Cardinals TE Zach Ertz carted off vs. Rams with knee injury

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz carted off vs. Rams with knee injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The already-thin Arizona Cardinals offense took another hit during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams when tight end Zach Ertz was carted off to the locker room with a knee injury at the end of the first quarter.

The three-time Pro Bowler suffered the injury on the Cardinals’ first drive of the game.

After converting a third down with a 12-yard reception from quarterback Colt McCoy, Ertz immediately walked to the medical tent where he was greeted by teammates showing their support. Minutes later, he was wheeled into the tunnel of SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Cardinals went on to tie things up 3-3, but the absence of Ertz was hard to ignore. As of the third quarter, he was listed as "questionable to return."

Ertz spent the first eight and a half years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the Cardinals midway through the 2021 season. He is currently the Cardinals’ second-leading receiver with 394 yards and four touchdowns.

Sunday’s game was already shaping up to be a boxing match between reserves, well before Ertz’s injury.

McCoy is filling in for Kyler Murray who is out with a hamstring injury, while the Rams have tried both John Wolford and Bryce Perkins in place of Matthew Stafford, who is out with a concussion.

Despite the short-staffed offense, McCoy still managed to take care of business in the first half, heading into halftime with a 17-3 lead.