Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) - Despite hope earlier this week that guard
Jonathan Cooper could return this season, the Arizona Cardinals placed the
seventh overall pick of the 2013 draft on season-ending injured reserve
Cooper suffered a fractured left fibula last Saturday in a preseason game
against the San Diego Chargers and had surgery the following day. First-year
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians had said on Monday that the expected the
starting left guard may have been able to return in 10-to-12 weeks and the
club would hold off putting him on IR.
That changed Friday as the Cardinals began trimming their roster ahead of
"Based on the medical prognosis and weighing all of the other factors, we
decided that placing him on IR made the most sense for the team and for
Jonathan," said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim in a release. "Knowing
his work ethic and commitment, we have no doubt Jonathan will come out of this
experience fully ready to be a key contributor next season and for many more
Wideout Mike Thomas, signed by Arizona on Aug. 20 after being released by the
Detroit Lions, was among 13 players released. Rookie wide receivers Charles
Hawkins and Dan Buckner were also cut, as was five-year veteran guard Chilo
Rachal despite the loss of Cooper.
Defensive tackle David Carter, who appeared in 16 games last year with four
starts, safety Jonathon Amaya and tight end Richard Quinn were among those
with experience that did not make the Cardinals roster.
Also released were center Adam Bice, tight end Alex Gottlieb, guard Senio
Kelemete, linebackers Zack Nash and Colin Parker and safety Curtis Taylor.
Arizona's roster stands at 61 players. All teams are required to be down to 53
players by 6:00 pm ET on Saturday.
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