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Acho looks like long shot as instant starter for Cardinals

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By Dan Arkush

Under normal circumstances, we hear fourth-round rookie Sam Acho probably would be in the running for one of the Cardinals' starting OLB jobs. But Acho played defensive end the past two years at Texas, and even though his intelligence is considered one of his biggest strengths, the lockout is doing him no favors as far as earning an immediate starting berth. While it's still possible Acho could make enough of an impression to earn a starting berth when offseason activities officially begin, the smart money for now is on Clark Haggans keeping his starting job on the left side, and second-year pro O'Brien Schofield starting on the right side. We hear there is also a real good chance the team will make a concerted effort to improve its OLB depth via free agency with Haggans having turned 34 in January and Schofield having missed the first six games last season after tearing his left ACL in a Senior Bowl practice.

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