What Does Alex Okafor’s Injury Mean for Arizona Cardinals?

By Michael Terrill
What Does Alex Okafor’s Injury Mean for Arizona Cardinals
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The season is not exactly going according to plan as the Arizona Cardinals have only won one game in three contests. Unfortunately, the Cardinals received horrible news in the form of several injuries to their outside linebacker corps.

Sam Acho, Lorenzo Alexander and rookie Alex Okafor are all done for the 2013 NFL season after suffering injuries in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. Acho and Alexander were both placed on injured reserve on Monday with a broken leg and an injured foot. Meanwhile, Okafor is done after he tore his bicep muscle.

What exactly does this mean for Arizona? For one thing, it certainly is not good. Losing one outside linebacker is tough but to lose three in the same week is detrimental. Okafor could be considered the most devastating loss only because he was going to get some solid playing time with Acho and Alexander done for the year. Obviously, the torn biceps will set him back quite a bit.

The Cardinals have signed outside linebacker Vic So’oto, who played with the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders. So’oto has recorded eight total sacks in 11 career games. Meanwhile, inside linebacker Kenny Demens has been promoted from the practice squad to take Okafor’s roster spot.

Arizona will look to veteran John Abraham and fellow outside linebacker Matt Schaughnessy to step up in order to carry the load. Considering the Cardinals have struggled to get after the quarterback as it is this season, it is certainly disheartening to lose pass rushers.

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