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Detroit Lions to face Arizona Cardinals team without top 2 cornerbacks

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Robert Alford suffered a significant injury on Thursday night.

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Detroit Lions fans are familiar with ugly preseason games. The past two years have been tough to watch for fans, even if the games don’t matter.

The Arizona Cardinals had themselves one ugly night on Thursday, too. Their first-team offense managed just two first downs (both by penalty) in four drives. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray was sacked twice, completed just 3-of-8 passes for 12 yards and gave up a safety.

Their defense wasn’t any better against the Oakland Raiders. They gave up 24 points in the first four possessions, allowing Derek Carr and Mike Glennon to complete a combined 13-of-16 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns.

But, as always, the worst thing that can happen in the preseason is injury, and unfortunately for the Cardinals, they couldn’t escape that fate either. According to head coach Kliff Kingsbury, starting cornerback Robert Alford has a leg injury that will result in him missing an “extended amount of time.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports it will be at least two months, meaning he’ll certainly miss the season opener against the Lions.

Alford was one of the Cardinals’ biggest offseason signings. The former second-round pick inked a three-year, $22.5 million deal with Arizona. According to our friends at Revenge of the Birds, Alford had been “one of the best players on the field” during training camp.

It’s a horrible loss for the Cardinals, who will already be without All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson for the first six games while he serves a suspension. Arizona is expected to rely heavily upon veteran corner Tramaine Brock and second-round pick Byron Murphy to replace the two.

The Lions, of course, will face off against the Cardinals in Week 1 of the regular season. For an offense with a new coordinator and a franchise quarterback looking to rebound after a down year, this is a prime opportunity for Darrell Bevell and Matthew Stafford to get off to a hot start.