3-13, 4th NFC West
Jermaine Gresham - A torn Achilles is sometimes death to an athlete, but Jermaine Gresham is battling back at age 30. Gresham has never been a number one target in an offense, but still someone who is a good teammate. Gresham has not passed over 400 receiving yards in his time in Arizona, and Gresham’s injury opens up time for Ricky Seals-Jones. RSJ is a younger athlete looking for more playing time, and will go with the youthful movement in Arizona. Gresham’s injury isn’t a big blow if he misses a few games. The production mentioned before isn’t going to be missed.
A.Q. Shipley - You never want to see your starting center go down just before the season, and that was the case for the Cardinals. A.Q. Shipley tore his ACL in training camp, and at age 32 that is a pretty big deal. Shipley’s injury left the Cards scrambling a bit, and the battle will be between Mason Cole and Daniel Munyer. The Cardinals were quick to give Shipley a one year extension, and he will remain with the team to help out their rookie lineman. Shipley has plenty of time to rehab, and is expected to be back before the 2019 season.
Markus Golden - Markus Golden is a talented lineman on the defensive side, and will be needed for Arizona this season. He tore his ACL last season, and was pulled off the PUP list heading into the season. He will be on a week-to-week basis, and this line is certainly in need of a pass rush. He had 12.5 sacks last season, which was his second year in the league. Golden will need to see the practice field before anyone gets excited for a return. Benson Mayowa will likely fill in, although the Cardinals will likely rotate guys to compensate the lack of depth.
The more recent injury in the Arizona Cardinals franchise history was David Johnson. It came in 2017 against the Detroit Lions, and it was coming off a tremendous rookie season. Johnson is a utility back, and it through the Cardinals for a loop. Tyrann Mathieu tore his ACL back in 2015, and has been dealing with ACL injuries in his career. Mathieu is now in Houston, but his loss in the Arizona secondary was big. Back just before the 2014 season, Darnell Dockett tore his ACL. Dockett was a long time Cardinals lineman, and also served as their captain for a handful of seasons. Dockett’s injury rattled the defense that season. The Cardinals have a tendency to use veteran quarterbacks at the end of their careers, and that definitely carries some risk. Carson Palmer broke his arm in 2017, and the Cardinals have never carried much depth at the position despite their aging quarterbacks. This resulted in subpar play for the rest of the season. We probably won’t know how Andre Ellington’s career would have turned out. His PCL sprain downgraded him in Arizona, and constant injuries set him back within the team depth chart. Ellington came in with a lot of talent, but was one of those backs who just couldn’t stay healthy.