GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 12: Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche #90 of the Arizona Cardinals tackles running back DeAndre Washington #33 of the Oakland Raiders for a loss during the second half of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 20-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Nkemdiche out for game against Falcons 

Nkemdiche, who’s set to enter his second season in the NFL, suffered a calf strain in practice on Tuesday and also won’t play in the Cardinals’ exhibition finale against the Broncos, Arizona coach Bruce Arians told the Phoenix media. 

Nkemdiche, a first-round pick last year, played well in training camp, according to the Arizona Republic. Although he remained on the second team, Nkemdiche showed quickness and power in training camp and offensive linemen had trouble blocking him.

Nkemdiche played in just five games as a rookie and was considered a disappointment. 


DRAFTED: First round, 29th overall in 2016
College: Mississippi
Height: 6-4
Weight: 296
Hometown: Loganville
High school: Grayson
Age: 22

Highlights: He was the consensus No. 1 overall recruit in the nation after playing for former Grayson head coach Mickey Conn. He was an immediate starter for the Rebels. He played some defensive end and defensive tackle as a freshmen. He was a very good college player, but never lived up to his immense hype. His inconsistency was troubling to some NFL scouts. He played like Mean Joe Greene against Alabama and then disappeared against Arkansas. The uneven play was a red flag to some. He had a spotty rookie year with the Cardinals as he played in only five games. 



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