After missing most of the season with a bad knee that required surgery, the Cardinals finally placed veteran linebacker Joey Porter on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and — barring a surprise — his time in Arizona. There’s a good chance the 13-year pro, a free-agent-to-be, also has played his last down in the NFL as he deals with the chronic knee issues.
Porter came into the season needing three sacks to reach 100 for his career. He notched just one before he played for a final time this season against the Steelers the sixth game of the season; the knee sidelined him since.
The Cards promoted linebacker Brandon Williams from the practice squad to take Porter’s roster spot. Running back William Powell, who was with the Cards in training camp and the preseason, was signed to the practice squad.
Porter was signed before the 2010 season in a hope he could provide some pass-rushing help, but it never materialized. He had five sacks last season and then had to take a huge paycut to stick around this season, from $5.75 million to $1.5 million. He was starting while healthy, but the Cardinals always wanted to get young linebackers more playing time and rookie replacement Sam Acho has provided a significant boost since entering the lineup in Baltimore.
To Porter’s credit, he has remained engaged at the games in which he has attended (he wasn’t traveling after surgery). But he was never able to demonstrate the same pressure off the edge that allowed him to generate 26.5 sacks in the two seasons (in Miami) before coming to Arizona.
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