Cardinals security Budda Baker will miss the ultimate two video games of the 2022 season after struggling a fractured shoulder in his workforce’s Christmas Day loss to the Buccaneers, a league supply informed The Athletic. Here’s what it’s essential to know:
- Baker performed all 81 defensive snaps in Sunday’s 19-16 loss.
- He’s began all 15 video games for Arizona and leads the workforce with 111 whole tackles.
- Baker has two interceptions, seven cross breakups and a compelled fumble this season.
Baker, a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, has been a standout for Arizona this season. He didn’t miss a sport after struggling a excessive ankle sprain final month and supplied an emotional enhance in a 27-17 win in opposition to the Rams.
How large of a loss is Baker?
Some gamers can’t be changed. Baker is one. He’s been Arizona’s coronary heart for many of his stick with the group. In November, the protection suffered a high-ankle sprain that was alleged to sideline him for a pair weeks. He performed via it. As HBO’s “Hard Knocks” revealed, Arizona place coaches have identified Baker on movie and requested gamers to try to match his hustle and depth. This effort isn’t simply observed domestically. Last week Baker was named to his fifth Pro Bowl in six seasons. — Haller
Baker’s damage is simply the most recent hit for Arizona
It’s exhausting to think about what else can go incorrect for the Cardinals. With Kyler Murray (ACL damage) and Colt McCoy (concussion) sidelined, they performed with third-stringer Trace McSorley in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay. Other standouts reminiscent of tight finish Zach Ertz (knee) and cornerback Byron Murphy (again) are out for the season as effectively. The offensive line has been a patchwork job all season. Offensive line coach Sean Kugler was fired in November. GM Steve Keim lately took a health-related go away of absence. Losers of 5 in a row, Arizona (4-11) has two video games left. The finish can’t get right here quickly sufficient. — Haller
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