Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick injured his left knee during practice Wednesday night (8/4). CB Greg Toler jumped on Patrick’s back after the TE caught a pass over the middle. Patrick had to be helped off the field, but he was able to put weight on the knee as he made his way to the sideline. GM Rod Graves believes the injury is not as serious as it first appeared, but there’s no prognosis on what this means for Patrick’s immediate future. It’s safe to say, however, that he’ll be sitting out the next few practices at least.
Although Patrick has hardly been a focal point of the Cardinals’ offense at any time, any injury to the offense is magnified this year with so much change. It’s critical that the Cardinals hold on to continuity wherever possible and Patrick, for whatever he’s worth, has been a mainstay in the Cardinals’ formations.
In other injury news, Hamza Abdulla will miss some time due to a hamstring injury. Abdulla doesn’t project to be a significant contributor this year, but his injury does force Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson to run with the 3rd team defense.
Finally, Ali Highsmith went from 2nd on the depth chart at inside linebacker to being cut from the team. In his place, the team signed LB Pago Togafau, which seems like shuffling the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. Togafau appeared in two games for the Cards last year after spending four weeks on the practice squad. Togafau signed with the Titans this off season, but was cut on Saturday before the Cardinals picked him up. The Cardinals also signed safety Aaron Rouse, who played 14 games, starting eight, for the Giants’ atrocious secondary last season.