The Cardinals were hampered by losses in 2014. Early in 2015, the pattern seems to continue. Only a few days into camp the Cardinals had 13 players missing practice, mostly hamstring injuries, but others were dealing with hip flexors (Daryl Sharpton) and backs (Jermaine Gresham).
Then came the biggest injury thus far. On Wednesday, Michael Floyd left the field with a trainer tending to his left hand. Initially, it was believed it could be a broken hand, which would have sidelined the former first roun dpick for up to 12 weeks. Later, it was reported it was three broken fingers and he would miss six weeks. Finally, Kent Somers reported the injury was fortunately dislocated fingers. The recovery time is now expected to be "about a month."
Missing a month would have him miss the rest of training camp and all the preseason, but he might be ready for the regular season opener against the New Orleans Saints on September.
Floyd, who has yet to miss a game in his career, looked impressive early in camp. Six weeks off won't help him much, and it puts his return date at the season opener. Depending on how quickly he heals, he could very well miss the game.
The Cardinals will now get a strong look at the players down the depth chart. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown will now be the top two, but Jaron Brown will now play a significant role in the preseason. That opens more reps for Brittan Golden and J.J. Nelson, who very well could be fighting for one roster spot. It also gives the undrafted players like Jaxon Shipley and others a bigger shot in camp.
It's unlikely the team adds anyone else with the depth they have, but as Darren Urban says "Never say never".