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Budda Baker to have surgery after Panthers game

Budda Baker, Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker plans to play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions but will head to the operating room afterward. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Baker has sustained a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb.

Baker has already been nursing the injury in their first two games of the season. Despite not playing in full condition, he still emerged to be the main anchor of the Cardinals’ secondary. He tallied 15 tackles in their opening win against the San Francisco 49ers and followed it up with five recorded tackles against the Washington Football Team.

His presence on the defensive side helped limit their opponents’ scoring en route to grabbing two straight wins to start the 2020 NFL season. Despite having to go through the knife, the team is optimistic that the four-year veteran will only miss one game which will be their Week 4 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

Sophomore free safety Dionte Thompson will most likely slot in the starting position in lieu of his absence. On the other side of the field, the Panthers are also playing without their main man in Pro Bowl running back Christian McCaffrey who sustained a high ankle sprain during their Week 2 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will miss a couple of weeks for the team as well.

The Cardinals will then have the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, and the Seattle Seahawks slated on their schedule for the following weeks. The team can only hope that Budda Baker will not further aggravate his injury and will have a successful surgery in the coming weeks.