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Calais Campbell injury: DE out 3-4 weeks; Bruce Arians, Larry Fitzgerald, others react to 'dirty' play

Team upset with the illegal block

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Doug Pensinger

One of the biggest losses the Arizona Cardinals suffered in their 41-20 loss to the Denver Broncos was the injury suffered by defensive end Calais Campbell.

He was injured on an illegal block by Denver tight end Julius Thomas. Thomas was penalized for it, which nullified a 77-yard touchdown pass.

Here it is.


After the ballgame, head coach Bruce Arians indicated it was a pretty serious injury, as tweeted Darren Urban. Campbell will miss three to four weeks with a sprained MCL.

Arians was also very upset about the play. He called it "the dirtiest play I have seen in 37 years of coaching football."

Teammate Larry Fitzgerald was also angry about the play. He said "it was bulls**t" to the media after the game.

Thomas can expect a fine. The league fines players $8,268 for an illegal low block or a chop block on a first offense. Arians believes it is not enough. He knows the league will fine Thomas, but Arizona is left without one of its most important players for many weeks.

Former Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth, who now is an analyst for ESPN, reacted to the foul and then had to change his story.

How bad was that play from your perspective? Should Thomas be suspended?

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