Humphries is lat­est Car­di­nal to go on sea­son-end­ing IR

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TEMPE — The Ari­zona Car­di­nals’ bad in­jury sit­u­a­tion got worse on Wed­nes­day when start­ing left tackle D.J. Humphries was placed on in­jured re­serve with a knee in­jury.

The move leaves rookie cen­ter Ma­son Cole as the only re­main­ing mem­ber of the of­fen­sive line that be­gan the sea­son, and he took over late in the pre­sea­son when starter A.Q. Ship­ley went down with a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury. Guards Mike Iu­pati and Justin Pugh are on in­jured re­serve and tackle An­dre Smith was re­leased.

Ear­lier this week, rookie Chris­tian Kirk went on IR with a bro­ken foot, de­plet­ing an al­ready thin wide re­ceiver group.

Humphries is the 14th Car­di­nal, and sixth of­fen­sive line­man, to go on in­jured re­serve.

Coach Steve Wilks had in­sisted over the past two weeks that he was hope­ful Humphries would play but it never hap­pened.

“I think you al­ways have to be hope­ful in hop­ing that he can come back and re­ally fin­ish the year off,” Wilks said af­ter Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice. “Talk­ing to (head ath­letic trainer) Tom (Reed), talk­ing to the doc­tors, they thought it was the best thing for him just to be able to shut it down, so he doesn’t have ma­jor surgery and have a set­back for next year.”

No surgery is planned, at least not yet, Wilks said.

Four of the five of­fen­sive line­men who will start for Ari­zona on Sun­day against Detroit are rook­ies.

Sev­enth-round draft pick Korey Cun­ning­ham is the left tackle, with Will Holden — a for­mer Car­di­nal and the only non-rookie in the group — re-signed last week and started at right tackle three days later.

Colby Gos­sett, an un­drafted rookie free agent signed off the Min­nesota prac­tice squad on Oct. 30, made his NFL de­but in last Sun­day’s 20-17 win at Green Bay and will be the left guard Sun­day when Ari­zona hosts Detroit. Oday Aboushi, an­other un­drafted rookie free agent, was signed by the Car­di­nals on Oct. 23 and will be the right guard.

Ari­zona rushed for a sea­son-best 187 yards be­hind the makeshift line and quar­ter­back Josh Rosen ex­pressed con­fi­dence in them.

Rosen will miss friend Kirk, though.

“It’s a big bum­mer,” Rosen said. “I was hang­ing out with him last night. It’s a bum­mer for the Car­di­nals and ev­ery­thing, but for him as well be­cause he was start­ing to hit his stride. He was start­ing to re­ally feel com­fort­able out there, and we were get­ting that con­nec­tion.”

Rosen, though, said, he was “very con­fi­dent that he (Kirk) will come back stronger than ever.” his

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