Linebacker Kyzir White played the first 709 defensive snaps of the Cardinals season, but his season has come to an abrupt end. He suffered a torn bicep during Sunday’s loss to the Texans, leading head coach Jonathan Gannon to announce on Monday that White will be shut down for the rest of the year. Gannon revealed that White had attempted to play through the injury before leaving the game, a display of determination that Gannon found both impressive and distressing. Gannon expressed admiration for White’s perseverance, saying “It was kind of gut-wrenching to watch, because I didn’t know he tore his bicep and he’s out there playing with one arm. That’s why he is who he is.”
So far, White has accrued a team-high 90 tackles, along with two sacks, nine tackles for loss, and three passes defensed this season. His contract with the team extends through 2024. In White’s absence, Krys Barnes has stepped into his spot, while Josh Woods has taken over the duties of calling the defense after White’s departure. Both players will need to step up to fill the void left by White’s absence for the remainder of the season.