The fact Tyrann Mathieu was headed to injured reserve was set Monday when the world found out he had torn his ACL. So to fill the roster spot once Mathieu was officially put on IR Tuesday, the Cardinals re-signed veteran safety Chris Clemons.
Clemons played the first five games of the season for the Cards before hurting his hamstring against Detroit Oct. 11. In need of roster spots at that point, Clemons was first put on IR himself and then given an injury settlement. In short, an injury settlement allows a player to be released from IR and sign anywhere else, and it allows a team to avoid having a player on IR all season (and get paid for sitting out). The settlement is an agreement on both sides on how long whatever the injury might be will take to heal — and then the player is paid as if he remained on the roster that many weeks.
The released player is free to sign anywhere immediately — except back with his own team. In that case, the player can’t return to the original team until the length of the injury settlement has passed, plus six weeks. So you figure Clemons was given a settlement of three or four weeks max, because 10 weeks have passed since he was let go. In any case, he never signed anywhere else, and now he returns to the Cardinals — for whom Clemons had played well on special teams before his injury.
Tags: Chris Clemons, Tyrann Mathieu
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