Injuries take their toll on Arizona Cardinals offense

A multitude of injuries are having a negative effect on the Arizona Cardinals’ ability to put points on the scoreboard.

There was one ton of negativity directed against the Arizona Cardinals offense over the past few days. After all, quarterback Kyler Murray and company scored a meager field goal against a Seattle Seahawks defense that had given up 87 points in the previous two games.

One possible reason for Arizona’s poor offensive play is the wounds that sidelined a handful of key contributors to the unit. The Redbirds have struggled to stay healthy through the first third of the 2022-23 campaign, so the team’s disappointing 2-4 start is hardly surprising.

To their credit, the Cards didn’t use missing players as an excuse for the poor offensive performance. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury accepted much of the blame, but the group’s playmaker had to deal with multiple backups in the range.

Arizona Cardinals offense must recover several key unit members

Heading into last Sunday’s showdown with Seattle, the Cardinals were extremely thin at running back. Starter James Conner injured his ribs during a Loss of week 5 at the Philadelphia Eagles, and veteran Darrel Williams sprained his knee during the same contest. Second-year pro Eno Benjamin and rookie Keaontay Ingram tried to pick up the slack, but Conner and Williams’ production clearly missed.

Arizona was also without starting center Rodney Hudson (knee) against the Seahawks, and journeyman Sean Harlow did an abysmal job replacing the three-time Pro Bowler. General manager Steve Keim made a huge mistake last offseason when he failed to secure a more capable replacement for 33-year-old Hudson.

If that wasn’t enough, the Cards offensive line suffered another blow when left guard Justin Pugh left the game against the Seahawks in the first quarter. The news got even worse after the game when the organization announced that the 32-year-old Pugh will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

The Cardinals were hit with more bad luck late in the fourth quarter, when Marchioness “Hollywood” Brown limped off the field with a fractured foot. It could have been worse, but the fast wide receiver would apparently spend six weeks on the shelf.

Arizona hopes Conner and Hudson will be ready to leave next Thursday when the club hosts the New Orleans Saints. Based on what they did last weekend, the card offense will need all the help they can get.

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