Hearing the Cardinals are considering holding ILB Kevin Minter out for the remainder of the preseason. He’s dealing a pectoral muscle issue that sidelined him last week in practice, and missed the Vikings game on Saturday. Minter played in just five defensive snaps in the first preseason game vs. Texans.
The process is to let the muscle heal for the next three weeks before the opener on Monday September 8th; it could be partial pectoral where rehab is the best solution. If it doesn’t show improvement during the extended time period, the last option would be to have surgery at some point.
Arizona is already thin at ILB with the departure of Karlos Dansby, and Daryl Washington being suspended for the entire season, and they were hoping former second round pick Kevin Minter would slide into the starting line up next to veteran ILB Larry Foote.
The Cardinals are excited about the upside in Kenny Demens but has only played in two games in his career; the majority of those snaps were on special teams. Last week they signed Desmond Bishop to play ILB, coming off an ACL injury that kept him out of 12 games in 2013, played in 15 snaps on Saturday, they also brought in veteran LB Ernie Sims but he was released on August 7th.
I’m confident that Cards DC Todd Bowles will come with some kind of scheme but ultimately you’re only as good as the players that you have on the field.