Golden (knee) admitted Wednesday that he doesn't have a clear time line for a return to the field, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. "If I can get back and feel healthy by preseason, that would be good," Golden said. "If not, then of course I want to be ready by the time the season starts."
Golden was knocked out for the 2017 season Week 4 due to a torn ACL. Prior to the injury, he had followed up a breakout 12.5-sack campaign in 2016 with no sacks among his 11 tackles in three-plus games. His rehab has progressed to the point that he's been a part of a running program for more than two months, but the training staff clearly is taking a cautious approach with the pass rusher. When it comes to his place in the defense, Golden will be switching to defensive end from outside linebacker as the unit transitions to a 4-3 alignment, a move that could help him bounce back as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.
Golden (knee) began running Tuesday, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Coming off a 12.5-sack season the previous year, Golden suffered a torn ACL in Week 4 and finished 2017 without a sack. He's unlikely to be available any sooner than training camp, though the reports on his progress have been positive. The 27-year-old edge rusher may end up transitioning to defensive end this upcoming season, as new head coach Steve Wilks oversaw a 4-3 unit during his time as the Panthers' defensive coordinator. Golden has spent the first three year of his career in a 3-4 base scheme, primarily rushing the passer as an outside linebacker without his hand on the ground. Listed at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Golden is only slightly undersized by 4-3 DE standards.
Golden (knee) likely will transition to defensive end under new head coach Steve Wilks, who ran a 4-3 alignment as the defensive coordinator in Carolina last season, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports.
A defensive end in college, Golden is a bit undersized for the position by NFL standards, listed at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds. He piled up 51 tackles, 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles as a 3-4 outside linebacker in 2016, but was held without a sack last season before suffering a torn ACL in Week 4. Golden is said to be progressing well in his recovery and tentatively is expected to be ready for Week 1, though it's safe to assume he'll be limited or absent throughout the offseason program. Wilks believes Golden and Chandler Jones won't have much trouble adjusting to the new defensive scheme.
Golden (knee) is close to making a full recovery from his ACL injury and should be 100 percent for the start of next season, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Golden will likely enter camp as the starting weak side linebacker alongside the likes of Chandler Jones, Deone Bucannon and Karlos Dansby. While rookie Haason Reddick was solid when stepping in for Golden last season, the Cardinals seem to favor Golden's experience and could use Reddick elsewhere. Either way, Golden's recovery process seems to be moving along just fine.
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.
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