Nkemdiche won't return to Friday's preseason game against Saints due to a foot injury, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Nkemdiche hurt his foot in the first quarter of Friday's game, not recording any tackles prior to his exit. The severity of the issue is yet unknown. Expect to see more of Olsen Pierre and Rodney Gunter as long as Nkemdiche is out.
Coming off a weak sophomore season, Nkemdiche is looking to bounce back for the Cardinals in his third year. The 23-year-old, who was selected 29th overall by Arizona in 2016, managed just 11 tackles (four solo) and has yet to record a sack over 17 career NFL games.
Nkemdiche's sophomore season was marred by injury issues again, and he managed to record a tackle in only six of the 12 games he appeared in. The 2016 first-round pick has played in only 17 games across his first two seasons in the NFL.
Nkemdiche started the week not practicing, but he was a full participant Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 23-year-old has nine tackles and zero sacks in 10 games this season and should serve in his usual role in the Cardinals' defensive line rotation Sunday.
Nkemdiche injured his wrist during Sunday's loss to the Redskins. While he didn't practice Wednesday, he was seen working off to the side with a trainer, according to Josh Winfuss of ESPN.com. His status for Sunday's matchup with the Giants currently is up in the air.
|P3||8/26/18||@ DAL||8:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/11/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
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