Golden (foot) has been battling plantar fasciitis this offseason, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Although Golden has been limited at times throughout the Cardinals' offseason program due to the plantar fasciitis, this issue doesn't appear to be anything serious in the grand scheme of things. However, that could always change if it lingers into training camp and the preseason, so don't be surprised if Arizona management continues to take a cautious approach with their reigning sack leader by limiting which drills he can partake in.
Golden secured 51 tackles (41 solo), including a team-high 12.5 sacks, and forced four fumbles in 16 games during the 2016 campaign.
In the Bruce Arians era, the Cardinals ranked in the top half of the NFL in sacks just one time in the first three seasons, boasting the sixth-most in 2013 with 47. With 35 and 36 in the subsequent two years, the front office was proactive last offseason, trading a 2016 second-round pick and disappointing guard Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots for Chandler Jones. The addition of Jones seemed to facilitate the development of Golden, who formed a fearsome pass-rushing combo with the Pro Bowler. Leading the league with 48 sacks this season, the Cardinals were one of two teams to roster a pair of double-digit sack artists -- also, divisional foe Seattle -- as Jones was right on Golden's tail with 11. Entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Jones is a prime candidate to receive the team's franchise tag next month, at the very least. Maintaining consistency along the defensive front should help foster Golden's overall development.
Golden registered a pair of sacks along with three tackles in Saturday's 34-31 win over the Seahawks.
After going without a sack in five straight games, Golden has notched four sacks over his last five contests to give him 10 on the season. The second-year linebacker is emerging as an elite playmaker, and will be worthy of a high draft pick in 2017 IDP leagues.
Golden's limited participation in Friday's practice foreshadowed his availability Sunday, after he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He's slated to get the start at outside linebacker per usual.
Golden is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins due to a hamstring injury.
Golden was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday but his limited participation on Friday indicates he may be able to play in Week 14. Kareem Martin and Alex Okafor figure to see some added snaps if Golden is held out.
|P3||8/26/17||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ DEN||9:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ LAR||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
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