Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Just three days after he returned to the team,
the Cardinals have placed pass rusher John Abraham on injured reserve due to
continued symptoms from a Week 1 concussion.
Abraham failed a concussion test upon his return to the Cardinals on Tuesday
and has still yet to be medically cleared by team doctors. The 15-year veteran
had requested and was granted a leave of absence to deal with the injury,
which occurred in Arizona’s season-opening win over San Diego on Sept. 8.
It’s possible that Abraham, the NFL’s active leader with 133 1/2 sacks, has
now played his last down. The 36-year-old is in the final year of his contract
and had been contemplating retirement during his brief time away from the
Abraham had 11 1/2 sacks to lead Arizona last season and was chosen to his
fifth career Pro Bowl in 2013.
With regular punter Dave Zastudil still bothered by a groin injury that’s
prevented him from kicking the season’s first two weeks, Abraham was moved to
IR to clear a spot for Arizona to re-sign punter Drew Butler.
Butler served as the Cardinals’ punter during Zastudil’s absence, averaging
47.8 yards on eight attempts and placing two kicks inside the 20-yard line.