Darnell Dockett‘s season was over before it even started.
According to the Arizona Cardinals’ Twitter handle, Dockett reportedly suffered a torn ACL in Monday’s practice, and will require season-ending surgery.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 19, 2014
Dockett sustained the injury one hour into the team’s practice at the University of Phoenix Stadium on a passing play, and was carted off the field thereafter, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com.
In the 10 years Dockett’s been with the Cardinals, he’s missed just two games out of 160. So, the injury is certainly rare for a player of his caliber.
Dockett, by all accounts, is Arizona’s heart and soul – not just on defense either. The 33-year-old defensive tackle has been with the Cardinals his whole career, and his efforts in 2013 were better than the prior two seasons.
Recording 4.5 sacks and 36 total tackles, Dockett showed true gridiron grit last season, and was reliable by suiting up for every Cards’ game. Hopefully, he can take a page out of some of the other players who’ve suffered ACL tears and heal incredibly fast so he can join Arizona for a possible playoff push.
The Cardinals are already without linebacker Daryl Washington for the first four games, after he violated the league’s substance abuse policy.