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Cards receiver corps take another hit, as TE Pope goes on IR with ankle injury

12/11/2007 - NFL Leonard Pope Arizona Cardinals + more


The Arizona Cardinals placed starting tight end Leonard Pope, who was emerging as a presence in the middle of the field, on injured reserve Tuesday with a dislocated right ankle suffered in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

Pope, 24, suffered the injury in the third quarter when he was tackled by Seahawks' cornerback Marcus Trufant after a five-yard reception.

The loss of Pope for the final three games of the season further impacts an Arizona receiver corps already weakened by nagging injuries to starting wideouts Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

A second-year veteran, Pope had 23 catches for 238 yards and five touchdowns in his 13 appearances. At 6-feet-7, the former University of Georgia star not only represented a huge target with deep speed but was also an effective "red zone" receiver, as evidenced by his ratio of one touchdown catch every 4.6 receptions.

Pope was a third-round choice in the 2006 draft and in two seasons and 29 appearances, had 39 receptions for 399 yards and five touchdowns.

Rookie Ben Patrick, who has five receptions for 46 yards, is expected to move into the starting lineup. To replace Pope on the roster, the Cardinals signed tight end Tim Euhus, a four-year veteran who had appeared in eight games for Arizona this season before being released two weeks ago.

Euhus, 27, has 14 career receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.