Arizona Cardinals starting left tackle Levi Brown has a torn right triceps and probably will not play this season.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt revealed the extent of the injury at his Saturday news conference, saying the five-year starter will require surgery, with an anticipated recovery time that would approach the end of the season.
The 6-foot-6, 324-pound Brown was injured in the first half of Arizona’s 31-27 exhibition victory over the Oakland Raiders on Friday.
Whisenhunt said D’Anthony Batiste and D.J. Young were candidates to take Brown’s spot, and that the team would keep an eye out for players who could become available as other teams make roster moves.
“We’re looking at what could become available over the next couple of weeks and we’ll shuffle some guys around,” Whisenhunt said.
CLASH OF THE TITANS
Jake Locker’s struggles in his first exhibition start have the Tennessee Titans pushing back their timetable for announcing their starting quarterback for this season.
Coach Mike Munchak had pegged the third exhibition game for making that decision, but neither veteran Matt Hasselbeck nor Locker have been impressive splitting starts through the first two exhibitions. Munchak hadn’t met with his assistant coaches following a 30-7 win over Tampa on Friday, so he was not ready to announce his starter for Thursday night against Arizona yet, either.
“We have two more weeks to see plenty, so I guess when we feel we’re at that point we’ll make our announcements when we feel the time is right,” Munchak said Saturday.
Matt Schaub threw a touchdown pass to Lestar Jean, Trindon Holliday returned a punt for another score and Houston’s defense stifled San Francisco in the Texans’ 20-9 home win. San Francisco’s Brandon Jacobs left in the first quarter with a left knee injury, and second-round pick LaMichael James limped off in the fourth quarter. Randy Moss made three catches for 24 yards for the 49ers in his first preseason acton. … Sam Bradford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives, and St. Louis earned a 31-17 home win over intrastate rival Kasnas City. Steven Jackson ran for 49 yards on seven carries in a 151-yard first quarter that handed the backups a two-touchdown cushion. Peyton Hillis scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter for the Chiefs, and Jeremy Horne caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Brady Quinn in the waning minutes. … Rookie Jayron Hosley returned an interception of Mark Sanchez 77 yards for a touchdown, and the Giants’ defense stifled the Jets’ starters in a 26-3 win between the hometown rivals. Tim Tebow, making his home debut for the Jets (0-2), didn’t fare much better in his six series. But the backup quarterback led the Jets to their only points of the night – Josh Brown’s 30-yard field goal. … Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall looked sharp from the start, and the Bears beat Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, 33-31. In their first appearance together for Chicago, Cutler and Marshall picked up where they left off when they starred together in Denver. They connected on a 41-yard pass on the Bears’ first play to set up the first of two first-quarter touchdown runs by Michael Bush. … Shareece Wright’s 73-yard interception return set up Jackie Battle’s go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and former Seahawks QB Charlie Whitehurst threw two touchdown passes as the Chargers rallied from a dismal start to beat the Cowboys, 28-20. … Saints linebacker Chris Chamberlain says he is out for the season after injuring his left knee Friday in an exhibition.