Lyle Sendlein walked off the field frustrated Tuesday afternoon.
The Cardinals’ starting center hurt his left calf the day before, and now was going to be sidelined for about three weeks. Sitting and watching a training camp practice for the first time was difficult.
“It’s not a comfortable situation for me,” Sendlein said.
The fortunate part is Sendlein is expected back before the end of the preseason and coach Bruce Arians is not concerned about Sendlein missing some time. It actually worked out OK last season for the Cardinals when
In Sendlein’s place is veteran Ted Larsen, who has been working mostly as backup guard.
“It’s a blessing in a lot of ways,” Arians said. “(Lyle) stays healthier and young guys get a lot of good reps.”
Larsen and quarterback
“I’ve taken so many snaps with Lyle you get used to one guy and then another guy comes in and you just have to find out where you put your hands and where he snaps the ball,” Palmer said.
“Lyle is as integral part of this offense as anybody. … When Lyle gets back, it’ll make (Ted) a better guard.”
Sendlein understands the idea of getting reps for others, but he has a hard time seeing any benefit in missing time.
“I don’t know,” Sendlein said. “That’s not usually how I plan being ready for the season.”
ABRAHAM STILL ABSENT; RETURN UNKNOWN
Starting outside linebacker
“It can be a distraction, but the guys on this team won’t let it be,” cornerback
“We’re looking to move forward from it. We can’t wait to get him back to see what kind of health and condition that he’s in, and we’re hoping he can put up another double-digit sack season.”
INTERCEPTIONS COME OFTEN
Earlier in the day, Arians had shrugged off too many concerns about the defense coming out ahead.
“The defense should dominate,” Arians said. “They’ve been looking at the same offense for 18 practices. They ought to know what the hell is going on.”