Cardinals place first-round pick Jonathan Cooper on injured reserve

By John Breech |

Jonathan Cooper's season is over thanks to a broken leg. (USATSI)
Jonathan Cooper's season is over thanks to a broken leg. (USATSI)

Jonathan Cooper's rookie season is officially over before it started.

The seventh overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft will miss the regular season after being placed on injured reserve on Friday. Cooper broke his leg in Arizona's third preseason game against the Chargers on Aug. 24.

Coach Bruce Arians had held out hope that Cooper would be able to return this season, but apparently the team decided it would be in everyone's best interests to put Cooper on injured reserve.

"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," general manager Steve Keim said. "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."

Besides putting Cooper on IR, the Cardinals also announced that they've cut 13 players, including: safety Jonathon Amaya, center Adam Bice, wide receiver Dan Buckner, defensive tackle David Carter, tight end Alex Gottlieb, wide receiver Charles Hawkins, guard Senio Kelemete, linebacker Zack Nash, linebacker Colin Parker, tight end Richard Quinn, guard Chilo Rachal, safety Curtis Taylor and wide receiver Mike Thomas.

The Cardinals roster is now down to 61 players. Like all NFL teams, Arizona has until Saturday at 6 p.m. ET to get its active-roster down to 53.

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