Josh Rosen hurt late in Cardinals' blowout loss, awaits evaluation

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen said his left toe injury is "fine" and that he was "just being soft" when he went down holding his left foot in the fourth quarter of the team's 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

Despite Rosen's assurance that he'll be OK, head coach Steve Wilks said he would wait to get the team trainer's evaluation.

"He thinks he's fine, but I'm not going to sit here and say that that may be the case," Wilks said.

Wilks said that Rosen "probably" should not have been on the field so late in the blowout loss, but the coach wanted Rosen to get certain defensive looks to help him "grow and mature within the offense."

Rosen said any attempt to take him out would've been met with some resistance because he saw the same benefit to playing as Wilks did.

"If [Wilks] would've tried to pull me out, we would've definitely had to have a conversation about that one," Rosen said.

Rosen threw three interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns in the first quarter. He became the first rookie in NFL history to throw two pick-sixes in the first quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also fumbled twice on a rough night that began badly for him and never got better. He limped off the field after he was sacked for the sixth time, on a fourth-and-16 play near the end of the game.

"It wasn't great," Rosen said. "I'll tell you that. I mean, we've got a lot to work on. A lot to work on. I mean, it's a team game and I know my brothers have my back. I obviously didn't play up to my standard or even close to it, but that's why you play another one next week."

Rosen was open about trying to make plays when they might not have been there.

"I think it's kind of like an old saying I got in college from one of my coaches: Don't turn a car crash into a fatality," Rosen said. "I think sometimes you just got to make the smart play and I can't just toss it up there or, I even got lucky on some of the fumbles that weren't fumbles and some that were.

"I just got to take care of the ball for the most part and I think that was the biggest lesson I can take from the game."

Rosen said the team has "a lot to learn, especially when we check out the tape."

Wilks said the Cardinals' effort in the game was "definitely embarrassing," but he said it was "premature" to talk about changes either to the coaching staff or to the roster.

"Everybody's going to be evaluated across the board," Wilks said.

"When we were talking about changes, it could be personnel, it could players, whatever it may be. It could be scheme. When I say it could be premature, it's premature to talk about that at this particular time without going through the evaluation."

The Cardinals (1-6), down 35-3 at the half, fell to 0-4 at home for the first time since 1979.