Cardinals TE Zach Ertz cleared for football activity 9 months after tearing ACL, MCL

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Zach Ertz is back and ready for action.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Arizona Cardinals TE has been cleared for full football activity and is on track to start Week 1 just nine months after tearing his ACL and MCL. He has yet to practice at training camp, but will likely take the field in the coming week.

Ertz, 32, injured his knee in Week 10, and was a tough break. 2022 was supposed to be his first full season with his new team, after being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Cardinals midway through the 2021 season. Through 10 games, he’d made 47 catches for 406 yards and four touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz is pictured before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Seattle. The Cardinals won 23-13. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz has reportedly been cleared to start football activities nearly nine months after tearing his ACL and MCL. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Barring any setbacks, Ertz will reportedly be ready to start Week 1 when the Cardinals face the Washington Commanders. Getting a solid 10-year veteran back in the mix can only help the Cards, who are getting ready to embark on what could charitably be called a transitional season.

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