As expected, the Cardinals signed kicker Mike Nugent today. Nugent was with the Buccaneers earlier this season and spent most of his career with the Jets, where he was teammates with current Cards punter Ben Graham. Nugent made just two field goals in six tries in Tampa, not a good way to keep a job. He’s been around 80 percent in his career before that though, and this will give Neil Rackers a chance to shut it down and rest his problem groin.
The corresponding roster move was a tough one, though. Safety Matt Ware, who hurt his knee against the 49ers, apparently won’t be able to come back as soon as the Cards had hoped. So Ware was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. There is now some pressure on rookie safety Rashad Johnson to step up his play. UPDATE: Ware just said he won’t be needing surgery, but the timing was such that the Cards — who needed the roster spot for the kicker — couldn’t afford to carry him on the active roster. These are the tough decisions teams must make this time of year.
Tags: Ben Graham, Matt Ware, Mike Nugent, Neil Rackers, Rashad Johnson
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