Highsmith cut, Abdullah signed

Posted by Darren Urban on December 22, 2009 – 4:13 pm

The Cardinals made couple of roster moves Tuesday, the most noteworthy being the cutting linebacker Ali Highsmith (pictured below in happier times). I’m not sure of what the reasoning will be for the Highsmith move. We will have to see what coach Ken Whisenhunt says tomorrow.

The Cards used that spot to sign safety Hamza Abdullah, a 6-foot-2, 216-pounder who has spent time with Denver and Cleveland since coming into the NFL in 2005. Abdullah gives the Cards a veteran presence at backup safety lost when Matt Ware went on IR. He was cut by the Browns in preseason this year. The Cards also added a body on the offensive line by bringing in tackle Cliff Louis to the practice squad, releasing fullback Brandon Renkart.

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11 Responses to “Highsmith cut, Abdullah signed”

  1. By Connor on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    So who is the MLB back-up now? Beisel or Walker?

  2. By darrenurban on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Connor —

    Beisel would be the guy.

  3. By Chris on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I thought Highsmith wa playing well on ST this year? It would been a gues that Gandy moves to IR and that opens a spot for Hamza Abdullah. You’ll post on the reasoning I assume later on? Thanks! And MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!

  4. By darrenurban on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Chris —

    Abdullah uses Highsmith’s spot. If Gandy goes on IR, they will have another spot to fill. I am sure Whisenhunt will be asked about the moves tomorrow.

  5. By Shane on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Darren in your article you just posted today about being healthy you have a blurb in the “some numbers” that says something to the effect that the team is 5-0 after a loss and needs to win this week to keep the streak going??? Just wanted to give you a heads up. We won last week ;o)

  6. By darrenurban on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Shane —

    What I said was if they win this week, they will avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since 1975, since — assuming they win — they can’t finish with back-to-back losses. If they lose this weekend, they can still have that happen if they also lose to the Packers.

  7. By Shane on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Oh thanks darren. That makes sense. Sorry.

  8. By Eazy E on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Good move. We needed a veteran backup because our only backup was rashad johnson the rook. Hamza Abdullah was good in denver and started some games so that’s always good because he will play on st and maybe a little on d because of him being a veteran and matt played a lot in our 3 safety sets.

  9. By ryan on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply


    I know this is off topic but i’m dying to know, any word on how close this weekends game is to selling out?

  10. By darrenurban on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Ryan —

    That I don’t know. I would assume close, however.

  11. By Jeff Gollin on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Darren – The arrival of Beisel is the most obvious reason why Ali was released, but I there may another one –

    I’m not sure if it was on the first defensive series vs. Detroit or the previous week vs. the Niners, but I recalll Highsmith flat-out missing a tackle of the RB (who was running a cutback off left tackle) which, in turn, resulted in a long gainer. (The reason I remembered was that it struck me as strange that Ali was in there at all that earlyin the game).

    Watch the tape – perhaps Ali is being made example of in the Accountability dept.

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