While the overall extent of the injury seems to be minor, the final result is disappointing as Mike Jurecki is reporting that Robert Nkemdiche may be out 2-3 weeks.
According to Jurecki, Nkemdiche suffered a left calf strain in practice yesterday, and the injury could jeopardize his availability for the Arizona Cardinals opener against the Detroit Lions on September 10th.
Obviously if the injury is on the two week side of things, Nkemdiche could find himself back in the lineup for game one, but if it is in the three week side, he could start his 2017 season against the Indianapolis Colts in week two.
It is a big blow to not only the team, but Nkemdiche who has consistently been the most physically dominant and disruptive defensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals all camp and preseason.
The biggest issue is that Nkemdiche had struggled with an injury in 2016 that put him behind and he was never able to fully recover.
Now, Nkemdiche has clearly been a diff player in 2017, he has been more consistent and dominant, but you have to be excited about what you saw.
Hopefully this report is slightly off and Nkemdiche is back out there week one, while also being back to dominating the competition.
Per Bruce Arians, it shouldn't be that long:
Arians: DT Robert Nkemdiche strained a calf, is day to day. Will be in a boot "for a minute."— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 23, 2017