Cardinals center Sendlein (calf) out at least three weeks

Carson Palmer talks with center Lyle Sendlein during the Cardinals' first day of training camp Saturday. Sendlein is expected to miss three weeks with a calf injury.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Cardinals expect to be without starting center Lyle Sendlein for at least three weeks after the veteran suffered a left calf injury Monday.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday said Sendlein should be able to return for the team’s third or fourth preseason game. That the injury was relatively minor and came so early in camp provided a silver lining.

"He’s a veteran, he knows what he’s doing, so it’s a blessing in a lot of ways," Arians said. "He stays healthier, and some young guys get a lot of reps."

In Sendlein’s absence, sixth-year lineman Ted Larsen will handle first-team duties. Larsen took Sendlein’s place Monday, and quarterback Carson Palmer said after fumbling the first snap he adjusted to the new center.

"Lyle’s as integral a part of this offense as anybody is," Palmer said. "He’s very underrated, been a very good player for a long time. He’s very smart, very poised (and) helps everybody around him. When you lose that guy it’s obviously a blow."

Sendlein started 93 games over the past seven seasons with the Cardinals.

Monday’s first padded practice also brought a handful of other minor injuries. Arians said cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a pectoral injury and is expected to miss four or five days. Running back Andre Ellington is dealing with a sore neck but is expected back Wednesday.

No timetable for a return was offered for linebacker Ernie Sims, who suffered back spasms Monday, nor for nose tackle Christian Tupou and cornerback Todd Washington, both of whom suffered slight groin injuries.

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