Strained calf sidelines Robert Nkemdiche as Cardinals' camp winds down

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Robert Nkemdiche's training camp has prematurely come to an end.

The Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle suffered a strained calf during Tuesday’s practice, coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday. Nkemdiche will be day-to-day and miss Saturday’s preseason game at the Atlanta Falcons. He’ll also be wearing a walking boot “for a minute,” Arians said.

But the coach wasn’t concerned about the severity of Nkemdiche’s injury, saying it “shouldn’t be much” of a setback.

“He wouldn’t play next week anyway,” Arians said. “He’d miss a half of this game or so. It shouldn’t set him back hardly at all.”

Nkemdiche has turned in a consistent and productive camp thus far, playing at the type of level the Cardinals had expected from him when they drafted him in the first round last year. Arians said nothing Nkemdiche has done this camp has surprised him.

“No, it’s everything we anticipated him doing,” Arians said.