Cardinals lose linebacker Markus Golden for season with ACL tear

Posted at 11:32 AM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 16:24:54-04

The Arizona Cardinals have lost one of their top linebackers and leading pass rushers for the remainder of the 2017 season, NFL Network reported Monday.

Markus Golden, who led the Cardinals with 12.5 sacks last season, suffered a torn ACL during the overtime period of the Cardinals' win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Golden suffered the injury during a play 2 1/2 minutes into overtime and appeared to be in considerable pain after the play, although he eventually walked off the field on his own.

Arians confirmed the injury Monday and said Golden will be placed on injured reserve. "It takes a lot of spirit out of the defense because he brings it every play," Arians said.

The 26-year-old Golden was a second-round pick by the Cardinals in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has played in 35 games for the Cardinals.

In Golden's place, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Cardinals will call up linebacker and former Arizona Wildcats star Scooby Wright III from their practice squad.

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, along with Golden's mother Rhonda, tweeted about the injury.