Bethel suffered a setback with his foot three weeks ago, meaning his activity level in training camp will be an issue of pain tolerance, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Bethel's offseason has been dedicated to his recovery from surgery to repair a fracture in his foot. He subsequently missed the entire offseason program, which likely spurred the decision to sign veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins last week. Once Bethel is able to participate in drills, he'll be focusing on locking down the starting corner spot opposite Patrick Peterson (ankle), but currently there's an opening for Jenkins or one of the other depth DBs to make an impact in camp.
The Cardinals placed Bethel (foot) on the active/PUP list on Tuesday. The veteran corner will now miss the beginning of training camp as he continues to nurse his foot after undergoing surgery back in April. Bethel is the favorite to win the starting corner position across from Pro-Bowler Patrick Peterson, but a prolonged absence during training camp could complicate the situation. The Cardinals signed veteran Mike Jenkins recently and drafted two rookie corners that could compete for the starting gig.
Bethel (foot) is penciled in as one of the Cardinals' starting cornerbacks in advance of training camp, the team's official site reports. "Obviously Justin is the current starter, but it's always going to be an open competition," general manager Steve Keim said Tuesday. "Knowing [coach] Bruce Arians and his staff, we'll play the best 11 out there, so whoever gives us a chance to succeed. But we have expectations for Justin." Keim commented in the wake of the Cardinals making one of their classic veteran signings -- cornerback Mike Jenkins inked a deal Tuesday -- at least under his reign over the past three and a half years. Jenkins provides experience to a group of CBs lacking in that department outside of Patrick Peterson (ankle), but the vote of confidence in Bethel certainly bodes well for his prospects. Although Bethel enters camp in the latter stages of his recovery from a fractured foot, he put together a decent sample size as a starting corner late last season, racking up 25 tackles, four passes defended, and one interception in four games (including playoffs).
Bethel (foot) missed the entire offseason program, the Cardinals' official site reports. After inking a three-year extension in early December, Bethel was pressed into starting duty within weeks due to Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL in Week 15. Bethel subsequently tallied 25 tackles, four passes defended, and one interception in four games, including two postseason tilts. As the offseason proceeded, the team allowed veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers to leave via free agency, which placed Bethel at the top of the depth chart at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. However, Bethel's offseason has so far centered about rehab from surgery to repair a "slight" fracture in his foot. With no activity in the offseason program, he may have hindered his chances in pursuit of the gig, but the prudent approach is expected to ensure that he's 100 percent once training camp begins in late July.
Bethel underwent surgery to repair a fractured foot this week, which is expected to sideline the cornerback during OTAs, the Arizona Republic reports. Bethel reportedly played through a "slight" fracture in the foot last season, yet he was forced into a starting role following Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL in Week 15. In the following four contests (including playoffs), Bethel totaled 25 tackles (24 solo), four passes defended, and one interception. With Jerraud Powers exploring free agency, Bethel is currently penciled in as the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson (ankle), but the upcoming NFL Draft and his recovery may impact his current standing.
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