Arians: Powell “lucky to be alive”

Posted by Darren Urban on August 1, 2015 – 12:55 pm

Bruce Arians gave an update of rookie wide receiver Damond Powell, who has been put on the reserve-non-football injury list after being shot in the face a few days before training camp. Powell’s football future, Arians said, will “strictly be up to the doctors.”

“He’s lucky to be alive,” Arians said. “He’s got a shattered jaw, he’s got a neck brace on where the bullet went through his neck. When he’s cleared, then we could possibly talk about bringing him back off that injury list.”

Arians said he texted Powell right after the shooting occurred. General Manager Steve Keim and team president Michael Bidwill texted Powell’s mother, and head athletic trainer Tom Reed has been in contact with Powell and gave the team an update Friday.


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After shooting, a possible Powell scenario

Posted by Darren Urban on July 27, 2015 – 3:21 pm

The future of rookie wide receiver Damond Powell has yet to be determined, after the scary weekend shooting that left him hospitalized. Josh Weinfuss reports that Powell was hit once in the jaw and once in the neck, but is stable. His immediate football future, obviously, is in doubt. The Cardinals have not made any roster moves yet, but with Powell dealing with these injuries, keeping a roster spot for him seems unlikely — especially since new tight end Jermaine Gresham will need a roster spot once he officially signs his deal.

A likely scenario is that Powell would end up on the “reserve/non-football injury” list, which would keep him from counting against the 90-man roster. For that to happen, they would technically have to waive him and then 24 hours later when he clears he would revert to the team’s reserve-NFI list.

The Cardinals have their first training camp practice Saturday.


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Receiver shot in hometown

Posted by Darren Urban on July 25, 2015 – 8:41 am

Cardinals wide receiver Damond Powell, who signed as an undrafted rookie in May, was shot Friday night in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. The report said the injuries — Powell was hit in the face — are not life-threatening. According to the report, Powell was sitting in his driveway when the shots came from a car down the street.

Powell had 19 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns last season for the University of Iowa. He is fighting an uphill battle to get a receiving spot at a deep position, which not only has veterans like Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown and Jaron Brown but also Brittan Golden and fifth-round draft pick J.J. Nelson.

UPDATE: Here is the statement from the Cardinals on the matter: “We are aware that Damond Powell was the victim of a shooting last night in Toledo, where he remains hospitalized. We have been in communication with his family to offer whatever support and resources we can provide. We will continue to monitor and provide updates as appropriate.”


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