The Arizona Cardinals announced that WR Rondale Moore suffered a hamstring injury during Thursday’s team practice.
Moore was quickly sent to receive an MRI scan. Although the official results have not been released, Moore has been ruled out for week one against the Chiefs.
#AZCardinals WR Rondale Moore (hamstring), OL Cody Ford (ankle) and CB Trayvon Mullen (toe) are officially OUT vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
— Tyler Drake (@Tdrake4sports) September 9, 2022
Keep in mind the Arizona Cardinals will already be without DeAndre Hopkins until week seven due to a suspension.
Current status of Cardinals' best pass-catchers:
DeAndre Hopkins – Suspended
Hollywood Brown – Healthy
Rondale Moore – Hamstring injury
Zach Ertz – Calf injury
— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) September 8, 2022
Rondale Moore is gearing up for a breakout season as he enters his second year in the league. Moore is one of the fastest players in the entire NFL as he once ran a 4.29 40-yard dash.
Kliff Kingsbury had some high praise for the 22-year-old out of Purdue:
“I think he wanted to play more last year, but we had all those guys — Christian Kirk, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green — playing at a high level….. But he’s worked hard this offseason and we feel he can step into Christian’s role and play at a high level inside there. I think the confidence is high right now, and he knows he’s got a big opportunity coming.”
However, injuries have always been the main concern regarding Moore. Dating back to his college days, the ability to stay healthy has prevented any consistent playing time.
Rondale Moore injury history…
CFB 2019: Missed final 8-games (hamstring)
CFB 2020: Missed first 3-games (hamstring)
NFL 2021: Missed final 3-games of regular season (ankle) https://t.co/yjX7qC3Rjd
— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) September 8, 2022
On the bright side, wide receivers Greg Dortch and Andy Isabella may have a great opportunity to pave themselves into the Cardinals offense. Both receivers have seen little to no reps over their three seasons in the NFL.
The Arizona Cardinals will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday to kickstart the 2022 season.