Darnell Dockett DL ARI 4 Months

Dockett will miss the entire 2014 season due to a torn ACL.

Dockett sustained the injury during Monday's practice, and an MRI from later in the day confirmed the Cardinals' worst fears. He'll require season-ending surgery, leaving a starting job up for grabs for players such as Frostee Rucker or Kareem Martin. The Cards' run defense now risks becoming less effective, which is something fantasy players may want to take note of when looking at early-season matchups.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI 4 Months

Dockett is believed to have torn his ACL and MCL, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

If the report is true, Dockett will likely undergo surgery and miss the entire 2014 season. It would be a major blow for a stout Cardinal defense, who would look to replace him with the likes of Frostee Rucker or Kareem Martin.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI 4 Months

Dockett sustained a right knee injury during Monday's practice, spurring an MRI, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Dockett required the use of a cart to leave the field, but the severity of the ailment likely won't be known until the aforementioned MRI is performed. If he misses any time, rookie Kareem Martin and holdover Frostee Rucker will further factor into the mix at defensive end.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI 11 Months

The Cardinals may approach LE Darnell Dockett about a pay cut this offseason.

Dockett is owed $5.75 million in salary and bonuses after struggling as a pass rusher in 2013, recording 4.5 sacks. He turns 33 in May. The Cards do not have a viable in-house replacement, so GM Steve Keim will have to tread lightly with Dockett, who remains a critical piece of Arizona's stout run defense.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Feb 16 '79

Darnell Dockett admitted that he "hated" the 3-4 scheme former DC Ray Horton ran last season.

Dockett was asked to keep offensive linemen off the linebackers, not make plays himself. He ended up with just 1.5 sacks and 34 tackles in 15 games -- his worst numbers since 2005. New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will run a hybrid scheme that features Dockett in his natural role -- an interior pass-rusher that disrupts plays in the backfield. "It's like a million pounds off your shoulders," Dockett said. Expect a bounce-back season.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Nov 07 '78

Darnell Dockett said he would have asked for a trade had Ken Whisenhunt returned as the Cardinals' head coach.

It's not a secret that Dockett was unhappy with his role in since departed DC Ray Horton's defense, and his numbers showed that, as he mostly disappeared in games last year. Now, with Bruce Arians in the fold as head coach, Dockett is determined to get back to his 2007-10 form. He is expected to move back to the middle of the defense, and Dockett's sack numbers should see an uptick.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Nov 04 '78

New coach Bruce Arians told Darnell Dockett that he will be more of a full-time interior pass rusher in the Cardinals' 2013 defense.

Dockett was wishy-washy when asked by reporters after the season if he wanted to return to Arizona. He sounds genuinely amped now. "He told me I was going to play some of my regular positions, positions I played when I was a dominant force in the middle," Dockett said. "And that got me fired up." Playing less of a two-gapping end spot moving forward, Dockett's sack numbers should rise.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Oct 11 '78

Darnell Dockett gave a vague response when asked if he wanted to return to the Cardinals in 2013.

Dockett hinted that he feels unwanted and that the organization needs to be more committed to winning, but also says he's content in Arizona. He was one of several veterans to butt heads with coach Ken Whisenhunt this season. "At the end of the day my loyalty is with the Cardinals," Dockett said. "I have given this organization everything I've got. I love playing here. I love some of the talent we've got."

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Sep 18 '781 Comment

Arizona XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki reports Cardinals RE Darnell Dockett has been fined "six figures" by the team for his in-game altercation with teammate Kerry Rhodes in Week 13, and "could have a limited role" vs. Seattle.

Darnell Dockett DL ARI Sep 14 '78

Arizona Sports 620 reports that an undisclosed incident that occurred between Cardinals RE Darnell Dockett and FS Kerry Rhodes late in Sunday's loss to the Jets may result in disciplinary action for Dockett.

Expect more details to emerge by Tuesday. The Cardinals have lost eight straight games, so it wouldn't be shocking if the team began to unravel a bit. Rhodes was the best player on the field in the Jets game, racking up six tackles, three pass breakups, two interceptions, and a forced fumble in the loss.