UPDATED: Dykes officially released

Posted by Darren Urban on October 12, 2009 – 4:31 pm

The Cardinals haven’t announced anything and they have a roster exemption for the returning Ben Patrick if they want, but Mike Sando is reporting they have cut defensive lineman Keilen Dykes. Dykes would be eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers. Dykes was added to the roster when Kenny Iwebema hurt his ankle and played against Jacksonville and Indianapolis. He was inactive — as was a now-healthy Iwebema — against Houston.

TUESDAY UPDATE: The announcement for Dykes’ release was just officially made, along with the announcement he is indeed returning to the practice squad. The Cards released DE Alex Field from the practice squad to keep Dykes. Ben Patrick still isn’t officially on the 53-man roster although the Cards now have a spot for him. I am guessing they will wait to see where he is physically before putting him on the roster. Since only 45 guys can be active Sundays anyway, it wouldn’t be crucial to officially fill that final roster spot yet.

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9 Responses to “UPDATED: Dykes officially released”

  1. By Eric on Oct 12, 2009 | Reply

    What is a roster exemption and why do we have one? If it means we can carry 54 players, then why would we cut one?

  2. By darrenurban on Oct 13, 2009 | Reply

    Eric —

    An exemption means basically that the Cards could carry a 54th man. I don’t know for sure, but I’d guess this means Dykes would come back to the practice squad and they’d see if Patrick is prepared to play this week after all the time off. If he’s not, you can leave him off the roster and bring up another player if you so chose. You could also just have 52 players for the week — you have to inactivate 8 on Sunday anyway, so in this case, you’d just inactivate 7.

  3. By Devin on Oct 12, 2009 | Reply

    1 word… Who?

  4. By shannon robinson on Oct 13, 2009 | Reply

    Keilen Dykes played well for us. Darren, if he clears waivers and is placed on the practice squad, don’t the rules say that the Cards have a priority with his contract because he played a few games on our active roster? He reminds me of Tim Bulman who was playing for Houston Sunday – it was fun to see Tim and Antonio doing well.

  5. By darrenurban on Oct 13, 2009 | Reply

    Shannon —

    I’m not sure what you mean by priority. As far as I know, if Dykes clears waivers, he can go anywhere he wants, even if another team wants him for the practice squad. That’s what happened with Lance Long; the Cards wanted to put him on their practice squad and the Chiefs offered the same position. Long went to Kansas City.

  6. By William on Oct 13, 2009 | Reply

    When exactly will Kenny Iwebema be back?

  7. By darrenurban on Oct 13, 2009 | Reply

    William —

    Iwebema is back and practicing. He was healthy for the Texans game; Whisenhunt decided to make him a “healthy scratch.”

  8. By Austin on Oct 14, 2009 | Reply

    Darren…how is Spach looking? any word on how long he will be out or how severe the sprain is (grade 1, 2, or 3)?? Thanks

  9. By darrenurban on Oct 14, 2009 | Reply

    Austin —

    We don’t know on Spach yet. He’s been in a boot but the injury report won’t come out until after practice. I’d be surprised if he practices the way he looked Monday in the locker room, but we have to see.

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