Cardinals’ DT Nkemdiche goes on IR with knee injury

              Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (90) during the first half of NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals are placing defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Nkemdiche, the Cardinals’ first-round draft pick (29th overall) in 2016, was injured in Arizona’s 17-3 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Coach Steve Wilks said Monday that the knee would require surgery but wouldn’t give any other details.

Nkemdiche is the 15th Cardinals player to go on injured reserve this season.

After struggling with injuries and spotty performances in his first two seasons, Nkemdiche had some of his best games in recent weeks. His was the Cardinals’ only significant injury in the Lions loss, Wilks said.