The only true victory in the preseason comes if a team emerges from it without serious injury.
With that being the real test, the Cardinals may have suffered a major defeat on Friday night.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the initial diagnosis on left tackle Levi Brown is that he suffered a torn triceps against the Raiders. An MRI is being conducted Saturday morning to determine the precise severity of the injury.
If, as Adam Caplan reports the team fears, Brown is done for the season, the backup plan at left tackle is D.J. Young.
Yes, that D.J. Young. The D.J. Young you’ve never heard of. The D.J. Young who spent the bulk of the 2011 on the practice squad.
The fact that Young wasn’t drafted doesn’t mean he can’t get the job done. After all, Eagles left tackle Jason Peters wasn’t drafted.
But Young now gets thrust into a tough situation, if Brown will, as feared, miss extended playing time.
Brown was released by the Cardinals in the offseason, due to a crippling cap number on the back end of his rookie deal. He later re-signed with the Cardinals for five years.