Arizona Cardinals starting OLT Levi Brown suffered a triceps injury during last night’s game against the visiting Oakland Raiders. And according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation, the team fears Brown will be lost for the season due to a torn triceps.
If Brown is lost for the season, as feared, the Cardinals could turn to D.J. Young, who is listed as his backup. Young was signed as an undrafted free agent last season. Another option for the Cardinals could be journeyman OT Jeremy Bridges, who played left tackle for the team in the 2009 season. Bridges started the first preseason game at right tackle against the host Kansas City Chiefs.
The best available options at left tackle for the Cardinals in free agency include Marcus McNeill and Chad Clifton. However, both players have injury concerns.
After being released by the Cardinals earlier this season, Brown re-signed for five seasons. The deal, according to a source, included $12 million guaranteed ($8 million of it is fully guaranteed) and has a total value of $30 million. Brown’s $1 million base salary for this season is fully guaranteed. $4 million of his $4.75 million base salary for 2013 is guaranteed for injury only.