GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals veteran outside linebacker John Abraham might finally report to Arizona’s training camp in the next few days.
Arizona general manager Steve Keim said Wednesday he expects Abraham “sooner than next week.” If the five-time Pro Bowler were to return before the Cardinals head to Minnesota for Saturday’s preseason game against the Vikings, he’d have to join the team either Thursday or early Friday. Arizona isn’t scheduled to practice Sunday and returns to a full camp schedule on Monday.
Keim wouldn’t comment on why Abraham hasn’t reported almost three weeks after training camp began.
When Abraham reports, he’ll be treated like an injured player returning to the field, Keim said.
“He’s got to work himself back into playing shape,” Keim said. “A guy coming off 11.5 sacks at 35 years old, you’d like to think that he’s going to still be able to contribute. He’s just got to get his legs back underneath him.”
Abraham, the NFL’s active sack leader, made his fifth Pro Bowl last season after entering the top 10 on the all-time sack list.
He was arrested on June 29 and charged with DUI after police found him asleep behind the wheel at an intersection in suburban Atlanta. It’s unknown if Abraham’s arrest is related to his absence from camp.
“I think it’s always a concern when there’s off-field issues to deal with,” Keim said. “At the same time, I think that it’s given him an opportunity to step back and look at the situation and realize that if he wants to continue playing football he’s got to get his life in order.”