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Cardinals release Bishop

Posted by Darren Urban on September 6, 2014 – 1:27 pm

The Cardinals released linebacker Desmond Bishop Saturday, and given the glut of linebackers on the roster, dropping one can’t be a shock. It leaves an opening on the roster, which tends to make you think with the status of Andre Ellington in doubt, but there was no one added to the 53-man squad yet. Coach Bruce Arians said Saturday Ellington did enough in his limited practice work that he thinks he would be able to play Monday, but it will be a game-day decision.

It’s also important to note that letting a guy like Bishop go – a vested veteran – before the first game means that his salary is not guaranteed. If he were brought back at a later date, the Cardinals would have more flexibility to let him go down the road if they needed a roster spot again or if he just wasn’t working out.

Even with Alex Okafor not expected to play Monday with a thigh injury, the Cardinals still have nine linebackers at their disposal, including Glenn Carson, Larry Foote, Kevin Minter and Kenny Demens on the inside.

UPDATE: Punter Dave Zastudil was also added to the injury report as limited/questionable with a groin issue. That’s another roster spot that might need help Monday if Zastudil can’t go.

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10 Responses to “Cardinals release Bishop”

  1. By James P. Krehbiel on Sep 6, 2014 | Reply

    With everyone hyperventilating about Ellington , it seems that the Cards prefer to keep the Chargers guessing. Hopefully, Ellington can get a few snaps without causing further injury. Go Cards!

  2. By Patrick on Sep 6, 2014 | Reply

    They should have released him earlier and kept Walt Powell unless they sign someone better.

  3. By kauaicardsfan on Sep 6, 2014 | Reply

    Aloha Darren, So what did the MRI’s actually show?
    Mahalo ! Cant wait for Monday Night!!!
    GO CARDS!!!

  4. By dan on Sep 6, 2014 | Reply

    It’ll be interesting to see how the Jets use Walt Powell this weekend.

  5. By br in nc on Sep 7, 2014 | Reply

    WOW, (shout out to t-stone…lol)
    Didn’t see that coming, figured Alexander would be first LB cut, if any were. (Of course Alexander being cut would have meant cap hit, so makes sense money wise, but I thought Bishop out performed not only Alexander, but others as well) sad to see him go. Wonder if this is a move to first, have a spot for a punter if needed, and second, bring back Max Starks after MNF when his contract is non guaranteed? I hope it is not the latter…Sowell is a better option than Starks he just has nothing left in thy tank.

    Anyone know what the salary cap situation for the Cardinals is heading into MNF?

  6. By br in nc on Sep 7, 2014 | Reply

    Dan
    I posted earlier this month that I think he will end up #3-4 WR if given the chance, do to the Jets weak WR room, so I too will be watching very close, I hope he ends up with a great “turn a lot of heads” season, Powell really deserves it! Just wish he could have done it as a Cardinal.

  7. By louis on Sep 7, 2014 | Reply

    like i said it doesn’t look good for the cards to many injuries. very frustrated with the coaching staff .

  8. By Joseph on Sep 8, 2014 | Reply

    We need to get rid of Bruce!!! I say this cause that is the only way we can get rid of Carson Palmer.

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