Arizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati will undergo knee surgery, meaning he will be out for six to eight weeks.
According to Adam Schefter, the recently acquired guard will have to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week, which will result in him being sidelined for anywhere between six to eight weeks.
Iupati was expected to be a starter in the Cardinals offense after he signed from the San Francisco 49ers in March earlier this year. The three-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the NFC West team.
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The Cardinals were looking promising after rebuilding their offensive line that wasn’t very good at all last season. The addition of Iupati alongside Jared Veldheer on the left with Jonathan Cooper and Bobby Massie on the right showed a strong unit entering the season ahead.
Now though, alongside Iupati, Massie will also be absent with a three-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Also the Cardinals’ centers aren’t looking convincing, which has lead to a recall of Lyle Sendlein, who was released back in March.
This could be detrimental to other parts of the Cardinals offense. Quarterback Carson Palmer has recently returned from an ACL injury and isn’t as mobile as he used to be, so he needs to rely on a good offensive line to protect him. If they don’t, he is going to be hit a lot which will do more harm than good.
The Cardinals have good weapons on offense, but a concerning lack of talent on the offensive line means Palmer might not be able to use it to it’s full potential.