Iupati to get left knee checked UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on August 19, 2015 – 12:11 pm

Bruce Arians said guard Mike Iupati will miss practice today and will get further tests to check out his left knee. Pressed on what was wrong, Arians chuckled. “I’m sending him to a doctor. I don’t know,” Arians said. “He’s got a knee swelling a little bit.” We’ll see what happens, but Arians’ mood was not of a man worried that his starting left guard was going to be out for a long time, so take that for what it’s worth.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter reported Iupati was “likely” to have surgery and would miss 6 to 8 weeks. No official word is expected until Arians talks Thursday. Defensive tackle Corey Peters was also carted off with a left leg/ankle injury Wednesday afternoon.

— The rest of the injury list is much shorter than it once was. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring) remains sidelined. Cornerback Jerraud Powers (oblique) is still limited. Still out are LB Shaq Riddick (hamstring), T Rob Crisp (knee), CB Jonte Green (hamstring) and WR Michael Floyd (hand).

— Arians is also giving all the 10-year vets a day off. So no Leach, Zastudil, Palmer, Redding, Fitzgerald or Rucker today.

— Arians said there were times Chris Johnson looked explosive Tuesday, although the running back has a lot to learn in the Cards’ offense.

Weren’t we just talking about this? Arians said he didn’t see why joint practices couldn’t be held without fighting. It’s on the coaches. “There’s no place in the game for (fighting),” Arians said. “Coaches that believe it that, they need to get new jobs.”


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  1. By rod on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Hoping for the best but expecting the worst.


  2. By georgiebird on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    It’s amazing how the current day athlete is so strong and so fragile at the same time. In all sports, a player is more likely to be sidelined by a mis-step than he is because of a violent collision.
    Many years ago, weight training for athletes (especially baseball) was frowned upon as it would hurt a player’s flexibility and dexterity. We see a lot of this today as baseball players increase their weight training and incur injuries to the oblique and shoulder that were infrequent not too many years ago.
    I hope BA is right about Iupati. But with today’s athlete if you touch them the wrong way they crumble. So strong yet so fragile.

  3. By georgiebird on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    The season is now at the stage where the fan puts all his faith in the team’s management as it navigates the team to opening day. BA and SK will now put together the best of the best to play against the Saints.
    Having followed the Cards since 1960 (my H.S. football team was the Cardinals and therein lies the 56 years of fandom). The best players I’ve seen in those 56 years. Some have stats that don’t compare due to the changes in the game and some had careers that were short as were the seasons)
    1. Warner
    2. Roy Green
    3. Larry Fitz
    4) Q
    5) Jim Bakken
    6) OJ Anderson
    7) Dan Dierdorf
    8) Roger Wehrli
    9) Eric Swann
    10) Mel Gray

  4. By Jim Koch on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    This is all they need. I really hope that MRI doesn’t show anything serious.

  5. By Jim Koch on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Weatherspoon not practicing is really annoying. Saw a shot of him on the sideline sat nite yukking it up. Wish he’d get himself on the field.

  6. By rod on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Mike out for 6-8 weeks, awesome.

  7. By jeffgollin on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Glad that BA doesn’t seem to be sweating Iupati’s knee. (That’s our job).

  8. By clssylssy on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Geez…just saw where we will be without Luputi for 6-8 weeks which will mean we are without him AND Bobbie Massie to start the season. With all the questions about our Center, Lyle Sandlein is looking like a God’s send since he at least knows the offense. Seeing that Cory Peters was carted off is more bad news for the defense and I find myself wishing I had saved that depth chart you posted a few weeks ago. Could you please repost that again Darren? Hope Keim is busy working the phones and staying on top of the waiver wire! This is not good!
    Something is seriously wrong when there are so many injuries in camp and I would think the coaches might be ready to re-evaluate their thinking about stretching and preparation conditioning before we are back to square one with our starters (no O-line and an unprotected Palmer).

  9. By Darren Urban on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Depth chart

    Always here:

  10. By shane on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply


    Any word too what exactly happened too his knee ? I’ve seen reports that is was sprained but im not sure why he would get surgery for that .

  11. By jaime on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    that’s great… that’s just real great!!!

  12. By Jim Koch on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren, do u know what’s up with Peters?

  13. By Darren Urban on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Jim —

    RE: Peters

    No, and no update expected before Thursday.

  14. By krehbieo14 on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    This pattern is familiar and frustrating. I wonder how our injuries stack up against other NFL teams? Any stats on that Darren? The only positive in this is the fact that it’s still preseason. The Cards offensive line has already taken a major hit. Here’s hoping that Sowell and Watford/ Larsen can hold down the fort. I can’t help but wonder about the effectiveness of the Buddy Morris training team and program. Just frustrated and looking for someone to blame. lol

  15. By sbrown on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    hi Darren,
    maybe too soon, but would the team put Iupati on the PUP list to start this season ?

    If he , after getting scoped, he is out for the first 5 games, does PUP help the team
    keep another player until he can come back.

  16. By Darren Urban on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    sbrown —

    RE: PUP

    You can only be on PUP if you start camp there. As soon as you practice, you are no longer eligible.

  17. By dkerry5242 on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    The news is reporting Iupati out 6 to 8 weeks. Had his knee scoped.
    Larsen rumored to be the replacement. Our O line just got weak again.

