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Arizona Cardinals lose top 10 pick before season starts, as rookie Jonathan Cooper heads to IR

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The Cardinals haven't had the best of luck with first-round picks.

Beanie Wells. Matt Leinart. Bryant Johnson and Calvin Pace. Wendell Bryant. Andre Wadsworth. You get the point. And what makes it worse is that, because the Cardinals' record is typically bad, a lot of those wasted picks have come very high in the first round.

You can't put guard Jonathan Cooper in that list yet, of course. But Cardinals fans have to wonder when this curse will be lifted, because Cooper will not play this season. Cooper, the seventh overall pick of the draft, will be put on injured reserve, the team announced.

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That's quite a blow to an offensive line that desperately needed an infusion of talent (which is why the Cardinals spent such a high pick on a guard), and to the team as a whole.

Cooper broke his leg in the team's third preseason game, and there was some hope that he would be able to return before the end of the season. The door to that is closed with the announcement he is on injured reserve. Cooper will try again in 2014.

Cooper, from North Carolina, kept rising up draft boards after the college season, as his blend of size and athleticism appealed to many teams. And Cooper should be able to recover from this and have a great career. In the meantime, Cardinals fans can wonder what their team did to deserve such bad draft fortune.

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