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Cardinals Rookie Jonathan Cooper Suffers Broken Leg

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Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

Jonathan Cooper’s season might be over before it even begins. The No. 7 pick from the 2013 draft and arguably one of the best prospects from the draft this past April, suffered an apparent broken leg in the Cardinals' preseason matchup versus the Chargers. The Arizona Cardinals official twitter handle tweeted out his injury late Saturday night.

Head Coach Bruce Arians confirmed the broken leg and that Cooper would be out indefinitely. However, he left hope that Cooper could return later in the season.

Cooper's injury occurred early in the third quarter as Cooper was blocking downfield. The rookie collided with a player, who landed awkwardly on his leg as it rolled. Cooper appeared to be in obvious pain and had to be carted off the field.

Four Cardinals starters left Saturday night’s preseason game due to injury: Dan Williams, Rashard Mendenahall, Rob Housler and Jonathan Cooper, the rookie out of North Carolina who arguably is the biggest hit to the team. The Cardinals ranked last in the league in total offense last season. The uniquely talented and athletic Cooper, given his big size, was expected to start and help up front on a thin Cardinals offensive line to help protect and create a pocket for Carson Palmer, who isn't the most mobile quarterback.

With the NFC West looking to be the class of the conference, the Cardinals, a projected sleeper team this season, haven’t been given any favors as they deal with some key injuries to start the season.