Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Staff Writer 360d

Cards GM: Offensive line play was 'unacceptable' against Cowboys

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim didn’t mince words when he described the team’s offensive line play in Monday night’s 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

"There’s no doubt about it that last night’s display of offensive line play was unacceptable," Keim said during his weekly appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

The line gave up six sacks and 11 quarterback hits overall. They’ve allowed 10 sacks in the past two games. Keim criticized the line’s overall play, saying it needed to improve its technique -- hand placement, footwork, etc. -- as well as simply win one-on-one matchups.

"You have to win those battles," Keim said.

Keim did single out two linemen to praise their play on Monday night, saying Alex Boone -- who's started in place of the injured Mike Iupati at left guard the past two games -- played "solid" and center A.Q. Shipley did a "nice job" at times.

While Keim said he’s frustrated, he didn’t hint at major changes to the line. He said there’s a good chance of Iupati returning this week from a triceps injury, and Keim likes to think left tackle D.J. Humphries will play this week after missing the past two games with a sprained MCL.

But Keim also said there are no plans to move right tackle Jared Veldheer back to his natural position of left tackle.

"I don’t think it has anything to do with right tackle," Keim said. "The fact of the matter is he’s got to get better. He’s got to improve all those little things."

Keim said the Cardinals will bring in four players for tryouts Tuesday, but he didn’t specify at which positions.

He also said Boone suffered “something of a pec strain” during Arizona’s loss to the Cowboys. Boone will get an MRI, Keim said, but it didn’t sound as if will miss time.

“He’s extremely tough,” Keim said. “He’s the kind of guy who will play through pain. I think it would have to be pretty severe to miss time."

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