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Bruce Arians: Broncos had 'dirtiest play' I've ever seen

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Underrated Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell injured his knee Sunday in Denver during the team's loss to the Broncos. Coach Bruce Arians was seething about it after the game.

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"That was the dirtiest play I've seen in 37 years," Arians said, calling it a "premeditated high-low" executed by the Broncos.

Denver tight end Julius Thomas was called for an illegal chop block on the play, a 15-yard penalty which negated a touchdown. Ryan Clady worked in tandem with Thomas on the play. But the penalty flag won't bring Campbell back. Arians said Campbell has a sprained MCL and will miss two to four weeks.

Campbell is probably the best NFL player who hasn't made a Pro Bowl. He had an insanely athletic interception of Peyton Manning on Sunday, a typical play in a standout season thus far. The chop block will make it a lot tougher for Campbell to make it to Hawaii.

UPDATE: NFL spokesman Michael Signora said Monday the penalty was correctly called as chop block, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. One part of the rule broken is known as a "lure" block. While Thomas chops Campbell, Clady "confronts the defensive player in a pass-blocking posture but is not physically engaged with the defensive player." 

A decision on a possible fine would be made later this week. 

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