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Three-lineman addition ends Byrd’s time

Posted by Darren Urban on August 6, 2013 – 2:04 pm

The Cardinals signed three linemen today: A pair of centers in Deveric Gallington (mentioned earlier today) and Kyle Quinn (who happens to be a University of Arizona product) along with defensive tackle Jonathan Mathis, who is from Texas A&M. The Cards have been looking to upgrade their center depth, and Mathis is needed with all the defensive line injuries.

That means three players had to be released, and one — being waived-injured — was wide receiver LaRon Byrd, who suffered a concussion last week. Byrd had been in the mix to win a job after making the team as an undrafted player last year, but he didn’t flash as much as the coaches had been looking for over the summer and now has been dealing with the injury.

Also waived-injured was defensive end Everrette Thompson (shoulder), while wide receiver Tyler Shaw was cut.

The Cardinals now, behind Lyle Sendlein, have Gallington, Quinn, Adam Bice and Mike Gibson as reserve centers. Gibson can also play guard.


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Two-quarterback roster? Maybe

Posted by Darren Urban on August 6, 2013 – 12:26 pm

The Cardinals have four quarterbacks on the roster right now. It’s possible, Bruce Arians said, they could end up with just two.

Carson Palmer is the unquestioned starter. Drew Stanton is the unquestioned backup. And reality is Ryan Lindley is the third-stringer — Caleb TerBush isn’t really in the mix — unless Arians and the Cardinals go in another direction. Arians has been on teams “for a number of years” that have kept just two quarterbacks on the roster. He’d do it again.

“If it comes down to Ryan and another guy at another position, we’ll determine what’s more valuable to our football team at that time,” Arians said. “We’re going to keep the best 53.”

The Cardinals and Ken Whisenhunt tried it in 2007. That backfired. Matt Leinart broke his collarbone against the Rams five games into the season, and the team signed Tim Rattay to back up backup Kurt Warner. Then Warner had Julius Peppers fall on his left elbow early in the very next game, forcing Rattay on the field with just a couple of practices. Warner managed to play the rest of the season with a brace, but it was an issue that convinced Whisenhunt never to have fewer than three QBs on the roster going forward.

As for other current Cards’ news and notes:

— DT Ricky Lumpkin has a low ankle sprain, another blow to the ailing defensive line. Arians said the Cardinals will sign a defensive lineman or two, which are necessary with Lumpkin, Everrette Thompson and Dan Williams all out right now. ‘We’ll get a couple fresh bodies and coach real hard for two days,” Arians said. “We’ll see how good of a coach Buck (Brentson Bucker) is.”

— LB Daryl Washington missed the walkthrough while attending his latest court date for his assault case. He returned soon after and said nothing yet has been resolved and his next court date is set for October.

— RB Rashard Mendenhall will be back at practice. G Daryn Colledge will not play against the Packers. Arians said most injured guys are questionable. He still has hope that LB Karlos Dansby and WR Kerry Taylor (hamstrings) could play in Green Bay.

— Center Deveric Gallington,  tweeted out he was going to sign with the Cardinals. The Cards have been searching to find more center depth. Gallington was an undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech who spent some time this offseason with the Raiders.

— The Cardinals, surprisingly, haven’t had one scuffle — or even had a hint of a scuffle — all through camp. It was suggested to Arians it could be air-condition-related. Arians smiled. “I do all the scuffling,” he said. More seriously, “We have a no fighting policy,” Arians said. “We don’t play the Cardinals. Normally you still have a (fight). I would think (being) outside it would draw more of that heat.”


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