If Ken Whisenhunt is hoping to build his version of the Steelers defense out west, one spot sorely needing improvement is outside linebacker.
Arizona’s average group was dealt a blow Monday, when they learned second-round pick Cody Brown will miss the entire 2009 season because of a “devasting, rare injury,” according to his agent.
The Arizona Republic reveals that Brown will undergo surgery for several dislocated bones in his wrist. The recovery period is only 4-6 months.
Brown, a UConn grad, wasn’t expected to make a huge impact as a rookie while he converted from defensive end. But the lost season will slow his development and chance to win a starting job next year.
Chike Okeafor, Clark Haggans, and Bertrand Berry are Arizona’s top three outside linebackers. Their average age: 33 years old.