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Robert Nkemdiche to have ACL surgery per team

The worst possible scenario for the Cardinals came true with Robert Nkemdiche.

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For the Arizona Cardinals, the only news lately is bad news.

The team announced today that the injury that forced defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche onto injured reserve and will require surgery, is in fact an ACL tear.

That was always the fear when the news of an IR stint and surgery, but it makes the sting even worse knowing how important explosiveness is to Nkemdiche’s game.

The news is another somber note on a sobering season.

Nkemdiche was in the middle of the best season of his career, despite only seeing time in 10 games this year, was second only to Chandler Jonesin sacks, with 4.5 on the season, was tied for second with Benson Mayowa in tackles for loss with nine, and third on the team behind both Jones and Mayowa with seven quarterback hits on the season.

Let’s hope it is a speedy recovery and Nkemdiche is able to come back and pick up where he left off this season.