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Cardinals’ Rob Moore Injures Knee

August 19, 2000

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Arizona wide receiver Rob Moore was one of six Cardinals players who left Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Moore tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and cornerback Coby Rhinehart tore the same ligament, as well as his lateral cruciate ligament.

Linebacker Johnny Rutledge sprained his knee in the first quarter, according to initial reports from team officials. Status reports on the other injured players weren’t immediately available.

Cornerback Tom Knight hurt his left hand in the first quarter. In the third quarter, cornerback J.J. McCleskey hurt his right ankle and linebacker Ronald McKinnon bruised his right thigh and didn’t return.

Moore injured his left knee on the Cardinals’ first drive of the game. He appeared to catch his knee in the Metrodome turf on the opposite side of the field from the play, an incomplete pass from Jake Plummer to Frank Sanders.

Moore had three catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in Arizona’s first two preseason games. He had no catches against the Vikings before his injury.

Rhinehart lay on the turf for several minutes and was taken off the field on a motorized cart after injuring his right knee on the second play of the second quarter.

Rhinehart was injured when he tried to defend a long pass from Daunte Culpepper to Randy Moss. Moss caught the pass for an apparent touchdown, but the score was nullified by offsetting penalties _ pass interference on Moss and defensive contact on Arizona.

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