Cardinals Robert Nkemdiche out vs Lions

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Cardinals Robert Nkemdiche out vs Lions

Detroit Lions fans have seen some ugly football, but the first quarter of the Lions' 2017 regular season was brutal even by Detroit standards.

Both starting safeties - Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson - recorded interceptions in the first half Sunday.

What happens to the Cardinals offense if Johnson can't return? The Lions limited opposing quarterback Carson Palmer to 269 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

His first touchdown, a 10-yarder, displayed the 6-foot-4, 213-pound receiver's catch radius and leaping ability. How the Lions did it, with an offense that struggled to get going until the second half and relying on a strong performance from the defense, was key as well since Detroit's defense was a unit in question all preseason.

The 22-year-old, who played his college football at the University of MS, was selected by Arizona in the first round (29th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The teams briefly traded punts, but as the Lions lined up to boot it out of their own end zone, punter Kasey Redfern dropped the snap and was forced to scramble. Before David Johnson's injury, the Lions did well containing him, too, in part because of smart defense from the front four - Detroit's biggest question entering the season.

Nkemdiche hardly played during his rookie campaign, taking the field for only five games and failing to register a single tackle. He was 29 for 41 yards for 292 yards and threw 45- and 10-yard TD passes to Golladay, along with short passes to Theo Riddick and Marvin Jones for scores.

Johnson was taken to the locker room and the Fox sideline reporter said the Cardinals were examining Johnson's wrist.

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