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Darnell Dockett | Defensive Lineman

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/27/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 290
College: Florida State
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The Cardinals may approach LE Darnell Dockett about a pay cut this offseason.
Dockett is owed $5.75 million in salary and bonuses after struggling as a pass rusher in 2013, recording 4.5 sacks. He turns 33 in May. The Cards do not have a viable in-house replacement, so GM Steve Keim will have to tread lightly with Dockett, who remains a critical piece of Arizona's stout run defense. Jan 13 - 2:00 PM

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Darnell Dockett did not return to Arizona's Week 4 win over the Bucs after departing in the second half with a left groin injury.

Dockett was deemed questionable, but never returned. It casts doubt on his Week 5 status, but it's possible the Cardinals were just playing things safe with so many other injuries along their front seven. Dockett's status will be updated no later than Monday.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Darnell Dockett admitted that he "hated" the 3-4 scheme former DC Ray Horton ran last season.

Dockett was asked to keep offensive linemen off the linebackers, not make plays himself. He ended up with just 1.5 sacks and 34 tackles in 15 games -- his worst numbers since 2005. New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will run a hybrid scheme that features Dockett in his natural role -- an interior pass-rusher that disrupts plays in the backfield. "It's like a million pounds off your shoulders," Dockett said. Expect a bounce-back season.
Wed, May 8, 2013 10:58:00 AM

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett said he would have asked for a trade had Ken Whisenhunt returned as head coach.

It's not a secret that Dockett was unhappy with his role in old DC Ray Horton's defense. It showed in Dockett's numbers, as he managed 1.5 sacks in 15 games last year while being asked to "two-gap" as a 3-4 end. Under Bruce Arians, Dockett is determined to rediscover 2007-10 form, when he averaged over six sacks per season. Arians promises Dockett will be an interior rusher from here on out, smartly catering to his difference-making player's strengths.
Sun, Jan 27, 2013 10:24:00 AM

New coach Bruce Arians told Darnell Dockett that he will be more of a full-time interior pass rusher in the Cardinals' 2013 defense.

Dockett was wishy-washy when asked by reporters after the season if he wanted to return to Arizona. He sounds genuinely amped now. "He told me I was going to play some of my regular positions, positions I played when I was a dominant force in the middle," Dockett said. "And that got me fired up." Playing less of a two-gapping end spot moving forward, Dockett's sack numbers should rise.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 05:37:00 PM

Darnell Dockett gave a vague response when asked if he wanted to return to the Cardinals in 2013.

Dockett hinted that he feels unwanted and that the organization needs to be more committed to winning, but also says he's content in Arizona. He was one of several veterans to butt heads with coach Ken Whisenhunt this season. "At the end of the day my loyalty is with the Cardinals," Dockett said. "I have given this organization everything I've got. I love playing here. I love some of the talent we've got."
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:28:00 PM

Arizona XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki reports Cardinals RE Darnell Dockett has been fined "six figures" by the team for his in-game altercation with teammate Kerry Rhodes in Week 13, and "could have a limited role" vs. Seattle.

The report has been confirmed by the Arizona Republic. Dockett reportedly spit in Rhodes' face, but that's yet to be confirmed. As it is, we have a hard time believing the sinking Cardinals would limit one of their best player's roles in hostile Seattle. Perhaps Dockett will sit out the game's first few series.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 06:04:00 PM

Arizona Sports 620 reports that an undisclosed incident that occurred between Cardinals RE Darnell Dockett and FS Kerry Rhodes late in Sunday's loss to the Jets may result in disciplinary action for Dockett.

Expect more details to emerge by Tuesday. The Cardinals have lost eight straight games, so it wouldn't be shocking if the team began to unravel a bit. Rhodes was the best player on the field in the Jets game, racking up six tackles, three pass breakups, two interceptions, and a forced fumble in the loss.
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 06:26:00 PM

Darnell Dockett (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Dockett and O'Brien Schofield (probable, knee) were upgraded to full practice weeks after being limited Wednesday. The Cardinals will be without FS Kerry Rhodes (lower back), but don't have any other injuries on defense. ILB Paris Lenon (knee) is listed as probable.
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 07:28:00 PM

Darnell Dockett (hamstring) is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Dockett made a brief appearance on Thursday Night Football in Week 5, but continues to be limited in practice. The Cardinals are tentatively expecting him to play this week. If Dockett is held out, Vonnie Holliday would receive the majority of his vacated snaps.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 08:40:00 PM

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett played 19-of-56 defensive snaps in his Week 5 return from a hamstring injury.

He was held off the statsheet, though the ten-day layoff between Arizona's Weeks 5 and 6 games should get Dockett back to full strength, assuming he avoids setbacks. Although he has no sacks, Dockett was perhaps the most disruptive interior defensive lineman in football in the first three games of the year.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 01:59:00 PM

Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett (hamstring) is active for Thursday night's game against the Rams.

Word earlier in the day was that Dockett was expected to play, so this is just confirmation. Veteran backup Vonnie Holliday will go back to a rotational role.
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 07:07:00 PM

Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett (hamstring) is expected to play in Thursday's game against the Rams.

Dockett, a three-time Pro Bowler, will give the Cardinals' pass rush a boost against Sam Bradford. He's racked up 28.5 sacks over the last five seasons as a 3-4 end. Veteran Vonnie Holliday heads back to the bench.
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 11:53:00 AM

Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett (hamstring) was limited in practice on Monday.

Dockett missed practice all last week and sat out Sunday's win over the Dolphins. He was injured late in Week 3 against the Eagles. Putting in a limited practice is good somewhat news, and barring any setbacks he could be in line to play on Thursday night against the Rams. If Dockett can't play, longtime veteran Vonnie Holliday would, in all likelihood, fill in opposite Calais Campbell.
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 11:23:00 PM

Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 4.

Dockett has not practiced this week after injuring his hamstring in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Eagles. If Dockett does not play, the Cardinals will likely turn to Vonnie Holiday to play opposite Calais Campbell. Dockett has only missed one out of a possible 131 career games.
Sat, Sep 29, 2012 09:24:00 AM

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