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Arizona Cardinals offensive line banged up in loss to Vikings

Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Mike Iupati (76) blocks defensive tackle Corey Peters, right, during an NFL football practice Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Arizona Cardinals suffered a loss in more ways than one in their visit to US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday.

In their 27-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Cardinals saw offensive linemen Justin Pugh, Jeremy Vujnovich and Mike Iupati all leave the game due to injury.

The announced that Iupati (back) left the game and would not return. Pugh (hand) and Vujnovich (hamstring) were questionable to return.

John Wetzel and Daniel Munyer were replacements for the injured guards.

Iupati had been questionable prior to the matchup with an injured shoulder and was limited in practice on Friday. Offensive lineman Andre Smith also was on the injury report with a hamstring and was limited on Friday. He played in the game.

The Cardinals signed Pugh to a five-year contract this offseason after the 28-year-old spent the first five years of his career with the New York Giants. Iupati took a pay cut in March as the Cardinals restructured their offensive line.

Arizona acquired Vujnovich off waivers at the beginning of September.


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