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Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper has broken leg


The Cardinals have lost their first-round pick indefinitely.

Rookie left guard Jonathan Cooper suffered a broken leg in the third quarter of Saturday night’s exhibition loss to San Diego, coach Bruce Arians said, according to multiple reports. Per multiple media outlets, Cooper has a broken fibula.

Cooper was injured when he was blocking downfield on a running play. As running back Alfonso Smith was being tackled, the collision took out Cooper, who was not facing the play.

If the Cardinals believe there’s a chance Cooper could heal in time to return in 2013, the club could place him on injured reserve with the option to activate him later in the campaign. According to Darren Urban of, Arians indicated he hopes Cooper will be able to play this season.

Cooper was one of several key Cardinals who left Saturday’s game with injuries. Arians, per the club’s official Twitter feed, said that running back Rashard Mendenhall will have tests on his right knee. Also, nose tackle Dan Williams and tight end Rob Housler have ankle injuries, with Housler’s injury a high-ankle sprain, Arians said, according to the club.

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36 Responses to “Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper has broken leg”
  1. MostlyRight says: Aug 25, 2013 2:09 AM

    The Cardinals are the most snake-bitten major sports franchise West of the Mississippi.

    Cubs take the East.

    Shame for Cooper. He was looking fantastic. Hope he heals stronger than ever…Pro Bowls in this kid’s future.

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 25, 2013 2:24 AM

    There’s so little protection for interior linemen, they are basically sitting ducks out there waiting to get rolled up from behind.

    So much weight moving so fast on the lines that injuries like these are impossible to stop. Yet you sneeze near a QB or look the wrong way at a WR you’re catching a monster fine.

  3. phx1311 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:38 AM

    Still love my cards but this is a big loss with the already weak O line.

  4. rainponcho87 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:42 AM

    The fibula is the small bone in the lower leg. He’ll be back this season.

  5. sunsation3413 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:43 AM

    That really sucks….he was having a good camp and def made O-line better. Hope he’s a quick healer!

  6. romoscollarbone says: Aug 25, 2013 2:51 AM

    That stinks. Heal fast young man.

  7. mrpeary3189 says: Aug 25, 2013 3:28 AM

    Time to start the “Clown for Clowney” Campaign.

  8. kingdm8 says: Aug 25, 2013 4:12 AM

    As a Cards fan, I’ve come to the conclusion that God hates us.

  9. wilsonwillbreaku says: Aug 25, 2013 4:12 AM

    should’ve taken Warmack

  10. johanvil says: Aug 25, 2013 4:15 AM

    Oh man that’s a big blow for the Cardinals.

    Sorry but I have to ask: Why was he still playing in the 3rd quarter?
    I know the 3rd preseason game is regarded as a dress rehearsal and all but starters should play 2 quarters max.

  11. northbynw27 says: Aug 25, 2013 5:17 AM

    Sorry big man, tough to hear. Get better soon, see you next year.

    -12th man

  12. kd75 says: Aug 25, 2013 5:35 AM

    That sucks…

  13. tommyturbo1969 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:19 AM

    snap your fingers snap your leg…..signed Richard sherman

  14. bart3976 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:21 AM

    Not a Cardinals fan, but its unfortunate for any team to lose its first round pick for the season. He will likely be a very good players for years to come.

  15. gallaghedj311 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:39 AM

    Nobody likes to see this. I don’t think anyone outside their fan base believes they were contending anyway, but it has to suck when ur first round pick busts his leg up

  16. dgtalmn says: Aug 25, 2013 7:45 AM

    Unfortunate start to a NFL career. Will miss entire season.

  17. thesmartest1 says: Aug 25, 2013 8:31 AM

    Snake bitten.

  18. mikejonesforum says: Aug 25, 2013 8:55 AM

    This is a coaching nightmare when the injury bug strikes in Week 3 of the preseason.

  19. patriots123456 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:18 AM

    Some teams just can’t catch a break…

    Hope he is back this year…

    Sucks to lose your first round draft choice…

  20. papoose059 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:34 AM

    In the one preseason game I saw, the kid looked like a stud. This is unfortunate, heal up kid!

  21. hendeeze says: Aug 25, 2013 9:39 AM

    Chilo Rachal is his replacement? Good luck with that Palmer.

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 25, 2013 9:39 AM

    Terrible news. Cooper was in for a great season IMO. Going to be a great guard.

  23. steelers6rings says: Aug 25, 2013 9:40 AM


  24. themackstrong says: Aug 25, 2013 10:32 AM

    That is terrible news. The line looked much impoved in ru and pass protection. So many young lineman catch bad breaks getting rolled up on. Hope he can heal and play because Cards can be a force this year.

  25. pillowporkers says: Aug 25, 2013 10:38 AM

    If Jon Cooper only has a broken fibula, he absolutely will be back this season. Broken bones are a very straightforward time table. It’s around 6 weeks for a cast, and then he’ll probably need 2-3 weeks to feel good on it again and get some strength back. He’ll be back by week 6 at the earliest, but for sure will be back by week 10 after their bye week.

    Reggie Bush broke his fibula 2 years ago and missed 8 weeks.

  26. supremecomander says: Aug 25, 2013 10:56 AM

    I blame the Cardinals RB (Alfonso Smith). Part of your duty as an RB is to be aware of your blockers. Smith dove right into the leg of Cooper as he went down on his run. Lineman block all out for you with no protection from blindside roll-ups…the least an RB can do is keep their eyes peeled and avoid friendly fire.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 25, 2013 11:12 AM

    Wow Cards got hosed last night. 4 significant injuries in one game sucks.

  28. themostlogicalofvoices says: Aug 25, 2013 11:23 AM

    As a Packer fan I am able to empathize with you card fans. We’ve been without our two first round tackles for the last two years because of injury. Hopefully he recovers well.

  29. donnymacjack says: Aug 25, 2013 11:32 AM

    Every team in the NFC West, except St Louis, has lost a significant player for most or all of the season.

  30. icardfan says: Aug 25, 2013 11:58 AM

    I hate being a Cardinals fan. We can never get a break, no pun intended. Even when we make it to the Superbowl. Nobody will ever respect us because when we make a move it turns out bad and when something good happens to us we get snakebit. It’s not even anyone’s fault. I know this new generation of ownership wants to win badly and they are spending the money and trying. Cooper is a good kid and a great talent at a position where it’s badly needed. I’m so frustrated!

  31. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 25, 2013 12:37 PM

    Does this mean that Carson Palmer will quit or insist on being traded?

  32. brownsfanincali says: Aug 25, 2013 12:47 PM

    Was looking forward to seeing this youngster play, I was really hoping the Browns would take him or Warmack in the draft. Best of luck for a speedy and full recovery.

  33. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    Why do the Cardinals have Sloth from the Goonies as one of their commentators?

  34. jdphx says: Aug 25, 2013 1:43 PM

    Uh-oh… Carson is twitching already.

  35. tennesseetitan78 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:49 PM

    In other news Chance Warmack is looking spectacular playing for the Titans!!

  36. djjackson81 says: Aug 26, 2013 3:04 AM

    Well last season it was the Tackles who went down leading to all the focus on OL first round. Now this Cooper goes down and he hasn’t had injury history. It happens and no not all Cards fans believe they were contending yet. What sucks is ow hell still be a rookie next season as well.

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