Lewis cut; Garvin, Togafau waived

Posted by Darren Urban on August 31, 2009 – 11:24 am

The Cardinals officially made their roster moves to get from 80 players to 75, including the release of safety/special teamer Keith Lewis. Undrafted rookie tackle Brandon Pearce was the only other straight release. Linebacker Cody Brown, as expected, was placed on injured reserve, ending his season, while two players were waived/injured: LB Pago Togafau, who broke his foot against the Packers Friday, and kick returner Michael Ray Garvin, who is recovering from knee surgery.

Both Togafau and Garvin could in theory eventually be brought back to the practice squad once they have healed (assuming they aren’t picked up by another team). Lewis’ departure isn’t a shock; the Cards were overloaded with reserve safeties. They still have rookie Rashad Johnson, Matt Ware and Aaron Francisco and there remains a chance either Francisco or Ware could be among the casualties of the final cuts at the end of the week (Johnson, as a third-round pick, isn’t going anywhere). CLARIFICATION: I had a couple questions about bringing someone like Garvin back. The Cards could bring him back to the practice squad or the roster, if he actually gets an injury settlement in the next five days. In that case, he would sit however long the injury settlement is (for example, two weeks of regular-season pay) plus another six weeks. Then Garvin could be brought back.

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LB Holloway signed, Vallejo cut

Posted by Darren Urban on August 26, 2009 – 4:26 pm

The Cardinals added a linebacker Wednesday when they brought back David Holloway, last seen around these parts on the practice squad in 2007 (he was brought to the roster for the season finale before being inactive on game day). He also has spent time with Washington, Cleveland and Jacksonville. To make room for Holloway, the Cardinals waived/injured tackle Elliot Vallejo, who has been dealing with a dislocated kneecap. Vallejo is practice squad eligible, so if there is some kind of injury settlement, I would guess the Cards could bring him back if they wanted to do so.

Holloway is also practice-squad eligible, so if he fits, maybe he hangs around now that Cody Brown is done for the year. Don’t worry if you don’t remember him, but it’s too bad Holloway missed the Chargers game – I am guessing Chargers QB Billy Volek remembers Holloway and a certain preseason sack in 2007.


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