SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is expressing confidence in his new influx of players and promises his scheme will be adjusted accordingly this weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Cardinals lost starting linebackers Lorenzo Alexander, Sam Acho and top backup Alex Okafor to season-ending injuries this week.
Replacing them in the lineup will be Matt Shaughnessy as strong-side linebacker and John Abraham on the weak side. Bowles says the Cardinals will be in their base 3-4 defense but will also use more 4-3 looks.
Bowles noted that Shaughnessy and Abraham both have experience at outside linebacker and defensive end.
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