Rodgers-Cromartie believes knee injury is serious


NEW ORLEANS – The injuries came quick, shredding the secondary and then scaring the quarterback.

The Cardinals were loathe to talk about how the injuries hurt them Saturday against the Saints – “We can’t say one guys was hurt so we lost,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “We can’t do that” – but there was little question they had an impact.

Already without wide receiver Anquan Boldin and linebacker Gerald Hayes, the Cardinals first lost safety Antrel Rolle to a concussion and then cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a serious left knee injury. Both happened early in the first quarter of the 45-14 loss.

Later, quarterback Kurt Warner was blown up on a blindside block by Saints defensive end Bobby McCray following a Warner interception, sending Warner out of the game for a possession while he got X-rays to determine he had bruised ribs.

Defensive tackle Gabe Watson also hurt his knee.

Rolle will be OK, as will Warner. Rodgers-Cromartie will have an MRI Sunday, but he said he believes he tore ligaments, which would require surgery and significant rehab.

The absence of Rolle and Rodgers-Cromartie didn’t help a defense that had struggled the second half of the Wild Card game against Green Bay and then couldn’t seem to slow the Saints Saturday.

“We played two pretty good offenses,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “We were playing with a depleted secondary, and that hurt us. (The Saints) exploited those matchups.”


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