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

Cardinals G Jonathan Cooper resumes running; on track to return for OTAs

Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Jonathan Cooper suffered a a broken leg in the preseason, which put him on the sideline for his entire rookie season. The injury essentially made Cooper’s rookie campaign a “redshirt” year, but he is making some great progress and on track to get in a full offseason of work.

According to the Cardinals official website, Cooper has been able to resume jogging and he is on track to return for OTAs.

The addition of Cooper – who said he’s started jogging and is on track to participate in OTAs — is one change for an offensive line which could be getting a makeover in 2014. The unit improved from 2012 to 2013 – from 26th to 13th in pass protection and from last to 17th in run blocking, according to – but it’s an area both General Manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians have specifically targeted as a spot to improve.

The Cardinals are also expected to look at adding another offensive lineman early in the 2014 NFL Draft, so they could be a much improved team along the trenches next season.

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