Jonathan Cooper injury: Arizona Cardinals lose first round pick to broken leg

Aug. 24, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper (61) is helped off the field after breaking his leg in the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It was a bad night for first round picks on Saturday. After Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones suffered a chest injury that forced him to be taken to the hospital, the Arizona Cardinals lost No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Cooper to a leg injury. The injury happened in the third quarter of the team’s preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.

It was clear right away that Cooper’s injury was serious once he was unable to put any pressure on his leg while being helped off the field by trainers.

As it turned out, Cooper was diagnosed with a broken leg and he could miss the entire season.

The Cardinals starters were also hit with a number of other injuries. Running back Rashard Mendenhall suffered a right knee injury that will require further testing, while nose tackle Dan Williams and tight end Rob Housler have ankle injuries. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says that Housler has a high ankle sprain.

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Jonathan Cooper

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