Camp Centered on Injuries After Week One

As the Cardinals first full-week of training camp wrapped up, injuries were cause for concern. Many of last year's injured reserve are back in action, but camp is taking a toll on some of the Cardinals major power-hitters. Arizona picked up a new player to off-set Al Johnson's absence and Scott Peters' new status. AZRedReport.com's Kate Hinojosa reports all the injury updates from Flagstaff.

The first major injury that has dampened the Cardinals spirit is center Al Johnson. Yesterday, he officially left training camp due to continual knee pain. No status has been brought to attention on the condition of the starting center, though many are worried about the loss. Taking his spot was Lyle Sendlein. Scott Peters picked up the second spot.

Unfortunately, Peters went down during practice and was carted off of the field.

By the end of Friday's work day, the Cardinals placed Peters on injured reserve (left knee) in order to pick up Pat Ross on waivers from the Carolina Panthers.

Ross was released by Carolina on July 31. He spent just one month with the Panthers after being released by the Indianapolis Colts on June 16 of this year.

He's moved around quite a bit. Last season, he was cut following training camp with the Seattle Seahawks and spent three weeks on the New England Patriots' practice squad.

Ross was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Seahawks in 2006 out of Boston College. He spent his rookie campaign on their practice squad.

Moving Forward

Besides recent injuries on the field many are interested in the condition of those returning to the field after last seasons losses. Defensive tackle Gabe Watson still has yet to be fully up and running from his knee injury, which has shown to benefit backup Alan Branch who is showing improvement from the increased reps at training camp.

Matt Leinart is not showing issues concerning his injury from last season and has continued to perform well.

Leonard Pope has returned from his severe ankle injury in Week 13 of last season and has continued to excel in camp, clutch performances will help him keep off Ben Patrick from taking his starting role.

Adrian Wilson is back and appears to be 100 percent after his heel injury last season. He is coming to practice every day with the integrity and the motivation to hold his reputation. After the small set back from last season he appears fully ready to take safety position and reclaim his reputation.

Three seasons in a row Bertrand Berry has had continual injuries interrupting his game time. Though at camp he appears to be 100 percent, there are many other rookie defensive ends and veterans who are looking to push him off the roster.

As training camp continues, fans hope the injuries can diminish to keep the Cardinals as strong as possible. With the loss of Johnson so early in camp some worry about the outlook of the offensive line.

The returning players from last seasons injured lists appear to be in great shape, leaving the Cardinals with the potential strength that they need to have an outstanding season.


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