John Abraham placed on injured reserve

AP

John Abraham’s season has reached a close.

The Cardinals placed the veteran outside linebacker on injured reserve Friday, the team’s website said. The 36-year-old Abraham suffered a concussion in the Cardinals’ Sept. 8 win vs. San Diego.

A 15th-year pro from West Virginia, Abraham has recorded 133.5 career sacks. He is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. Given his age and his health, it’s reasonable to wonder if he will return to NFL play in 2015.

To replace Abraham on the roster, the Cardinals re-signed punter Drew Butler, who has kicked in each of the first two games. The re-signing of Butler suggests Dave Zastudil’s status for Sunday’s game vs. San Francisco could be in doubt because of the groin injury that’s ailed him.

22 responses to “John Abraham placed on injured reserve

  1. Bruce Arians said a week ago that Abraham was back and ready to roll .. This is why independent doctors now control concussion protocol instead of teams.. I wonder how many high school kids have coaches telling them they’re ‘ready to roll” when in fact they aren’t even close.

  2. Probably for the best. I think he was close to mortal danger with all the concussions he’s already sustained.

  3. Seems like a move made for Abraham’s own protection as much as anything. I don’t know the specifics of his contract but I have to think there would be some way for the Cards to let him go without paying him his full salary if they really wanted to go that route.

  4. I thought Bruce told us “he was more than ready to roll.” Bruce, care to speak up? I guess the Cardinals organization stepped in and told Bruce that when someone has major head trauma, can’t remember anything, can’t pass a concussion protocol, and has all the symptomatic signs of CTE, he’s not “more than ready to roll.” Thanks, Bruce.

  5. Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested on charges of assaulting a former girlfriend by grabbing her throat and shoving her to the ground. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and received one year of supervised probation.

    I dont care who he plays for, I demand an explanation. He should NOT be working in this country. This isn’t even an accusation. Its priven guilt. Stay classy NFL.

  6. Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested on charges of assaulting a former girlfriend by grabbing her throat and shoving her to the ground. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and received one year of supervised probation.

    And he is currently suspended by the League, without pay, for a year on an unrelated drug violation. He can’t bein the team facility, he can’t participate. For all practical purposes, he isn’t employed by the League this year. When he is reinstated, he will be cut. What else do you want?

  7. Futhermore whynotjustadmitit, the way Washington’s contract is written, if he is cut today, he’d get paid and it would be a huge cap hit to the Cardinals. If they wait to cut him after he is reinstated, it is a smaller cap hit and he takes home less pay.

    Are you advocating that he should be paid more or something?

  8. Wait, there are people on this board defending Bruce Arians for telling everyone that he was “more than ready to roll” after the symtoms he was suffering from were released? Are you serious? Meatheads.

  9. Wait, there are people on this board defending Bruce Arians for telling everyone that he was “more than ready to roll” after the symtoms he was suffering from were released? Are you serious? Meatheads.

    Abraham initially left the team because his heart wasn’t in it. Arians was referring to the return of John’s desire to play, not his medical well-being.

  10. “I had a long time with [Abraham] today and he’s more than ready. We just have to get him past the concussion protocol. He did not pass today,” Arians said. “We’ll have to wait and see when we can do it again. Hopefully we’ll have him for this week but he’s excited.”

    When you read the whole quote, doesn’t stash918’s comment seem a little misleading?

  11. Stash918..you need to brush up on your facts:

    ‘He’s more than ready,” Arians said. “We just go to get him to pass the concussion protocol. He did not pass today. We’ll have to wait and see when we can do it again. Hopefully we’ll have him for this week. But he’s excited.’

    As stated by others, Arians was saying that he was ready to roll as in not retiring..but as you can _clearly_ see above, he stated that Abraham still needed to pass the concussion protocols in order to get back on the field.

  12. Chris

    You just said he’s suspended for a year on an unrelated charge, which means it’s unrelated to my original posts too. Why wasn’t he indefinitely suspended for his domestic violence charge, or cut? Because it wasn’t on video? Why wasnt he suspended or cut when it was just an accusation?

    You cant answer these questions, I know. Stay classy NFL. (nothing against Card fans)

  13. whynotjustadmitit

    I could be wrong, but I think they are honestly taking his suspensions one-at-a-time. He was suspended for 4 games on the first drug charge. Then he was suspended a year for the 2nd drug charge. If, for some reason, he was kept on the Cardinals’ roster in 2015, they would expect for him to finally serve the 6 game suspension (or worse) for the DV plea.

    I just don’t think the League wants him to serve the drug and violence suspensions concurrently. They want to have his serve one before they hand down the next.

  14. Ironically, Washington may actually now face even harsher penalties under the updated domestic violence guidelines (which also needed the support of the NFLPA to establish) since he’s already on suspension and they haven’t gotten to addressing his domestic violence situation yet.

    Not to throw cold water on your angry rant or anything.

  15. “whynotjustadmitit says:
    Sep 19, 2014 1:30 PM

    Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested on charges of assaulting a former girlfriend by grabbing her throat and shoving her to the ground. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and received one year of supervised probation.”

    ___

    This all I could find recently in regard to that.

    “Arians was also asked about the Cardinals and linebacker Daryl Washington, who pled guilty to an assault of the mother of his child.

    “Totally different set of circumstances,” Arians said.” – azcardinals.com

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