The Cardinals have brought back a familiar face, re-signing defensive lineman Kenny Iwebema Monday. Iwebema has been sitting on the sideline since his contract ran out this offseason. Iwebema blew out his knee in November and had been rehabbing. Iwebema said he will begin being limited in practice — special teams and the like — but rehab has gone well. He added that his playing weight is back to normal, in the 280-pound range.
The Cardinals are also bringing back running back William Powell, who was with the team earlier in camp. He’s the body everyone was expecting when Ryan Williams went down; I think the Cards will continue to look at their running back options going forward and even through the rest of the NFL’s final cuts. Finally, the Cards are signing cornerback Thad Turner, who was on the Patriots’ practice squad last season.
The Cards already had a spot open on the 90-man roster. So to make room, the team released cornerback Desia Dunn — who was victimized by a 97-yard touchdown pass in Green Bay — and punter Derek Epperson.
— Whisenhunt said he wasn’t sure if QB John Skelton (ankle sprain) will practice this afternoon.
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Tight end Stephen Skelton of Fordham and safety Jared Campbell of Miami — brothers of current Cards John Skelton and Calais Campbell — are among the 21 undrafted rookies the team has signed for training camp.
The rest of the lengthy list includes:
- Northern Arizona WR Daiveun Curry-Chapman
- Fresno State CB Desia Dunn
- Baylor P Derek Epperson
- Wofford S Tommy Irvin
- Elon WR Sean Jeffcoat
- Florida LB Duke Lemmens
- Kentucky DT Ricky Lumpkin
- Oklahoma T Eric Mensik
- Syracuse CB Da’Mon Merkerson
- Oregon State WR Aaron Nichols
- UMass G Greg Niland
- USC C Kris O’Dowd
- Kansas State RB William Powell
- BYU S Andrew Rich
- Florida State LB Kendall Smith
- BYU T Jason Speredon
- Kansas T Brad Thorson
- N.C. State G Jake Vermiglio
- Michigan State T D.J. Young
As has been mentioned before, all rookies are going to have an uphill climb this season because of the lack of offseason work. Undrafted guys usually have a tougher time anyway.
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