Porter to IR, future cloudy

Posted by Darren Urban on December 21, 2011 – 11:24 am

After missing most of the season with a bad knee that required surgery, the Cardinals finally placed veteran linebacker Joey Porter on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and — barring a surprise — his time in Arizona. There’s a good chance the 13-year pro, a free-agent-to-be, also has played his last down in the NFL as he deals with the chronic knee issues.

Porter came into the season needing three sacks to reach 100 for his career. He notched just one before he played for a final time this season against the Steelers the sixth game of the season; the knee sidelined him since.

The Cards promoted linebacker Brandon Williams from the practice squad to take Porter’s roster spot. Running back William Powell, who was with the Cards in training camp and the preseason, was signed to the practice squad.

Porter was signed before the 2010 season in a hope he could provide some pass-rushing help, but it never materialized. He had five sacks last season and then had to take a huge paycut to stick around this season, from $5.75 million to $1.5 million. He was starting while healthy, but the Cardinals always wanted to get young linebackers more playing time and rookie replacement Sam Acho has provided a significant boost since entering the lineup in Baltimore.

To Porter’s credit, he has remained engaged at the games in which he has attended (he wasn’t traveling after surgery). But he was never able to demonstrate the same pressure off the edge that allowed him to generate 26.5 sacks in the two seasons (in Miami) before coming to Arizona.

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30 Responses to “Porter to IR, future cloudy”

  1. By carlo italy 7000 on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    why they took so his age with a bad knee problem like that why they didnt add a player before…we could sign jared gaither who is playing good for chargers now

  2. By BIll on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Time to retire Joey.

  3. By DontTakeLoses on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Love Joey. Wish him well. He gave it all he had while here. All you can ask.

  4. By Christo on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I wouldn’t call his future cloudy at all.

    He’s done.

  5. By C on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    What can you tell us about Brandon Williams vs. Quan Sturdivant? I would have thought when Porter was IR’d/Released that Sturdivant would have been a lock to get called up to fill a LB spot.

  6. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    C —

    RE: Sturdivant

    I guess that just tells you where Quan is in his development right now.

  7. By Gilbert on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I agree he’s played his last down

  8. By Jeremy W on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    All I want for chirstmas is a Cards win and a Detroit and Atl loss

  9. By Kurt on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    All the best Joey…. Great pro thanks for suiting up with the Cards

  10. By Phoenixraven1 on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    It is always tough to hang it up. I have followed porter for many years as we are the same age. I think he’d make an awesome linebackers coach or assistant! Keep his locker room help here in AZ!

  11. By Kevin S on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Agreed Jeremy. I’d even just take a loss by one of the two. Not expecting to sneak into the playoffs but it would be cool to go into the last week with at least a chance.

  12. By ReddedNation on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Wish all the best to Porter but I hope to see Daryl Washington suit up in that number 55. That would look mean on that budding Linebacker.

  13. By az1965 on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    He WAS done and washed up… another poor FA signing.

  14. By Shaun Church on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    C & Darren

    RE: Sturdivant

    They play different positions, correct? It wouldn’t make much sense to lose an outside linebacker and promote a middle linebacker.

    That said, I like Williams’ size and no-quit mentality. I saw a few of his games while he was at Texas Tech (I was watching for the Graham Harrell to Michael Crabtree connection) and he has the quintessential “high motor” you love to see in members of the defensive front seven.

    Darren, do you get the feel that he will get playing time over the next two weeks? I think I remember you reporting Jaymar Johnson would get some playing time, according to Whisenhunt, and that has not happened.

  15. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Shaun –

    RE: B Williams

    I don’t know. Unless there is an injury, i don’t know why he would play. This team is still trying to make the playoffs.

  16. By Peter in Canada on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Phoenixraven1 – I agree. His future is not cloudy. In my crystal ball I see a linebackers coach in his future.

  17. By Scott H on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    In regard to Porter, I say Ya don’t have to go home but ya can’t stay here! We’ve gotten very little from Porter during his time here ( not that I was expecting a lot ) and I see no need for him to be back. I am happy with the way things turned out this year. Well, not happy about anyone being injured, but his being injured cleared the way for the young guys to come in and play and THAT has been good for this team. Let’s move forward.

    Porter is what we need to STOP doing going forward – which is continuing to bring in old Steelers who’s best days are clearly behind them. We need to be doing more of our shopping in some other stores.

