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.
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Practice ended 25 minutes early today because, linebacker Alex Okafor said, the Cardinals finished the script and there was no reason to keep going. But it was an odd practice too. Carson Palmer took his scheduled day off and with missing key players like Sean Weatherspoon, Andre Ellington, David Johnson, Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas, there wasn’t really a buzz. Then the Cards had players have to leave with unknown injuries — tackle D.J. Humphries looked like he hurt a knee and limped off, and guard Earl Watford, running back Marion Grice and tackle Rob Crisp all left the workout. (Kent Somers reported that Humphries’ injury isn’t expected to be serious, but the Cards are doing tests.)
All those offensive linemen missing made it tough on what ended up being Tuesday’s second-string offensive line, because they struggled mightily against the deep defensive line and guys like Matt Shaughnessy and Calais Campbell. As usual, we’ll get an injury update tomorrow at lunch from Bruce Arians. The Cards practice Wednesday and then are off Thursday, and maybe that’s coming at a good time.
The highlight of the practice was Jaron Brown’s excellent leaping one-handed catch. Click here for the video. Brown gets forgotten sometimes behind the Fitz-Floyd-Smokey Brown trio and he’s basically a lock for the fourth receiver, so he isn’t discussed when talking J.J. Nelson vs. Brittan Golden. But Brown has showed well in his couple of years, and did again with his high-in-the-air, Odell Beckham-style effort.
“Odell Beckham moment,” Brown said with a chuckle. “Yeah. Best impersonation.”
Tags: D.J. Humphries, Earl Watford, Jaron Brown, Marion Grice, Rob Crisp, training camp
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