I spent the morning out at University of Phoenix Stadium, where the NFL’s “Play 60” campaign — the one where the league tries to encourage kids to get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day — was culminating locally with a special event out on one of the lawns around the stadium. Twelve local schools participated in the “Play 60” challenge and the top 50 students from each school got to attend Thursday’s fun, which included appearances by a handful of Cards: Stevie Baggs (pretending to take on a “ballcarrier” below), Ben Graham, Ryan Kees, Reagan Maui’a, Dean Muhtadi and Ed Gant (below both expressing surprise after a “made” field goal). Cardinals cheerleaders conducted a clinic, local “Biggest Loser” contestants Sione and Filipe Fa and ex-Cards Robert Tate and MarTay Jenkins took part, and of course, Big Red was there too.
Tags: Ben Graham, Dean Muhtadi, Ed Gant, Play 60, Ryan Kees, Stevie Baggs
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The Cardinals re-signed all eight of their practice squad players to “future” contracts, meaning all eight will be under contract heading into the offseason:
- WR Onrea Jones
- CB Rashard Barksdale
- LB Ali Highsmith
- WR Ed Gant
- DE Ryan Kees
- G Jonathan Palmer
- T Tom Pestock
- LB Mark Washington
Tags: Ali Highsmith, Ed Gant, Jonathan Palmer, Mark Washington, Onrea Jones, practice squad, Rashard Barksdale, Ryan Kees, Tom Pestock
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The Cardinals have made a couple of moves to bolster themselves for the playoffs, signing fullback Nehemiah Broughton and defensive end Jeremy Clark to the roster from the practice squad of the New York Giants. To make room for the players, the Cards released linebacker Pago Togafau and put defensive end Jason Banks on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Broughton spend the season with the Giants after the Vikings cut him after the preseason. He’s played in six regular-season games since 2005 and serves as a backup in case the neck issues with starter Dan Kreider persist. Clark was on the practice squad of the Falcons and then the Giants this season and appeared in four games for the Giants in 2008.
The Cards also added defensive end Ryan Kees to the open practice squad spot after Banks was elevated last weekend.
Tags: Jason Banks, Jeremy Clark, Nehemiah Broughton, Pago Togafau, Ryan Kees
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