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Arizona Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote says defense is good enough to overcome Darnell Dockett injury

Larry Foote

The Arizona Cardinals have lost several key pieces to their defense from last season -- most recently, defensive end Darnell Dockett to an ACL tear during Monday's practice.

But linebacker and 13-year NFL veteran Larry Foote, who signed with the Cardinals in May, said this year's defensive unit remains a formidable one.

Specifically, Foote said the Cardinals' much-hyped secondary has been as good as advertised during training camp, and it will allow the defense to compensate for Dockett's loss.

"I like what we've got. We've got a lot of guys who can cover, and when you have that, you can be flexible with the play-calling," said Foote, who spent 11 of his first 12 NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"(Rookie safety Deone) Bucannon is playing next to me a lot on third down. That's the type of rookie you want -- somebody who likes violence, likes contactů He's going to be a player in this league."

Foote said the defense is "still confident" minus Dockett, but there's no doubt that his loss is a major blow.

"There's not one man that can fill his shoes, especially as a leadership role, but everybody picks their game up when you lose a guy like that. Corners have got to pick it up, safeties -- everybody on the team -- and we've got enough talent to fill in the gap."

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