Gandy to IR, Togafau to active roster

Posted by Darren Urban on December 23, 2009 – 4:21 pm

The Cardinals officially put tackle Mike Gandy on injured reserve today after he had surgery to repair a sports hernia Friday, and with the open roster spot, the team promoted linebacker Pago Togafau to the active roster. That open spot on the practice squad allowed the Cards to bring linebacker Ali Highsmith back to the practice squad.

The move with Gandy isn’t a surprise. It was going to be difficult to carry him and then, should he actually make it back to the field, play in a game that, by then would likely be a divisional round or NFC championship game after being off a month or so.

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9 Responses to “Gandy to IR, Togafau to active roster”

  1. By Steve on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Was the move with Pago and Ali about Ali’s performance or more about needing a OLB vs. an ILB?

  2. By darrenurban on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Steve —

    The best I could get out of Whisenhunt was his quote in today’s notebook.

  3. By kauaicardsfan on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Is there any talk of increasing the active roster? I may be naive but why just 53 players? Why cant the NFL increase that number? I just dont get it???
    This is a rough sport and with the players getting faster and stronger, injuries are bound to increase?
    Sorry just an island boy with my fish and poi I guess, dont know any better???

  4. By darrenurban on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Kauai —

    Simple, really. Players on the active roster make, at a minimum, three or four times what a player on the practice squad makes. It always comes down to money.

  5. By brent on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Question about the Beanie article you wrote. I know you mentioned Wiz is unlikely to make him the starter because he likes the two back system but do you really believe him? I think it is insane that he is not the starter and I know many others agree. I

  6. By darrenurban on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Brent —

    Yes, I believe him. Again, and as I have mentioned many different times, I don’t understand why fans are so hung up on this. Hightower started in Detroit. That play was a pass play. Beanie came in the second play of the game and got the first carry. He had, what, 17 carries Sunday? Hightower had something like six. If Wells is getting most of the carries, why would anyone care? Everytime Whiz is asked about it he mentions Hightower has not played poorly. I don’t think he wants to send a message you work hard and do the things asked of you and yet you can still lose a starting spot.

    I also thought it was telling that Whiz said he doesn’t necessarily think Beanie can be an every-down back. Look, you, I and everyone else don’t really know every piece of this. Maybe Wells is ticking them off because he is doing something wrong in a game. Maybe they don’t want to lose Hightower by benching him. Everyone wants to act like this is fantasy football, where you yank a guy whenever and replace him. (And I’m not picking on you, you’re just the latest to bring this up). But these guys are human, they have highs and lows and it can affect their play and the team. I don’t think it’s always so clear-cut. What’s his upside to starting Beanie? Beanie is already getting more carries? Is it to appease the fans? Why would he change something that is working so well?

  7. By Clayton on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    In regards to the beanie article and moreso the pic on the front page. How come the cards never use throwback jersies? Would love to see them break them out next year.

  8. By darrenurban on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Clayton —

    Not sure. I will try to find out if that’s ever been considered, although the Cards just changed jerseys in 2005, it’s not like they are years and years removed from that look.

  9. By Mattman on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    I have to wonder what the hangup is with many fans wanting to see Beanie as the starting back. What exactly does that mean? More money? Something in a contract that pushes a bonus to the front line? He seems to be, from what the team has been showing with his carries and the way that they play him, Beanie is the number one running back for the Cards. Each player has a role that the coaches use throughout their entire gameplan. Why must he be named the starter, if he gets the carries and does his job. Starters aren’t the only ones that win games for the team. I don’t personally care if he is named the starter or not, but moreso, that he does his job.

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