t see that stadium for a few years I’ll be happy. Bad luck haunts us there, and always after a strong start. After a while it gets to be too coincidental.

  12. By Dynosoar on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    Detroit is doing well without OL’s, they have IL’s that are really good. I know we beat them, and it’d be great to have inside and outside linebackers, but instead of lamenting the lack of OL and the weakness it brings, let’s focus on our strengths.

    I don’t really care who sacks the opposing quarterback, I just want to see it happen again and again. I recall Lennon last year running straight up the middle, untouched and laying the other quarterback on his back.

  13. By Cardsgirl on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    Do you think Cards leadership is sorry they let Obrien Schofield go now? He was playing well last year after the D got onto Ray Horton’s scheme. I doubt the Seahawks who picked him up are feeling sorry for the Cards.

  14. By Mark Moreno on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah why did we have to release Obrien Schofield we need him back SEATTLE!!!

  15. By cdj on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    i think we should petition to never play a game in NO again, its like incredibly bad luck for our players

  16. By Corgon on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    wow. Just when he would start. I really wanted to see what can he do inan NFL game. I thought he’ll be a fine rusher.

  17. By Dave Chaney on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    In my last comment I spoke about a Cardinal jinx. I didn’t follow them until they came to St. Louis in 1960 and I have lost count a long time ago on how many seasons this team has gone in the dumper. The team will go down in sports history as one of the worst franchises to be a fan of, if not THE WORST. The Bidwill jinx will not go away until he does. Poor Bruce Arians. He will walk away after three seasons or maybe less with his head hanging like all the other coaches before him. It’s not your fault Bruce, it’s the Bidwill Jinx. The seasons are riddled with poor decisions, poor management, poor coaching, freak injuries and just tons of plain bad luck. Case closed.

  18. By Louisville Card on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Rough couple of weeks reporting injuries. I’m sure it’s gotta be the worst part of your job. It looked like the OLB was a strong point going into the season and now this. Making lemonade out of lemons if there was ever a year to lose this is it and it looks like the cards won’t have to trade to get Teddy now….

  19. By LG on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Tampa think they can beat us with they rookie QB let’s prove them wrong Birdgang.

  20. By EDijkstra on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    I would like to see video of the plays that the LBs out – mainly want to know if NO is still playing dirty.

  21. By louis on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    we need to fire the coaching staff and the g.m. if we are going to have a wining season if not i will chance teams who knows how to win.

  22. By D on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    I would talk to Tampa this weekend about trading for J. Freeman. He is good but with the wrong system and coach. I would offer them R. Lindley and a 6th rounder. He could be the future learning this year behind Palmer.

  23. By NO BRAINER HERE on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply


    Thoughts on just strickly playing a 4-3 with this our current roster?

    line would look like this

    Abraham – Dockett – Williams – CC
    Dansby – Brinkley/Minter – Washinton

    Our D hasn’t been all that great this year anyways maybe a switch would be better?

  24. By Darren Urban on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    No Brainer —

    RE: 4-3

    As I have said before, it is difficult to make a full scheme switch in the middle of a season, but I am sure there will be adjustments made to account for the personnel losses.

  25. By dan on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    There’s no such thing as a jinx, there’s no such thing as a curse. Our team has a chance to come out of a month filled with terrible adversity with a 2-2 record. Let’s pull for our team.

  26. By QuayAZ on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    I see numerous people posting about Schofield… I liked the guy but are we forgetting that he only played one full season for the Cards, the other two seasons he got hurt. In his best season he only had 37 tackles and 4.5 sacks… Not exactly killing it. Trading a running back is the worst idea ever. What value are you going to get in a trade for a late round rookie RB? If there is one thing we did wrong this season it was letting one of the best safety duo’s go and now we have an aweful Yeremiah Bell who has been torched for about 3-4 td’s by TE’s already this season and Rashad Johnson who just is not playing well this season. Call Spiderman Kherry Rhodes right now! Get him on the phone and inked to a 1 maybe 2 year deal.

  27. By drummer-1 on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Wow…. Louis just proved to be a bandwagon fan, We don’t need fans like you, only support the team when they’re winning, I hope you do CHANCE teams, I mean CHANGE teams to root for…

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