  18. By KDubADub1324 on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    It may likely be Joey’s last year, but he had a great career and reached the ultimate goal of winning the Bowl. He should have no regrets. Dude was a beast. Kurt said it: thanks for suiting up with AZ

  19. By Bob-O! on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Nothing like having a Ball player Like that in the Locker room to help out the young guys. Much respect to Mr. Porter he was a force to be reckoned with in his hay day.

  20. By brad oneill on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Joey is a great player, who gave everything he could bring to this organization, the younger guys are better because he was here. Thanks for everything mr. Porter i wouldn’t count the guy out just yet but if he has played his last down its an honor to have a guy like that end his career with our club.

  21. By in fitz we trust on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    porter was a beast in his black an yellow days, hope the best, maybe worthy of the hall, great career numbers, thanks for the services joey!!!

  22. By AndyStandsUp on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Wish Porter luck on his retirement. The Cards caught him not only on the other side of the hill, but at the very bottom after he fell down and broke his crown.
    And Haggans should be tumbling after.

    Watch out Bakersfield Taco Bells; Joey’s on his way home.

  23. By Fitz4Mtrushmore on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Sturdivant plays ILB so not a suprise he’s not activated!!!

    Porter was highly unproductive…good ridance.

  24. By in fitz we trust on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    hey darren of topic from this blog, but i just read a post on regarding us wanting to resign calais, do u have any info on that??? it says they have been in negotiations for a while, i know calais also once said he would consider testing free agency, does he have a commitment to us, or do u think hes trying to get a monster contact…. if u have any details lmk

  25. By Darren Urban on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    In Fitz —

    RE: Calais deal

    They are talking about a new deal. As far as commitment, that’s not how it works. If he thinks they are paying him a fair deal, he will sign. This is likely his lone shot at a big contract. You can’t blame him for wanting to maximize leverage.

  26. By ddoggphx on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    “For all the folks who are concerned about the Cardinals, here is some food for thought. They have 2 wins on the road. One against a reeling Eagles team in early November when it was 60 some degrees. The other was their second win against the Rams.”

    So darren, that is what Bengals fans are saying. Methinks the defense might have a differing opinion…slightly…what do you say (and can you slip this nugget into the pre-game stuff to keep the defense angry and pissed off like we want ’em?)

  27. By John the Draft Guy on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Card Fans,
    Help me out here. Why do we keep asking about fringe players like Williams, Sturdivant, and Considine?

    Williams was a third round bust for Dallas. Just making the roster is a huge accomplishment. With Bradley getting a lot of snaps as OLB, along with Acho, Haggins and Schofield, I’m puzzled why he even was promoted unless they are unhappy with Bradleys production and they move him back inside.

    Sturdivant is a 6th round rookie who would have to get past both Bradley and Lenon. Think about this; Bradley has been playing OLB and Sturdivant still hasnt been promoted. Any bells going off? There is a good chance the cards draft another ILB this draft and Sturdivant would be gone.

    Considine is a journeyman, hanging on to teams because of special teams.

    If you want to latch on to an unknown player, how about Ron Talley? This DE has quietly been promoted to the active roster and even has taken snaps backing up Campbell and Dockett.

  28. By Chuck 1 on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s put the blame for the bad decision(s) to sign Joey Porter (and Faneca, Haggans and Stuckey (sp?) as a Free Agent squarely where it belongs: on Rod Graves and Whiz (for letting their obsession in signing former Steeler and AFC Central players as FAs): “…Porter was signed before the 2010 season in a hope he could provide some pass-rushing help, but it never materialized…”

    Whiz’ coaching has been OK, but his personnel decisions, aided and abetted by Graves, have left something to be desired.

  29. By Scott H on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    ddoggphx –

    RE: what Bengals fans are saying

    Screw these Bengals fans. They are one lousy win better than the Cardinals and 3 of THEIR wins have come against the Rams, Colts, and Jaguars. Yeah…not exactly murderer’s row, is it? They are also 2-4 in their last 6 games and have just about played themselves right out of the playoff race. Do ya think these Bengal fans are a little nervous about Saturday? Hell yeah, they are. I think the Bengals are a solid team on the rise with some very good young players. But right now? Their fans have no right to claim a win against a Cardinals team that is every bit as good as their team is.

    I say let’s take them down and end their season on Saturday. Let their fans chew on that.

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