The short NFL career of Zack Wagenmann suffered another setback this week.
The former Montana Griz great hurt his ankle and foot during an Arizona Cardinals mandatory minicamp practice Tuesday, the third foot injury for Wagenmann in a little over a year. The previous injuries cost him his entire rookie season in 2015.
The Arizona Republic first reported the injury Wednesday, when Wagenmann appeared at practice in a walking boot, and the Missoulian confirmed it with the player's agent, Noel LaMontagne.
OLB Zack Wagenmann suffered foot injury, his 3rd in little over a year, in a walking boot on Wed. Tough break for intriguing prospect— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) June 8, 2016
LaMontagne said the extent of the injury is not known at this time. Wagenmann was taken in for tests Wednesday afternoon, but the results have not yet been divulged.
Whether the injury will cost Wagenmann any time -- or if severe, perhaps his spot with the Cardinals -- is unknown.
"We'll see, frustrating," LaMontagne said via text message.
The Cardinals ended their scheduled three-day minicamp early after Wednesday's practice and will now break until training camp begins August 1. It is there that Wagenmann will have to fight for a spot on the active roster, albeit one year later than expected..
Wagenmann, a 6-foot-3, 247-pounder who starred at defensive end for the Grizzlies and now plays outside linebacker for the Cardinals, broke his right foot in April 2015 while working out for an NFL team in Missoula ahead of that year's NFL draft. The break to the fifth metatarsal did not involve ligament damage, but Wagenmann's camp opted for surgery to help speed the healing process.
Because of the injury, Wagenmann went undrafted that May and was signed as a free agent by Arizona. The Missoula Sentinel product never saw the field after rebreaking the same foot last August during fall training camp.
Though recovery for the injury and second surgery was expected to be about eight weeks, the Cardinals shut Wagenmann down for his rookie season to let him heal completely. He was waived and then placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Healthy again to start the 2016 offseason, Wagenmann was featured on the Cardinals home website just last month discussing his road back to the field.
"I was completely bummed, devastated," Wagenmann told azcardinals.com. "... But it did turn into a year full of silver linings. I was given some time to let my foot heal, letting the rest of my body heal, and then getting a year in an NFL system, seeing how everything goes, seeing how guys work every day -- everything that goes into that.
"So yeah, it sucked in the beginning, but you have to make the best out of it.”
Wagenmann was the Big Sky Conference defensive MVP as a senior, setting Montana's all-time sack record with 37.5 in his career. He also set the program's tackles for loss mark with 53.
He never missed a game because of injury during his college career.