Clemons to IR; Okafor out up to a month

Posted by Darren Urban on October 13, 2015 – 6:00 pm

The Cardinals’ special teams took a hit despite their win in Detroit this past weekend: They have lost a pair of their best special teams players. Linebacker Kenny Demens tore his ACL and was replaced on the roster by Dwight Freeney, and then Bruce Arians said tonight on his weekly SiriusXM NFL radio appearance that backup safety Chris Clemons (hamstring) was also going on season-ending injured reserve.

In a little better news, Arians said linebacker Alex Okafor, who hurt his calf Sunday, was expected to be out 2-to-4 weeks, which isn’t a terrible timeline because Arians said it was once feared worse. Even a month out would include the bye, so it essentially gives Okafor an extra week to recover. Arians said the Cardinals worked out a handful of players today to see who would fill Clemons’ roster spot.

(It reminded me a lot of the last time the Cardinals spent a week away. Okafor got hurt that trip too, and it was on this Sirius spot on Tuesday night that Arians broke the news Okafor was out for the season. This time, much better.)

As for Freeney, Arians said the plan is to play Freeney as a pass rusher only in nickel and dime packages, around 15 or 20 snaps a game. Arians didn’t say whether or not that included this weekend in Pittsburgh, but he did say Freeney had already dived into the playbook today.


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13 Responses to “Clemons to IR; Okafor out up to a month”

  1. By Crow on Oct 13, 2015 | Reply

    Nice sign, ive been saying they shouldve signed freeny since the offseason sad to hear bout clemons and Demens #nextmanup

  2. By NJAzCardsFan on Oct 13, 2015 | Reply

    Darren- Would this mean that the Cards are looking for a Safety to replace Clemons or a quality Special Teams type player?

  3. By Darren Urban on Oct 14, 2015 | Reply

    NJAZ —

    RE: Clemons replacement

    Maybe. Since they only have three cornerbacks, they may add a cornerback.

  4. By Steve on Oct 13, 2015 | Reply

    Darren: Just curious, when B.A. and Keim want to sign a player off the street such as Freeney or any free agent for that matter, does Keim have free rein to do that given that he knows the cap structure and space that he has to work with or do they both have to get approval from Michael Bidwill before they can sign a guy?

  5. By Darren Urban on Oct 14, 2015 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: “Permission”

    Keim makes the call. Michael Bidwill is looped in for sure and would have to approve, but he trusts Keim.

  6. By georgiebird on Oct 13, 2015 | Reply

    This is a dangerous stretch of 3 games against AFC teams. They may not be the best teams but they may be the roughest. These games will take us to the break. I hope we can minimize the injuries.

  7. By fozzybear on Oct 13, 2015 | Reply

    Cards are built to withstand injuries this year, (see last year) and keep stocking the cupboard with very talented 1-year prove-it deal players. Funny how a 5th toughest schedule turns into a schedule of nobodies and are looked upon as overrated. Not easy to win in this league, much less blow teams out. We will see come January. . . .

  8. By AzDesertRat1953 on Oct 14, 2015 | Reply

    I would say at this point if Steve Keim told Michael Bidwill that “Fozzy Bear” would be a good replacement Michael would say “Yes!”
    Knowing that Steve Keim would Not ask to sign anyone unless they could help the Team.

    GO CARDS!!!

  9. By Richard L on Oct 14, 2015 | Reply

    High quality Free Agents want to play for Arians and the Cards!

  10. By GRyan on Oct 14, 2015 | Reply

    AzDesertRat1953 – are you saying Fozzy Bear is out of rehab and available?

  11. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Oct 14, 2015 | Reply

    Agree, tough stretch. Road wins don’t come easily. But BA will “will” us to a W Sunday…is my bet. Steelers, tough minded, Cards even more so…and the better team. Keep remembering BA’s video in locker room “we ain’t giving that (bleep) up this time”, referring to 2 game lead. I believe him.

  12. By sbrown on Oct 14, 2015 | Reply

    agree with you Patrick Hoog –
    we all looked at this part of the schedule and knew that it would be tough. back to back on the road, home for Monday night, then back east to Cleveland.

    Cards take’em one at a time and play great ball, should come out with a streak of W’s. before the bye week.

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