The Cardinals tried to get defensive tackle Ed Stinson rehabbed and ready, but the rookie never could quite get over the toe injury that has hobbled him for weeks now. So Tuesday, the Cards did what they had to and put Stinson on injured reserve, ending his season. Only makes sense in this unconventional year of winning despite guys going down left and right.
To fill his spot on the roster, the Cardinals promoted wide receiver Brittan Golden from the practice squad. They filled Golden’s practice squad spot by re-signing running back Zach Bauman.
Stinson was the hidden nugget of the 2014 draft class. He was playing well before the toe injury cropped up against the home game against the Rams Nov. 9. He missed the next four games and tried to give it a go Thursday in St. Louis against the Rams. He played just two defensive snaps.
“He tried to go on it, didn’t work,” coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “We’ll just see what’s in the best interest of him and us.”
The best interest was shutting Stinson down. In the search for silver linings, the Cards have essentially been without Stinson for five games and have been playing well, so they can deal with his absence. Plus, Golden did have a 63-yard catch in the Cardinals’ upset win over the Seahawks in the next-to-last game of 2013, so maybe it’s about tapping into history here.
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