FLAGSTAFF – Levi Brown was a rookie in 2007 but was still running second string at right tackle behind Oliver Ross – until Ross suffered a season-ending triceps tear in the preseason.
That was when Brown entered the lineup and didn’t leave, save for some ankle troubles that first year, until now, when he suffered what likely could be a season-ending triceps tear in the preseason.
Brown’s initial replacement at left tackle isn’t a rookie, but he’s a virtual rookie.
“It’s not the easiest thing,” left guard
“That guy” could be many at this point. Young gets a chance, but so too will D’Anthony Batiste, who not only will start at right tackle on the other side from Young but will later flip to the left side against the Titans to show what he can do.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt also referred a couple of times to the possibility of bringing another player in via free agency or waivers, which makes since given all the players destined to be released in the next couple of weeks.
Whoever it is “there’s no better way to honor Levi then to step up and play well,” wide receiver
Young was on the practice squad all of 2011, save for the final game of the year when the Eagles tried to sign him to their active roster. Not wanting to lose him, the Cardinals promoted him to their own roster, and he has been running as Brown’s backup throughout camp.
“They’ve plugged me in,” Young said. “I know I have a lot of work to do and I feel like a rookie again. You can play a perfect game 99 percent of the time but you are judged on that one sack. You have to be consistent.”
Young, who went to Michigan State as a defensive lineman, didn’t start playing left tackle until he was a senior in college in 2010. Coincidentally, the first sack he allowed in college was against Wisconsin’s O’Brien Schofield, now his teammate.
He has talked with center
But in both cases, they have to prove they can make it work in the game. “We’ll see how they handle it,” Grimm said.
The group will grow back into a unit, Whisenhunt said. It’s not that it has a choice.
“It’s always tough when you have to replace somebody, but that’s the nature of this business,” Grimm said. “I’m not going to go and stick my head in the pillow and start crying. This is an opportunity for one of these young guys to step up. Let’s see if they take advantage.”