Cardinals LT D.J. Humphries out for rest of season with back injury
Arizona Cardinals left tackle D.J. Humphries will not play for the final five games of the season due to a back injury suffered before Week 10.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced the move Monday, a day after Arizona fell to 4-8 on the year.
Humphries was placed on injured reserve Saturday, meaning he would miss at least all the games until the second-to-last game of 2022.
The Cardinals’ defeat Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers leaves them with a slim-to-none chance of making the postseason.
The 28-year-old Humphries made his first Pro Bowl in 2021 and signed a contract extension before this season that keeps him on the team through 2025.
The three-year extension was worth a total of $66.8 million, with $34 million guaranteed and $21 million going into the tackle’s pocket in Year 1, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Humphries was the Cardinals’ first-round draft pick in 2015, at 24th overall.
After sitting out his entire rookie season, Humphries has been a mainstay at left tackle, starting all 83 games he’s played for Arizona.
He struggled with serious injures early in his career, combining to play 14 games in the 2017-18 seasons before suiting up for every game in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
In 2022, the Cardinals have started 2020 third-round pick Josh Jones at left tackle in the four games Humphries has not played.
“Really been impressed by him,” Kingsbury told Arizona Sports’ Wolf & Luke on Monday. “He’s really stepped up when asked to go in there at left tackle … I think it’s been good for his confidence and it’s exciting for us moving forward.”