The Cardinals had a lot of roster change this week with injuries and other moves impacting the roster, and that includes the inactive list against the Saints. Coach Bruce Arians praised the practice work of first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche, and now Nkemdiche will be active against New Orleans. I’m sure he’ll have to show some things today and in practice to remain active every week the rest of the way, but it’s a good sign, and Nkemdiche could use some momentum heading into the offseason.
Young wide receiver and local product Marquis Bundy is also active, for the first time. As expected, tight end Jermaine Gresham, safety Tyrann Mathieu and wide receiver John Brown are also playing. The full inactive list:
— QB Zac Dysert
— WR Jeremy Ross
— CB Tharold Simon
— DT Olsen Pierre
— T D.J. Humphries (concussion)
— DT Xavier Williams
— DT Ed Stinson
Tags: inactives, Marquis Bundy, Robert Nkemdiche, Saints
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Bruce Arians said the Cardinals will look at their options at wide receiver now that Jaron Brown officially is on injured reserve. Brown was put there today but the Cards did not make a corresponding roster move, meaning they have a slot open. The team did bring back training camp sensation Chris Hubert, who had begun the year on the practice squad, to the practice squad. That gives the Cards two wideouts on the practice squad right now: Hubert and Marquis Bundy.
The Cardinals also worked out veteran wide receiver Aaron Dobson Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter. Dobson, a former second-round pick of New England, has 53 career catches but also had a injury-plagued stint with the Patriots. He spent time with the Lions earlier this season after the Patriots cut him after the preseason.
If everyone currently on the roster is healthy, the Cardinals could get away with not making another receiver the 53rd player on the roster. But that’s the question. Michael Floyd should play this week, but he had to play through hamstring issues against the Seahawks. Smokey Brown should be back at practice, but his sickle-cell problem gives at least a little pause. That leaves Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson and Brittan Golden. Again, if Floyd and Brown are OK, then you’re OK. But the Cards might want to cover themselves too.
Bringing up either Bundy or Hubert is also an option. But as the Cardinals get ready to play a Carolina team with a struggling secondary, wide receivers figure to play a big role. The Cardinals want to be in position to use that to their advantage.
Tags: Aaron Dobson, Brittan Golden, Chris Hubert, J.J. Nelson, Jaron Brown, John Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Marquis Bundy, Michael Floyd
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The Cardinals have until Saturday afternoon to make their final cutdown to 53 on the roster, and Bruce Arians made clear earlier today that he wasn’t going to forthcoming with any information. But that doesn’t mean the Cardinals didn’t make a few moves — aside from the agreed-upon trade for Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper, which I would guess wouldn’t be official until Cooper passes a physical.
The team still hasn’t officially announced anything, but there were a handful of cuts listed on the official NFL transactions list today. Two veterans are out — S Chris Clemons (a minor surprise, given that he had been Deone Bucannon’s summer-long backup at moneybacker) and LB Donald Butler. They will each immediately become unrestricted free agents. That likely means good news for undrafted rookie ILB Lamar Louis. Waived were CB Cariel Brooks, RB Kerwynn Williams, T Rob Crisp, WR Marquis Bundy and G Antoine McClain. The team also had an injury settlement with C Taylor Boggs, who had been dealing with a calf injury.
That would be eight players off the roster of 75 in the quest to get to 53. The Cards actually have to move on from 23 total players, because Cooper is coming in. The other cuts will come out at some point Saturday.
Tags: Antoine McClain, Cariel Brooks, Chris Clemons, cuts, Donald Butler, Kerwynn Williams, Marcus Cooper, Marquis Bundy, Rob Crisp, Roster, Taylor Boggs
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