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Source: MRI shows Levi Brown needs season-ending surgery on triceps

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At a time when the biggest story out of Arizona focuses on whether and to what extent quarterback Kevin Kolb is “scared,” every fan of the team should now be very afraid.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that an MRI on the injured triceps of left tackle Levi Brown reveals a tear that will require season-ending surgery.

The Cardinals are expected to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews before proceeding, but it’s believed at this point that Andrews will agree.

D.J. Young most likely will get the first crack at replacing Brown.  The free-agent cupboard is largely bare, with Chad Clifton the biggest name on the market.  Marcus McNeill recently retired, and his neck possibly would keep him from playing, even if he wanted to pull a Favre.

The good news for the Cardinals is that, with a maximum of 90 players on every roster, the other 31 teams will be dumping up to 1,147 players over the next 13 days as the August 31 deadline for cutting to 53 approaches.  Some of those players could be tackles more competent than the in-house options in Arizona.

The other possibility would be to swing a trade with a team that is willing to send a left tackle packing.

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22 Responses to “Source: MRI shows Levi Brown needs season-ending surgery on triceps”
  1. skoobyfl says: Aug 18, 2012 3:17 PM

    Bad bad Levi Brown…..

  2. blacknole08 says: Aug 18, 2012 3:19 PM

    If you have Dr. Andrews operating on you, you know it’s a serious injury.

  3. msclemons67 says: Aug 18, 2012 3:26 PM

    Additional depth on the OL can be found on the waiver wire soon.

    More importantly for the Cards, lots of QBs will be released soon.

  4. ravenmuscle says: Aug 18, 2012 3:26 PM

    This is an easy one. The Brownies are going nowhere for the foreseeable future so trade Joe Thomas to the Cardinals for a 7th round pick in 2014.

  5. steeltuff says: Aug 18, 2012 3:32 PM

    Is Russ Grimm in playing shape?

  6. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Aug 18, 2012 3:33 PM

    with the shortage of left tackles, it still amazes me that lineman murderer mike tice still has a job.

  7. covercorner says: Aug 18, 2012 3:51 PM

    I bet Kevin Kolb is scared now.

  8. huskersrock1 says: Aug 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    Is this even a loss?

  9. broncoderek says: Aug 18, 2012 4:07 PM

    Cards don’t have a QB to protect anyway.

  10. spidermanviking says: Aug 18, 2012 4:09 PM

    The gap between Brown and his replacement isn’t exactly an ocean.

  11. floridaboy619 says: Aug 18, 2012 4:14 PM

    Good thing the Cardinals made a great trade to get a QB that makes his offensive linemen look better!

  12. scytherius says: Aug 18, 2012 4:18 PM

    I would love to see something on whether there are more injuries this pre-season than ever in the NFL. Sure seems like it. It could just be that more attention is focused on injuries but, wow. Is everyone going down for the season? Would love to have an expert weigh in.

  13. realfootballfan says: Aug 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    Gees, Cardinals, just cut this bust already.

    You don’t have to keep holding onto him to justify passing on the best RB to come into the league in 20 years anymore.

  14. cliffordc05 says: Aug 18, 2012 4:46 PM

    It seems to me that the torn triceps injury is more common than it used to be. Is it my imagination or is this true? Anyone have any stats on these injuries…….

  15. westcoastredbird says: Aug 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    Levi (Teflon Man) Brown has been the worst left tackle for the last five years. This is actually very good news. Any tackle will be an upgrade. Is Usain Bolt still negotiating with the Cardinals to be a backup QB?

  16. whowhatwherefootball says: Aug 18, 2012 5:39 PM

    This will lead to the eventual death of kevin kolb by a defensive lineman.

  17. southpaw79 says: Aug 18, 2012 6:30 PM

    That would be really bad news for the Cardinals if he was actually a good tackle, or if they had a QB to protect. From now on you will see a lot of runs to the right and 3 step jump balls to Fitz.

  18. TylerHills says: Aug 18, 2012 6:38 PM

    Time for my Bobbie Massie to play and show what he’s got. I like Nate Potter too, but give Massie a shot to play LT. The NFL world might be surprised, just saying.

  19. TylerHills says: Aug 18, 2012 6:39 PM

    Time for my guy* Bobbie Massie to play and show what he’s got. I like Nate Potter too, but give Massie a shot to play LT. The NFL world might be surprised, just saying.

  20. icardfan says: Aug 18, 2012 6:54 PM

    Hey Levi Brown was a Pro Bowl alternate in ’09. This is a substantial loss for an already suspect O-Line. Great runblocker too. This season is going down the tubes. I hope Ryan Williams can save us.

  21. purpleguy says: Aug 18, 2012 8:00 PM

    Geez, is there some sort of black cloud hanging over the Cards or is this doom and gloom just part of every day life?

  22. hworm08 says: Aug 19, 2012 9:44 AM

    It always amazes me that when Levi Brown is on the field for AZ he is ‘the worst LT in the NFL’ according to ESPN and NBC. Yet, when he was a FA this spring, he was rated as a top 20 FA. Cards re-sign him, and it is this horrid signing, just because AZ signed him. Not saying Levi is great, but he was a starter level player and this doesn’t help the Cards.

    The amount of hate for the Cards by media is ridiculous.

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