SARASOTA, FLA. – Lorenzo Alexander started to choke up.
The veteran linebacker wasn’t tearing because of his season-ending Lis Franc injury suffered in New Orleans Sunday, but instead the thought of the much more difficult situation of teammate
“I’ve never had to miss a season, so this is a temporary setback for me,” Alexander said.
“There’s no reason to be sad or be down, especially with the situation when Dan loses his Dad, it puts things in perspective that this is temporary.”
The Cardinals were also trying to keep things in perspective football-wise, after a bad 31-7 loss to the Saints the day
Alexander and Acho were placed on injured reserve. Outside linebacker
Where the Cardinals go from here scheme-wise will be interesting.
“Obviously (Alexander and Acho) are core people,” Arians said. “Their energy will be missed as much as their play.
“I think it’s a matter of going to practice and taking care of business the next day. Injuries happen. No one plays with the same 22 guys all the time. You hate for them to happen at the same position but that’s usually what happens. You just have to take the next guy, see what happens, bring a guy in if need be, and give them an opportunity.”
Arians said both Alexander and Acho were having good games Sunday. Acho got his first – and what turned out to be only – sack of the season. Alexander, who also is a key member of the Cardinals’ special teams corps, was covering Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and planted to make a tackle when his foot gave out.
Alexander, who has never been on IR, said he knows some long-term injured players “go ghost” and disappear from the team. He told the coaching staff he will be around to help.
“But I know they brought me in for more than just football,” Alexander said, offering to coach young players at either linebacker or special teams.
“Like coach always says, next man up,” cornerback