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

Arizona Cardinals think Jonathan Cooper can return this season

Arizona Cardinals first round draft pick guard Jonathan Cooper fractured his left fibula. He had surgery on that fracture and the Cardinals are “holding out hope he can return later in the season” according to the team’s website.

“We don’t want him to be a rookie again next year,” head coach Bruce Arians said.

To fill Cooper’s now vacant spot at the left guard position is right guard Daryn Colledge. The musical chairs continue, to fill his vacant spot at right guard is back up Paul Fanaika.

“(Daryn) is not as athletic as Coop, but he’s more than adequate,” Arians said.

The left guard in Arians offense pulls a lot and Colledge isn’t quite as able as Cooper is when  healthy.

Anyways, best case scenario Cooper is back in 10-to-12 weeks according to Arians. That would make him available for the last six weeks of the season. The Cardinals however have to get the roster down to 75-men by tomorrow and 53 by August 31st. The Cardinals could still decide to put him on the injured reserve list.

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