Cardinals G Iupati missing time with triceps injury
- Mike Iupati of the Arizona Cardinals is reportedly day-to-day with a triceps injury, which coach Bruce Arians hopes will not sideline the stalwart left guard for any meaningful amount of time.
- 2016 was a relatively down season by Iupati’s lofty standards (likely due to a nagging ankle injury), as the 74.8 overall grade he earned was the lowest of his career. Despite this setback, Iupati has consistently provided value as an above-average run-blocker throughout his seven seasons (above 81.0 in six seasons), highlighted by a 2012 campaign when he was PFF’s sixth-highest-graded guard (85.2) and earned PFF’s third-highest run-blocking grade (89.3).
- While Iupati has always excelled in the run game, he has proved at times to be vulnerable in pass protection, with three seasons where he graded below 70.0. His pass-blocking efficiency of 96.1 ranked 35th of 61 qualifying guards in 2016. The Cardinals hope that his healed ankle and improved conditioning contribute to a bounceback season by the veteran in 2017.