Sundays are the Easy Days for Lyle Sendlein
Lyle Sendlein (Getty)
Lyle Sendlein (Getty)

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Center Lyle Sendlein was viewed as the weak link in an offense line that was competent, not overpowering, last season. Sendlein's inexperience had something to do with that. He was only in his second season. But he also played with a serious shoulder injury that required surgery after the season.

Lyle Sendlein suffered a torn labrum and torn muscle against the Jets in the fourth week of the season. He started all 16 games afterward but admits now it was a struggle.

"The easy part was playing on Sundays," Sendlein said. "You have so much adrenaline and what not you do before a game. The hard part was come out here (to practice) and working through it."

The injury was to the left shoulder, which made things more problematic for Sendlein. He snaps right handed, which means his first move is usually extending his arm to reach a defender.

With the lack of strength in the shoulder, Sendlein was beaten at the point of attack more than he, and coaches, wanted.

But the Cardinals made no moves this offseason to upgrade the position. Sendlein had surgery soon after the season and has been participating fully in off-season practices.

"Playing that position and not having the ability to reach out and grave somebody and press off hurts you a little bit," said coach Ken Whisenhunt. "Now that he's healthy and the strength is improving, I'm excited.

"I see a good, young player who is going to continue to improve. We feel very good about Lyle."

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