In a couple of days, the Cards and coach Ken Whisenhunt will make their final decisions on an opening day roster (or close to it), trimming another 22 players from the current squad to 53. So that means I make my annual guesstimate on who is in, who is out, and who is truly on the bubble. This is never a foolproof thing; if there is a guy or two who pops available on the waiver wire the Cards want it changes the dynamics of what can happen, and that initial 22 can grow by a name or two to bring in newbies. That certainly happened on the practice squad last year, when the Cards went shopping for new names who weren’t around during training camp.
Again, this is my opinion, based on what I have seen and heard but still my opinion. And it doesn’t factor in what happens in Denver and if a guy wows a coach or two. Or if a guy gets hurt. It’s also just about the 53; for instance, undrafted rookie LB Reggie Walker doesn’t look like he will make the 53-man roster but he’s a guy who should end up on the practice squad. (Speaking of which, * will designate some PS candidates):
Brian St. Pierre
Ben Patrick (doesn’t count against the 53 during 4-game suspension)
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The Cardinals added a linebacker Wednesday when they brought back David Holloway, last seen around these parts on the practice squad in 2007 (he was brought to the roster for the season finale before being inactive on game day). He also has spent time with Washington, Cleveland and Jacksonville. To make room for Holloway, the Cardinals waived/injured tackle Elliot Vallejo, who has been dealing with a dislocated kneecap. Vallejo is practice squad eligible, so if there is some kind of injury settlement, I would guess the Cards could bring him back if they wanted to do so.
Holloway is also practice-squad eligible, so if he fits, maybe he hangs around now that Cody Brown is done for the year. Don’t worry if you don’t remember him, but it’s too bad Holloway missed the Chargers game – I am guessing Chargers QB Billy Volek remembers Holloway and a certain preseason sack in 2007.
Tags: Cody Brown, cuts, David Holloway, Elliot Vallejo
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