The Arizona Cardinals placed rookie first-round draft choice Jonathan Cooper on the season-ending injured reserve list Friday after determining his broken leg would need a full season to heal properly.
Cooper, chosen seventh overall, was the Cardinals’ starting left guard and the centerpiece of an evolving line.
“Based on the medical prognosis and weighing all of the other factors, we decided that placing him on IR made the most sense for the team and for Jonathan,” first-year Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement released by the team. “Knowing his work ethic and commitment, we have no doubt Jonathan will come out of this experience fully ready to be a key contributor next season and for many more beyond that.”
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