NFC West Standings

Team Div Overall
6-0-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
1-5-0 5-12-0
1-5-0 4-13-0

2022 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 48 2.5 0 0 0

Top Markus Golden News

  • Markus Golden: Will be released

    The Cardinals are releasing Golden on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Golden struggled to make an impact in 2022, posting just 48 tackles and 2.5 sacks across 17 regular-season appearances. His release will save the Cardinals approximately $3 million in cap space, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. Golden posted 11 sacks during his first season back with Arizona in 2021 and has three career double-digit sack campaigns, so he could be an intriguing free agent and potential bounce-back candidate in 2023.

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  • Cardinals' Markus Golden: Logs sack against Broncos

    Golden finished Sunday's Week 15 loss to Denver with seven tackles (five solo), including one sack.

    This was one of Golden's best games of the campaign, as he finished one shy of his season-high tackle mark and recorded his second full sack. The veteran linebacker has played on at least 63 percent of Arizona's defensive snaps in all but two games this season, but he's produced a modest 41 tackles over 14 contests. That's about the same pace that led him to 48 stops over 16 games last season, but he had 11 sacks in that campaign versus just 2.5 so far in 2022.

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  • Cardinals' Markus Golden: Full-go for Week 1

    Golden (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's season opener against the Chiefs, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    Golden didn't practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday but returned to full participation Friday, putting him in line to play in Week 1. The 2015 second-round pick is coming off the third double-digit sack tally of his career and is set for another major role in 2022.

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  • Cardinals' Markus Golden: Receives one-year extension

    The Cardinals and Golden (toe) agreed to a one-year extension Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    Golden is coming off the third double-digit sack tally (11, to be precise) of his seven-year career last season, and in the wake of Chandler Jones' departure this offseason, the former now stands as the top pass rusher for the Cardinals. Golden's status for Sunday's game against the Chiefs is in question after he missed the entire preseason slate and didn't get back on the field until Thursday. He clarified the reason for his extended absence Friday, telling Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic that he dropped "a 50-pound kettle ball" on his toe. Arizona's final practice report of Week 1 will give a sense of Golden's upcoming availability.

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  • Cardinals' Markus Golden: Limited on Thursday

    Golden (toe) was a limited paricipant during the Cardinals' practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    While Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury did not initially elaborate on the exact nature of Golden's injury, it appears he is dealing with an unspecified toe issue injury, according to the team's official injury report Thursday. However, Kingsbury did previously tab the 31-year-old as a likely game-time decision heading into Sunday's season opener against Kansas City. Golden led the Cardinals' pass rush with 11 sacks over 16 games last year, so his health status on the Cardinals' injury reports Friday and Saturday will be worth monitoring closely.

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  • Cardinals' Markus Golden: Sits out practice Wednesday

    Golden (toe) did not participate during the Cardinals' practice Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

    Golden is likely to be a game-time decision for Arizona's Week 1 contest against the Chiefs on Sunday after head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he's dealing with an undisclosed injury Monday. The veteran linebacker stacked up 48 tackles and a career-best 11 sacks with Arizona last season, and he should serve an important role in the team's pass rush once again in 2022. In Golden's possible absence, rookie outside linebackers Myjai Sanders and Cameron Thomas would likely see increased roles against Kansas City.

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  • Cardinals' Markus Golden: Game-time call for Sunday

    Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Golden (undisclosed) will be a game-day decision for Week 1, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    The extent of the injury remains unclear, but Golden didn't appear in any of the Cardinals' preseason contests. The 2015 second-round pick recorded 48 tackles and 11 sacks last year, so his potential absence would be a big blow to Arizona's defense, which faces a stiff test against the Chiefs on Sunday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 259 lbs
Birthplace: Elsberry, MO
Age: 32
School: Missouri
Experience: 9