Golden (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Golden is out for the season after Monday's MRI revealed a torn ACL, which he sustained during Sunday's matchup with the Niners. Despite being off to a slow start this season, his absence is undoubtedly a blow to the Cardinals defense. Kareem Martin, a 2014 third-rounder, is expected to slide into the starting lineup as a result.
Golden suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's 18-15 overtime win over the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
A 2015 second-round pick, Golden enjoyed a breakout 2016 campaign that included 51 tackles, including 12.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He was off to a slow start this year with only 11 tackles and nary a sack in four games, but this is nonetheless a huge loss for an Arizona defense that's had Golden on the field for 84 percent of its snaps this season. Kareem Martin, an untested 2014 third-round selection, figures to fill in as the starting outside linebacker opposite Chandler Jones. The Cardinals will be highly dependent on Jones to generate a pass rush, though it helps that the team boasts an impressive secondary.
Golden walked off the field under his own power during overtime, but he was sporting a noticeable limp. He's yet to record a sack this season, after piling up 51 tackles, 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles last year. Any absence nonetheless would be a big blow to the Arizona defense, considering Golden played 86 percent of the defensive snaps through three weeks. He'll have an MRI on Monday, with Kareem Martin set to take on an expanded role if Golden's injury is confirmed to be serious.
Golden suffered an apparent knee injury against the 49ers on Sunday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Golden went down early in overtime and eventually limped his way to the locker room. The 26-year-old left the field mostly under his own power, but specifics won't be available on the injury until an official announcement comes from the team.
Golden (ankle) played 21 defensive snaps during Saturday's preseason loss to the Bears.
Since training camp kicked off, Golden has dealt with plantar fasciitis and an ankle concern, the latter of which forced him out of practice for multiple days last week. However, he was able to take the field Saturday, when he added a solo tackle to his tackle for loss from preseason Week 1. In order to preserve the pass rusher's health, don't be surprised if he logs more DNPs in practice in order to give him a good shot to accrue double-digit sacks for the second consecutive season.
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