Cards add running back, offensive lineman

Posted by Darren Urban on August 1, 2012 – 8:11 am

With Javarris James (abductor) ailing, Beanie Wells (knee) still on the PUP list and Ryan Williams — who rested Tuesday, sitting out practice as his rehab continues — still a question whether he will play Sunday in the Hall of Fame game, the Cardinals signed an extra back. Thomas Clayton, who has 29 yards on 15 carries in six career games with three teams, was inked Wednesday. The Cardinals also added guard Rich Ohrnberger, who was drafted by the Patriots in 2009.

To make room on the roster, the Cardinals released wide receiver Stanley Arukwe and waived-injured center Ryan Bartholomew.

Clayton was a sixth-round pick of the 49ers in 2007 out of Kansas State. He has spent time with the Browns, Seahawks and Patriots as well. I wouldn’t expect this to be any more than a let’s-get-through-the-next-game-or-two kind of move. Ohrnberger could be more intriguing given the uncertain depth on the interior line, but like Russ Hochstein, we’ll see how he fits in.

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21 Responses to “Cards add running back, offensive lineman”

  1. By eric on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Darn! Was hoping Aruwke would have amounted to something.

  2. By Jason on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Cedric Benson would have been a nice addition…

  3. By Darren Urban on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Jason —

    RE: RB add

    They aren’t looking for anyone besides someone who can get them reps in the preseason. Wells and Williams are your top backs for 2012.

  4. By brad oneill on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    crazy to not let Arukwe at least hang out through a few practices. the kid is raw but he can outrun anyone on our team. he must have hit someone wrong to be tossed aside that quick.

  5. By Darren Urban on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Brad —

    RE: Arukwe

    He had a few practices. He add all the OTAs and minicamp.

  6. By clssylssy on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wow…glad to see we’ve added some depth at RB even if it is a temporary fix.
    K-State has produced some consistent players, Monty Beisei, formerly a Card who ran back an onside kick against the Cowboys giving Cards a last minute victory and, Saints Darren Sproles, who Clayton was the back-up for…just to name a few. Yeah! now if we could pick up another TE, I head the Packers have so many they are falling over each other!

  7. By D on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks to the Cards organization, yesterday was fun and we were treated very well. Thanks to the players who spent the extra time after practice to take photos and sign stuff. Darren, I didn’t want to bother you.

    Some observations: Whiz must have a team watching Doplar radar all day to when and if he pulls the trigger relating to the rain.
    The backup Fullback, Crank, is a load.
    Snyder and Colledge could be twins. (both large, plenty of tat’s and very nice)
    Peterson is a class act.
    The weather was perfect and Happy late BDay to Mr. B.

  8. By alexmannsportskings on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    But Darren, Jason does have a point. Adding Benson would have given Arizona a 3 headed monster, and with the uncertainty behind Williams, and also Wells injury troubles he would have been a safe selection.

  9. By Darren Urban on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    alexmann, Tim —

    RE: Benson

    This isn’t fantasy football. Benson is not going to sign with a team with two backs already. If Wells and Williams are healthy, they won’t get enough carries in the first place. Benson wants to play.

  10. By Jwitcardz on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Will the HOF game only be televised on NFL Network or will the local channels show the game as well?

  11. By Darren Urban on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Jwitcardz —

    RE: HoF telecast

    It will also be on Ch. 5 KPHO.

  12. By Tim on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Darren do you think we might look to pick up Benson sometime before the season starts if Beanie and/or Williams rehab does not go as planned? I know as of now Wells/Williams is the plan, but as far as veteran free agents Benson is as good as it gets right now, isn’t he?

  13. By johnwimmer on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    To Clssylssy-

    K-State is my Alma Mater… Josh Scoby played for AZ and WIlliam Powell is still with the team I believe. Chris Canty, Terence Newman, Josh Freeman, Rock Cartwright and Jordy Nelson all did pretty well for themselves, among many other unmentioned players. Speaking of K-State running backs… Daniel Thomas would have been a nice draft pick two years ago.

  14. By johnwimmer on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah… I forgot… QB Chad May was actually signed by the Cardinals after he was released by the Vikings, if I recall correctly.

  15. By CodyZarr on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply


    Arukwe could not catch. Do a google search and watch the interview with his quarterback/coach at Troy. Somewhere along the line they make the statement “if he catches half the balls we throw his way we figure we’re doing pretty good”. Intriguing prospect yes, but this isn’t a track meet and there are no Davis family members in the front office.

    Benson is just a bad idea. There is a reason he is not signed when plenty of teams have a need at RB.

  16. By brad oneill on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Darren and Cody fair points all. just figured if he only has only a year of football under his belt he might grow into a better catcher. of course they have guys that are closer to being ready now and obviously they dont want to wait around on a maybe.

  17. By david on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Does this mean we won’t see A. Sherman getting some carries?

  18. By Darren Urban on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    David —

    RE: Sherman

    It probably severely hampers the “Sherminator” movement.

  19. By Ron Martin on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Too bad Clayton hasn’t found a place to stick around more than a few days. He’s got RB skills but at this point the ACL and age will probably catch up.

  20. By Ed on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    Watch the o line with the kid from Pats. FAST and big, may be the help we need.

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