Arizona Cardinals taking risk with newly-signed linebacker
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By Jim Koch

The Arizona Cardinals are obviously convinced that inside linebacker Jordan Hicks‘ injury problems are a thing of the past

Just over a week ago, the Arizona Cardinals’ front office made a somewhat surprising move. Starting linebacker Josh Bynes was sent packing, creating a hole in the middle of the squad’s new-look defense. Thanks to the release, the Cards’ ample list of offseason needs grew even larger.

In a matter of days, six to be exact, a replacement for Bynes was found. At first glance, the acquisition of free agent Jordan Hicks looks like a good one for the Cardinals. A closer look at the situation, however, reveals that the club may be taking a huge risk with the former Philadelphia Eagle.

Hicks, due to various injuries, has missed 21 games in the four years he has spent in the NFL. When healthy, the 6’1, 238-lb Hicks has racked up some impressive statistics at the linebacker spot. Hicks, unfortunately, has been unable to avoid the injury bug on a consistent basis.

The problems with Hicks started back in 2015, during his rookie campaign. After a few outstanding performances for the Eagles, the third-round draft pick fell victim to a torn pectoral muscle. Hicks, who was placed on the injured-reserve list in November of that year, was leading the team in tackles when his season came to an...

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