Arizona Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford will miss the entire season for the second year in a row. After it was reported he suffered a pectoral injury on Sunday in training camp, an update tells us it is the worst-case scenario.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Alford’s injury is a torn pectoral. He will need surgery and will miss the entire 2020 season.
#AZCardinals CB Robert Alford did, in fact, tear his pec and the injury will knock him out for the season, source said. Two years in a row, a routine play in practice ends his season before it begins. Alford will have surgery.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2020
It will be the second straight season he misses the entire year. Last year in training camp, he broke his leg and never played a down.
Alford was signed in 2019 to a three-year deal after being released by the Atlanta Falcons. He will make $5.95 million in salary in 2020 and counts $7.5 million against the cap.
Now the task will be to find his replacement. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph recently said the health of his starting cornerbacks would be “critical” to their success in 2020. Now they are down a starting outside corner.
Currently, the backups are Chris Jones and Kevin Peterson, who both played last season, 2019 practice squadder Duke Thomas and undrafted rookies Zane Lewis and Jace Whittaker.
They might feel it is necessary to go out and sign a veteran.
The Cardinals seem to lose at least one starter for the year in the preseason every year in training camp.