  18. By dkerry5242 on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    I believe we’ve had more injuries ever since Strength Coach John Lott left.

  19. By rod on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Is it just because we are so invested in this team that we think we had more injuries last year than any other team and starting to seem that way again this year or is it true?

    If it’s true, something has to change or AZ is just cursed and Keim should go to another team as GM so his picks and trades will see the field.

    I sound whack…but do I really???

  20. By Keith on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Watford can still play G and Humphries can play OT. From what was said during OTA’s Watford was looking real good. And Humphries haas flashes, but a rookie. Losing Iupati is not as bad as losing someone a couple of years ago.

  21. By cards62 on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    The good news is no season ending injuries so we will get everyone back. Hopefully we can mirror Seattle’s season last year as they were also missing key players during the year, but everyone was back at the end for them so we just need to remember to run the ball on the one yard line instead of passing at the end of the Super Bowl.

    Trying my best to stay positive during our string of injuries. Biggest concern is once again back to our oline especially two guards and center and what this could mean for our running game and Carson being injured.

    Go Cards and lets be careful out there.

  22. By georgiebird on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    On my list of top 10 Cardinals, and upon further review, there is one change
    at #10 remove Mel Gray and insert Terry Metcalf

  23. By Xeano on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    I’m not too concerned about Iupati at this point. The schedule is relatively light early on. We need the o-line to be healthy down the stretch.

    Let him rest. He’ll rock it when he returns. 🙂

  24. By Jim Koch on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    Darren, any chance Keim does say a 2 year deal with incentives based on playing time with Evan Mathis? Scary thought starting Larsen AND Sowell for 3 games. Plus whoever plays center just got weaker without Iupati next to them. I live in the Philly area, word is he will have to take alot less than he’s been asking.

  25. By Darren Urban on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    Jim —

    RE: Mathis

    Mathis makes no sense. Where does he play when Iupati comes back? Why would he want to come here? And where is that money coming from? Mathis isn’t taking an incentive-laden deal when he might play a few games and then go to bench.

  26. By Jim Koch on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    In response to Keith I agree with playing Watford at guard but DJ’s inexperience scares me on the edge. With all the praise heaped upon Earl by the coaches I can’t believe he won’t be the choice over Larsen. I think they will be OK with Sowell holding down the fort for 3 games( hopefully less with the appeal).

  27. By Jim Koch on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    The 3 top free agent acquisitions all hurt…….what are the odds on that? Didn’t they have enough misfortune last year????

  28. By Scott H on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    Iupati now????? 6-8 weeks will take us into the season, obviously, and that is our BEST case scenario. Ugh. Better get the “next man up” sign out of the attic, dust it off, and plug it in.

    Very frustrating to see your team go out in FA and get the right guys to make improvements in the right places, then lose them to injury.

  29. By Eric G on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply


  30. By Big Ken on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    We may have struck gold in Chris Johnson.

  31. By Dynosoar on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply


    can I add Jim Hart to your list. I loved watching him play and he was throwing to Roy Green. I’d like to see your 11-20, when you have a spare minute or two (haha.)

    I’d leave Mel Gary, maybe have either Mel Gray or Terry Metcalf at 11 or 12. Yeah, that’s a toss up as to who had a bigger impact.

    clssylssy and krehbieo14,

    Every day I see players on other teams going down to injury’s, it would be interesting to see how we stack up against 1. other teams and 2. the John Lot era. But I don’t know if those statistics are available.


    Just frustrated and looking for someone to blame. lol
    That my friend was an awesome and funny line.

  32. By Scott H on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to think of how this ( O-line injuries ) puts Palmer more at risk, but….Palmer really wasn’t even touched on the play that ended his season last year, so…just sayin.

    But losing Iupati will certainly affect the run game and pass protection. He is just that perfect combination of very skilled and nasty. This one hurts.

  33. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    Depth: Maybe Watford gets his chance; maybe Gunter and Williams step up… now is better time to find out than Oct 1… staying positive

  34. By James on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    I was excited all year when we got Mike Lupati and drafted our number 1 draft pick DJ Humpries to help the offensive line. Now this ! Two of our best offensive players out with knee injuries. We are already starting next man up and our season has not started yet. I hope our running backs ” David Johnson and Andre Ellington” stay heathly and do something. I hope Chris Johnson can have a flash of his past and help this team. BA get some help for the line. I’d have every team in the league being monitored on whats out there to bring in. I hope Lupati can get back soon and not miss to many games !

    Good Luck Carson Palmer you need it now.

    I’m so disappointed !

  35. By Jim Koch on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    To:Darren. You make perfect sense with your points on Mathis, especially the one about where he plays when Iupati comes back. I’m just concerned with Larsen in for those 3 games. Always hearing how high the coaches are on Watford, hoping there’s a chance he starts.

  36. By georgiebird on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    @ Dynosoar

    Jim Hart to Mel Gray and a few years later Neil Lomax to Roy Green

  37. By scott on Aug 20, 2015 | Reply

    Cooper back to left guard and Watford to right!!!!these injuries and suspension`s are getting way out of hand!!!!!odd`s are another 3-4 key injuries before 1st game!!!!

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