Steve Keim: “Heartbreaking” to lose Chandler Jones for season

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The Cardinals will be without a major piece on defense for the rest of the season after edge rusher Chandler Jones tore his biceps in last Sunday’s win over the Jets.

During an appearance on 98.7 Arizona Sports Friday, General Manager Steve Keim called the injury “heartbreaking” and discussed the difficulty that the Cardinals will face when it comes to filling his spot on defense.

“I said this weeks ago, that there are certain players you cannot replace,” Keim said, via the team’s website. “You can’t replace Chandler Jones. Now collectively as a group we all have to step up, but you can’t replace Chandler Jones. Unfortunately, Deacon Jones in his prime is not out there. You have to do the best you can.”

The Cardinals signed Isaiah Irving off of Denver’s practice squad and Keim said he’ll continue looking for players who could help be part of that collective solution to the problem of replacing Jones. A trade would be one avenue to go down, but noted difficulties in that process that include “the question of why a team is willing to part with a player that you covet.”

4 responses to “Steve Keim: “Heartbreaking” to lose Chandler Jones for season

  1. LOL

    1. Not good vs eite competition
    2. Weak vs the run.
    3. Fades late in games and late in seasons.

    Every Pats fan saw this as a pattern with him and knew why BB turned him into 2 more rings and the best interior lineman in football in Joe Thuney.

  2. That’s so unfortunate. This is the year that premier pass rushers are getting injured. Von miller. Boss. Chandler Jones. That’s unfortunate for them, as he has absolutely dominated opposing teams the last couple of years since coming from New England. Hope he gets healthy.

  3. I’ve followed Chandler Jones since his days at Syracuse and was thrilled to see him go in the first round to NE. Anyone who has watched him closely would agree that

    1. He has his best games against elite competition
    2. Excellent against the run.
    3. Plays strong throughout the game and season – over the course of his career he has more sacks in 4th quarter than the first 2 quarters combined.

  4. Not to mention his outstanding leadership and positive energetics with everyone on the team… Maybe this might bring them all together to up their own game a notch or two?

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