Lyle Sendlein ARI 5 Months

Cardinals C Lyle Sendlein will be sidelined three weeks with a calf injury.

Ted Larsen will handle pivot duties while he's out. If Sendlein's injury lingers into the season, second-year LG Jonathan Cooper has experience at center. Paul Fanaika and Earl Watford could then man the guard spots. Sendlein is a strong run blocker and has started all 16 games in five of the past six seasons.

Lyle Sendlein ARI Sep 06 '78

Cardinals placed C Lyle Sendlein on injured reserve with a torn MCL, ending his season.

The injury will require surgery. Sendlein is hardly a dominant center, but this is just another big loss to a terrible Cardinals offensive line that can't afford it. Signed to a new five-year, $16.25 million deal two offseasons ago, Sendlein had not missed a start since 2007, his rookie season.

Lyle Sendlein ARI May 08 '77

Cardinals agreed to terms with C Lyle Sendlein on a multi-year contract.

One less candidate for the Bears and 49ers. Undrafted out of Texas in 2007, Sendlein has emerged as an offensive leader and perhaps the only credible pass blocker on Arizona's offensive line. The 27-year-old has some work to do as a run blocker, but this was an important signing for Kevin Kolb.

Lyle Sendlein ARI Mar 26 '77

Free agent Lyle Sendlein graded out as the third-best pass-blocking center in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

He was the lone stalwart on one of the worst pass-blocking units in the league. The Cardinals realize Sendlein's value, naming him offensive captain along with Larry Fitzgerald last season. Arizona is believed to have a "good chance" of re-signing the four-year veteran.