Brett Keisel to meet with Cardinals

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Darnell Dockett has been lost for the season. After suffering an ACL tear in practice on Monday, the Cardinals hit the market for a replacement defensive end. They may have already found their man in former Steeler defensive end, Brett Keisel.

Keisel was a seventh round pick for the Steelers back in 2002 and took some time before he finally found his footing in the NFL. His rookie year he made five appearances, making four tackles. His second year he missed the entire season after getting surgery for a shoulder injury. He never became the starter until 2006, after signing a four year contract extension, and the former right defensive end, Kimo von Oelhoffen, departed for the New York Jets.

Through out his NFL career, Keisel has amassed 391 tackles and 29 sacks. Last season, Keisel recorded four sacks, four hits, and 19 hurries in 574 total snaps. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) Keisel was horrible against the run, grading him out to a -13.5, but grading him a +4.3 in his pass rushing ability.

If Keisel is signed it looks as if it would be a backup role. With Frostee Rucker having a good camp, and two rookies who have drawn rave reviews from teammates and coaches, Keisel would likely be signed as a rotational player to play with Stinson and Rucker on the right side.

This will be something to keep our eyes on, especially since the defensive side of the ball has been plagued with suspensions, departures, and now injuries.

Phoenix Sports Kings Lead Contributor Alex Mann @mannrotb

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