Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Injury note: Cards' evolving TE picture
By Mike Sando
Kellen Winslow isn't the only veteran tight end making news in the NFC West.
Jeff King, at times a go-to option for Arizona last season, suffered an apparent leg injury during the Cardinals' organized team activities Tuesday.
King was on crutches and declined to discuss what happened, Kent Somers reported. Update: King is recovering from a torn quadriceps and should be ready for training camp, according to coach Ken Whisenhunt.
As much as the Cardinals valued King last season, they're looking to get more from 2011 third-round choice Rob Housler this season. Housler caught 12 passes for 133 yards, including a season-long 21-yarder against Seattle in Week 17. He's expected to push for additional playing time after getting 17 percent of the offensive snaps as a rookie.
King was fourth on the team in receptions with 27 and third in touchdown catches with three. That production came as a bit of a surprise after another free-agent addition, Todd Heap, commanded more attention upon joining the Cardinals. Heap finished with 24 receptions, one for a touchdown, but injuries limited him to 10 games (four starts).
Bottom line: Losing King to injury would be bad, but if all goes to plan, the Cardinals probably wouldn't rely on him as much this season.