Injuries hammering not only Cardinals

Posted by Darren Urban on November 2, 2017 – 2:21 pm

Injuries are part of the NFL. As former Cardinals defensive lineman Cory Redding once said, “The NFL is not if you’re going to get hurt – you’re going to get hurt.” But at this point, someone needs to call mercy. Today, not only is Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury finally deemed so bad he won’t play at all in 2017 (once, the Colts were hoping he’d be back by the Cardinals’ game in Week 2, remember?) but rookie quarterback sensation Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in a non-contact play during practice.

The Cardinals play in Houston in a couple of weeks, by the way, facing instead of the dynamic, mobile Watson probably the not-so-much Tom Savage.

As Bruce Arians always said about injuries, no one is going to feel sorry for us, and certainly, the Cards won’t. They’ve had their own bad, bad luck losing their best offensive player in David Johnson, their quarterback in Carson Palmer and their top 2016 sack man in Markus Golden. But this is a crazy epidemic around the league.

Among those joining Luck, Watson, Palmer, Johnson and Golden out for the season are Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, Odell Beckham, Julian Edelman, Eric Berry, Ryan Tannehill, Cliff Avril, Brandon Marshall (the receiver), Jason Peters and Joe Thomas.


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13 Responses to “Injuries hammering not only Cardinals”

  1. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 2, 2017 | Reply

    Wow, I hadn’t even heard about the Watson injury until reading this blog. What a shame for him and for Houston fans. But, now, we’ll be facing a mediocre QB for that game as well. Is it conceivable that the Cards could actually win their next two road games?

    And if in between, they could somehow play out of their minds on Thursday night, we could be 6-4…

  2. By JTDG on Nov 2, 2017 | Reply

    Sad to hear about the injury to this rising star. That game last week against Seattle was amazing.

    As for the cardinals , on the surface it seems to help the cards, until you think of Landry Jones, Case Keenum, Nick Foles or Jimmy G beating the cards.

  3. By dkerry5242 on Nov 2, 2017 | Reply

    Practice, wow no wonder Allan Iverson was so mad about practice.

  4. By GARY HICKERSON on Nov 2, 2017 | Reply

    it seems that the injury bug is not just after the older players yikes! what a season.

  5. By Scott H on Nov 2, 2017 | Reply

    Man, what a blow to the Texans. But, hey, that city just won a World Series, so….that should cushion the blow a little.

    Ya know, as I hear about Watson going down and Luck being put on IR earlier today, I can’t help but wonder…..if either of these injuries was made official 48 hours ago…..might either the Texans or the Colts been interested in trading for Stanton? Heck, or even Gabbert?

    And how might THAT have turned out?

    The timing of that might have been very unfortunate.

    Back to Luck…, that just is not going well for the Colts. They drafted that kid thinking they were getting one of THE best QB’s to ever come out of college football, probably believed a couple of SB’s would surely follow. And he has played great at times, but…..not any time recently. And with his 2017 season going down the toilet with injuries that appear pretty serious…..this can’t feel good for those fans, I’m sure.

    BUT that is also NOT all Luck’s fault. That organization has done an un-believably inept job of building a team – or even a decent O-line for crying out loud – around a great QB. That can’t feel good for those fans, either.

  6. By Scott H on Nov 2, 2017 | Reply

    Yeah, I don’t ever remember a season so permeated by injuries league-wide. Never saw anything like this.

    And it adds to my frustration as a Cardinals fan. In the NFC, you’ve got the Packers diminished by the loss of Rodgers and now the Cowboys are being diminished by losing Elliot with the suspension in addition to other losses to other teams. Sure would have been a good year for the Cardinals to be more of a contender than they are.

    Heck, the Cardinals just might be the NFC team hit HARDEST by injuries so far. In fact, I’d say they claim that distinction hands down.

  7. By georgiebird on Nov 2, 2017 | Reply

    the worst part of all for the Cardinals- the defense is rather healthy -except for Golden)- What’s the EXCUSE for such poor play?

  8. By clssylssy on Nov 3, 2017 | Reply

    Sad news anytime a guy gets hurt but Watson was having such an amazing season and has already had one ACL. I have no doubt that they will reset, and continue with business as usual. They have survived a massive hurricane and just won the World Series so, I think that’s a city that has proven that adversity doesn’t keep them down.
    On a different front…how about those Jets and Todd Bowles’s defense!!! When we lost him, it was the beginning of our slide but have to be happy for the way things are finally coming together for him. That was an even worse dumpster fire than the Cards!
    For some reason this season seems to have had more terrible injuries including the player who had to be hospitalized for a bruised heart and the Chicago player who almost lost in leg in the game last week w the Saints because of a shredded artery in his leg! Prayers for all to have a healthy recovery.

  9. By Scott H on Nov 3, 2017 | Reply

    georgiebird –

    RE: Our defense

    Um, two things come to mind, and neither is an EXCUSE. They are REASONS. One is the GM / poor personnel decisions, and the other is a coordinator that is just not good enough.

    I don’t think it’s any more complicated than that.

  10. By JTDG on Nov 3, 2017 | Reply


    Soft zones, poor play out of cover guys not named Peterson, no push from inside line.

    That about covers it.

  11. By JTDG on Nov 3, 2017 | Reply

    One more thing about the defense;

    Remember with Bowles the ILBs shooting the “A” Gaps. Dansby and Washington had a bunch of pressures and sacks.

    Watching the Jets last night, I saw the “A” Gap blitzes again. The Jets leading sacker is their ILB.

    Back to the cards, this year, Dansby, Reddick, and Bucannon combine for ZERO sacks. Whilepart time player Josh Bynes has one.

    Where are the ILB blizes?

  12. By Dan Nicholson on Nov 3, 2017 | Reply

    JTDG : Re: Blitzing . I have myself been wondering what happened this year with ‘A’ gap blitzes. Good point and observant .As far as injuries go, that’s terrible for Texans & Watson. He was on a roll. Like I said 2 weeks ago way good players are going down more than ever this year and anything can happen in NFL. Fist things first, cards have to start winning. JTDG , Minter blitzed a- gap regularly , so where’s it at?

  13. By Lg on Nov 9, 2017 | Reply

    Bad coaching call in the endzone you should haven’t tried to run it out against this defense.

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