Arians says Jonathan Cooper will play after getting knee drained


Cardinals offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper, a top-10 pick in 2013, had his rookie season derailed by a broken leg.  His second training camp has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start.

Coach Bruce Arians has expressed disappointment about Cooper’s performance in 2014, and Arians said Thursday (via multiple reports) that Cooper will play in the preseason opener against the Texans on Saturday night after having a knee drained.

Cooper ultimately appeared in three 2013 preseason games before being lost for the season.  He is listed as the starting left guard on the team’s officially unofficial depth chart.

7 responses to “Arians says Jonathan Cooper will play after getting knee drained

  1. Anyone else think it might make sense to sit the guy who just got his knee drained for the first preseason game of the season?

  2. The Cards deserve what they got with Cooper. They had to get cute and draft him when Chance Warmack was still on the board.

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    If Cooper can play up to expectations and FA acquisition Jared Velhdeer is as advertised, then the Cardinals have an upgraded OL.

  4. kamthechancellor says:Aug 7, 2014 3:41 PM

    Watched them in camp recently and that offensive line was as porous as ever.


    Yea I am sure a Hawks fan went and watch the Cardinals practice, in ARIZONA.By the way Arizonas offensive has been looking outright dominant this year.

  5. The article fails to mention that when was asked about Cooper, he said since having his knee drained he is moving much better and back to pre injury form.

    Its not like he was playing like crap in the first place, he was rusty from having sat out for a full year almost. Mistakes that he has since corrected and is looking more n more like himself with evey practice. I watched a practice very recently and Cooper looked dominant, his elite athleticism and excellent technique was on full display. RG Paul Fanaika has improved trememdously, adding a lot pf strength n trimming down over the off season & shows a much, much higher understanding of his role in the offense. Arizona is also very lucky to have 2013 3rd round pick OG Earl Watford. Watford is 6″4 , 300 pounds of pure muscle & next to Cooper, was drafted because he was the 2nd most athletic OG in the draft but needed development coming out of a small college. Watford has developed masterfully & is really pushing Fanaika for the starting RG role.

    At the tackle spots, Arizona signed 26 year old 6″8 320 pound pro bowll quality linemen Jared Veldheer who is in his prime & has looked utterly dominant stopping everywhere coming his way. He is a massive improvmemt on that line, and him & LG J. Cooper make for a elite dominant side of that line. RT Bobby Massie , also looks extremely dominant on the right side n looks to be in the best shape hes ever been in. The 6″6 1/2 320 pound RT has really mastered the playbook which kept him basically red shirting last season even after pro football focus ranked him a top 3 OT over the 2nd half of 2012, his rookie year, with him giving up ZERO sacks n almost 9 pressures over the last 9 games after adjusting to the speed of the NFL. He is going to be an excellemt RT.

    Arizonas offensive line is massively improved this season & looks great with a ton of talent between LT J. Veldheer- LG J. Cooper- OC Lyle Sendlein – RG P. Fanaika or possibly E. Watford – RT B. Massie…….. OC Lyle Sendlein will be resting a calf strain so he won’t play this Saturday. Their back up OC, who for a backup is high quality, in OC Ted Larsen.

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