The Arizona Cardinals expect to be a pretty healthy team after they come off their bye this week. Talking to the media on Monday, head coach Bruce Arians was optimistic, saying "hopefully we'll have everyone." The one player he wasn't sure about was starting center Lyle Sendlein.
Sendlein injured his shoulder in Cleveland and was set to have an MRI. Arians appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, as he typically does during the season, and things aren't any clearer with Sendlein's injury.
Arians called it "a sore shoulder" and said Sendlein might miss the game next weekend in Seattle. If Sendlein can't go, it would give A.Q. Shipley the start in his place. Shipley, signed in the offseason, was believed to be set to be the starting center until the team brought back Sendlein near the start of training camp. Thus far, he has played some at fullback and tight end.
The good news is Arians still believes everyone will be healthy, which means they wouldn't need him at tight end anyway because Darren Fells will be back.
It has been said by Arians that Shipley is probably a little better than Sendlein in the running game, but not quite as strong in pass protection. We will see if that causes problems for Carson Palmer next week, or if the extra little bit in the running game will make a difference.
But because it is so early, no one should write off Sendlein for the game yet. He is tough and durable. He has missed only five games since he became the full-time starting center in 2008, and all those games came in 2012, when he landed on injured reserve.
If I had to wager any money on it today, I would say he probably will end up playing. We don't have any injury reports this week, so we will see in a week how much he is practicing.