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Cards willing to wait for Jonathan Cooper

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The Cardinals know it’s going to be some time before they see first-rounder Jonathan Cooper on the field again, after he suffered a broken leg in their last preseason game.

But they aren’t willing to wait until next year, at least not yet.

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals plan to put Cooper the injured reserve/designated list, in hopes he can make a late-season comeback.

We don’t want him to be a rookie next year,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “Hopefully, that won’t be the case.”

Cooper had surgery Sunday to repair his fractured fibula, and they expect rehab to be at least 10 to 12 weeks. But they’re willing to hold out for a return like the Steelers did with David DeCastro last year. The Steelers’ first-rounder started the last three games after a preseason knee injury.

That will require the Cards carrying Cooper on their 53-man roster after final cuts, but for a player who many thought was the best lineman in the draft, it’s a spot they’re willing to use.

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13 Responses to “Cards willing to wait for Jonathan Cooper”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 26, 2013 8:57 PM

    “My shoe, my shoe, don’t forget to bring my shoe….”.

  2. sdcameron says: Aug 26, 2013 8:59 PM

    Weird to think Fluker is out playing Cooper and Warmack and he went after them both.

  3. pillowporkers says: Aug 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    He’ll be back in week 10. That’s 12 weeks.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 26, 2013 9:23 PM

    Fluker isn’t outplaying either of them you clown. He’s doing a fine job in his own right but Cooper and Warmack have both been stellar.

  5. briang123 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:30 PM

    Reminds me of what happened to Shawn Andrews his first game. Lets hope Coer doesn’t start getting his Michael Phelps on during rehab.

  6. hendeeze says: Aug 26, 2013 9:53 PM

    It doesn’t even matter. It’s not like the Cards can compete in the NFC West anyways.

  7. mwanamatapa says: Aug 26, 2013 10:24 PM

    Placing him on the Reserve Injured Designated for Return list, does not count as one of the 53 until he returns.

  8. geen8700 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:59 PM

    Sdcameron. Try actually watching all 3 players play before you make ignorant comments…good luck with Fatboy Fluker in pass pro! Learn the game! Ur probably a gangbanger like most of the fans in the stands on Sundays!

  9. theauger says: Aug 26, 2013 11:03 PM

    Lol @ anyone who thinks Fluker was outplaying Cooper.

    Cooper has been blowing guys up in the run game consistently. On the play in which he got hurt, he was the pulling guard running over 2 defenders and ended up ahead of the rb that gained 9 yards behind him.

  10. MostlyRight says: Aug 26, 2013 11:14 PM

    Cooper was run blocking and pass protecting like a beast all preseason until this freak injury. Fluker run blocks like a beast but can’t pass protect and will be a liability there.

  11. greymares says: Aug 27, 2013 8:35 AM

    seems like a spot for that returning I.R. thing.

  12. pavelfitzgerald says: Aug 27, 2013 9:34 AM

    Just because you’re a Chargers fan don’t say Fluker’s outplayed Cooper. Cooper has looked damn good in preseason

  13. ravensnowman says: Aug 27, 2013 5:59 PM

    Card’s fans cannot catch a break, Swope retires and Cooper breaks his leg…what next Mathieu caught doing something he shouldn’t be doing. add in the fact that they are in the most competitive division in Football, say what you like about the Rams, they have given Bradford the weapons he needs to succeed. I hope your luck gets better soon Cards fans!

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