Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle and Paint Branch graduate Darnell Dockett will be sidelined for the 2014 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The injury occurred during practice on Monday when Dockett got his foot stuck in the turf at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Dockett will undergo surgery and reached out to fans on Monday night via Twitter saying: “Thank you all for your support & get well wishes. I really do appreciate it. This will be a tough road to recovery but I been through worst.”
Dockett was selected by Arizona in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times and played in Super Bowl XLIII.
As a high school standout at Paint Branch, Dockett set a school record with 47 sacks during his career. He amassed 171 tackles including 109 solo stops, 15 sacks, two caused fumbles, three recovered fumbles and three blocked punts while earning All-American and Maryland Player of the Year honors during his senior campaign.
As a four-year starter at Florida State, Dockett registered 10.5 sacks and 247 tackles and set a school record with 65 tackles for a loss.