It was said by the Oakland Raiders defensive line that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb was “scared” behind his offensive line on Friday, but one of those reasons might because of what the Raiders did to one of his protector. Left tackle Levi Brown tore a triceps tendon in the game and will require surgery to repair it.
That means that Brown’s season is likely over.
But it’s not a given that Brown will be done for the year. The Cardinals have a small window where they can get around placing Brown on injured reserve. A new rule that allows a team to place one player on the physically unable to perform list (PUP), and then activate hime during the season. But there’s a litle hang up with that plan.
The aforementioned rule hasn’t yet been approved by the NFL. But if it is approved before the start of the season, the Cardinals are going to catch a major break.
“We’re looking at the players on our roster,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “We’re looking at what could become available over the next couple week.”
So in the meantime the Cardinals are in a bit of a pickle when it comes to who’s going to start at left tackle while Brown is out. D.J. Young has been Brown’s backup in training camp but he spent last season on the practice squad. There’s also D’Anthony Batiste, Jeremy Bridges and rookie Nate Potter. Batiste practiced at left tackle and is going to get the start next Friday at tackle but he’s hardly a substitute on paper for Brown.