Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Frostee Rucker may have been a victim of some foul play.
Nicholas O’malley from MassLive.com tweeted out that Rucker got injured by a nasty chop block from the New England Patriots, and is being tested for a knee sprain according to NBC’s Michelle Tafoya.
Pats got a way with a pretty bad chop block there — injuring Frostee Rucker
— Nicholas O'Malley (@nickjomalley) September 12, 2016
Rucker limped off of the field and headed to the locker room. Arizona Cardinals writer, Kyle Odegard, reported that he threw his gloves in discuss while leaving the field.
Rucker is beginning his 11th season in the NFL. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 and played there for five years. A season with the Cleveland Browns followed and he has been with the Cardinals since 2013.
Arizona took the lead against New England 21-20 early in the fourth quarter. Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garappolo has started his first regular-season game strong. He is 19-26 for 202 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions.
Carson Palmer has played strong game for the Cardinals at quarterback. He is 17-28 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Both were to Larry Fitzgerald, the latter giving the Cardinals the lead and its Fitzgerald’s 100th touchdown catch of his career.
The Cardinals have also gotten help from last year’s rookie surprise, David Johnson. After a pedestrian first half, he current has rushed for 88 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown, including a 45 twisting, spinning run that helped set up the touchdown. Johnson has also caught 3 passes for 29 yards.