The Cardinals added another defensive lineman to their ailing corps, claiming defensive lineman Cordian Hagans off of waivers after he was released by the Steelers. To make room, the team cut cornerback Josh Hill. Hagans was an undrafted rookie signed by the Steelers out of Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Cards have been short on the line with Dan Williams (ankle) and Ricky Lumpkin (ankle) are out. (They had lost Everrette Thompson to an arm injury too, although he has been waived injured.)
Tags: Cordian Hagans, Dan Williams, Everrette Thompson, Josh Hill
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The Cardinals signed three linemen today: A pair of centers in Deveric Gallington (mentioned earlier today) and Kyle Quinn (who happens to be a University of Arizona product) along with defensive tackle Jonathan Mathis, who is from Texas A&M. The Cards have been looking to upgrade their center depth, and Mathis is needed with all the defensive line injuries.
That means three players had to be released, and one — being waived-injured — was wide receiver LaRon Byrd, who suffered a concussion last week. Byrd had been in the mix to win a job after making the team as an undrafted player last year, but he didn’t flash as much as the coaches had been looking for over the summer and now has been dealing with the injury.
Also waived-injured was defensive end Everrette Thompson (shoulder), while wide receiver Tyler Shaw was cut.
The Cardinals now, behind Lyle Sendlein, have Gallington, Quinn, Adam Bice and Mike Gibson as reserve centers. Gibson can also play guard.
Tags: Deveric Gallington, Everrette Thompson, Jonathan Mathis, Kyle Quinn, LaRon Byrd, Tyler Shaw
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The Cardinals have four quarterbacks on the roster right now. It’s possible, Bruce Arians said, they could end up with just two.
Carson Palmer is the unquestioned starter. Drew Stanton is the unquestioned backup. And reality is Ryan Lindley is the third-stringer — Caleb TerBush isn’t really in the mix — unless Arians and the Cardinals go in another direction. Arians has been on teams “for a number of years” that have kept just two quarterbacks on the roster. He’d do it again.
“If it comes down to Ryan and another guy at another position, we’ll determine what’s more valuable to our football team at that time,” Arians said. “We’re going to keep the best 53.”
The Cardinals and Ken Whisenhunt tried it in 2007. That backfired. Matt Leinart broke his collarbone against the Rams five games into the season, and the team signed Tim Rattay to back up backup Kurt Warner. Then Warner had Julius Peppers fall on his left elbow early in the very next game, forcing Rattay on the field with just a couple of practices. Warner managed to play the rest of the season with a brace, but it was an issue that convinced Whisenhunt never to have fewer than three QBs on the roster going forward.
As for other current Cards’ news and notes:
— DT Ricky Lumpkin has a low ankle sprain, another blow to the ailing defensive line. Arians said the Cardinals will sign a defensive lineman or two, which are necessary with Lumpkin, Everrette Thompson and Dan Williams all out right now. ‘We’ll get a couple fresh bodies and coach real hard for two days,” Arians said. “We’ll see how good of a coach Buck (Brentson Bucker) is.”
— LB Daryl Washington missed the walkthrough while attending his latest court date for his assault case. He returned soon after and said nothing yet has been resolved and his next court date is set for October.
— RB Rashard Mendenhall will be back at practice. G Daryn Colledge will not play against the Packers. Arians said most injured guys are questionable. He still has hope that LB Karlos Dansby and WR Kerry Taylor (hamstrings) could play in Green Bay.
— Center Deveric Gallington, tweeted out he was going to sign with the Cardinals. The Cards have been searching to find more center depth. Gallington was an undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech who spent some time this offseason with the Raiders.
— The Cardinals, surprisingly, haven’t had one scuffle — or even had a hint of a scuffle — all through camp. It was suggested to Arians it could be air-condition-related. Arians smiled. “I do all the scuffling,” he said. More seriously, “We have a no fighting policy,” Arians said. “We don’t play the Cardinals. Normally you still have a (fight). I would think (being) outside it would draw more of that heat.”
Tags: Caleb TerBush, Carson Palmer, Dan Williams, Daryl Washington, Deveric Gallington, Drew Stanton, Everrette Thompson, Karlos Dansby, Ken Whisenhunt, Kerry Taylor, Kurt Warner, Matt Leinart, Rashard Mendenhall, Ricky Lumpkin, Ryan Lindley
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Daryn Colledge cut his hair this offseason. He said his face got a little lonely, so he’s decided to grow a beard. He had a beard when he played for the Packers when they won a Super Bowl. Foreshadowing? Colledge wouldn’t mind it.
“I’ve always been a facial hair aficionado kind of guy,” Colledge said. “It’s one of those things where I cut all of my hair off my head for the heat and I got lonely. I thought I’d grow the beard out this year and now that I’m injured I got to leave it on. I don’t even got time to shave anymore with all the treatment I got. I might just let it go the whole season we’ll see where it goes. The last time I grew my beard out I won a championship with Green Bay and maybe we can use this as a catapult this year.”
The Super Bowl is, after all, in New Jersey this season — outdoors — so …
“When you hold a cold-weather Super Bowl like this year you’ve got to plan ahead of time,” Colledge said. “So maybe I’m just getting ready for what I expect this team to be able to do this year.”
— Colledge, by the way, should only be out a couple more days, coach Bruce Arians said. That’s good, because Arians also said Paul Fanaika could challenge for that right guard starting role. Colledge has never missed a game on any level, so he’d rather not miss the Packers preseason game.
— RB Rashard Mendenhall is dealing with patella tendinitis and will rest at practice today. Arians has no concern about Mendenhall’s issue and he is expected back Monday. RB Ryan Williams, with his knee issues, is going to be back “maybe after Green Bay, hopefully before Green Bay.” DE Everrette Thompson has an arm injury and will miss a practice or two. No other changes on the injury front, he said.
— That makes it tough on the running backs. No question that Stepfan Taylor, Andre Ellington and Alfonso Smith are getting plenty of reps these days.
— Much more about Patrick Peterson-on-offense to come, but Peterson said he has no problem taking the extra reps and Arians said it was natural to want to use Peterson on offense in a package that has already grown to 15 plays or so. “You think, ‘Hmm, that’s a lot of weapon sitting next to me.’ ”
— Arians was happy about his offensive showing in practice Friday. “The light went on offensively for a lot of guys,” he said.
— The Cardinals have a lot more reps in practice than other teams might, Arians said, although more teams have added reps and tempo now that the CBA prevents more than one practice a day. “When you had an afternoon practice and a morning practice you split it up,” Arians said. “We’re trying to get a two-a-day practice (work) in a one-a-day practice with the reps we’re getting.
The Cards do a lot of 11-on-11 work. “Coach (Bear) Bryant used to call it ‘country coaching,’ ” Arians said. ” ‘Let’s go out and scrimmage because we only have 22 guys so let’s play football.’ I think you can become a smarter football team that way.”
— Arians, always good with the soundbites, had this to say of why he likes having assistant head coach Tom Moore around: “Two things: I look young, and I have someone who has been there and done it.”
Tags: Andre Ellington, Bruce Arians, Daryn Colledge, Everrette Thompson, Patrick Peterson, Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Williams, Stepfan Taylor, Tom Moore
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The University of Pittsburgh announced yesterday that it would be retiring the No. 1 jersey in honor of Larry Fitzgerald’s tenure as a Panther, a pretty remarkable achievement when you consider Fitz played just two seasons in college. (Because Fitz went to prep school for a year after high school to improve his grades, he was able to go to the NFL after his true sophomore season.) Fitzgerald was a beast in college. In his final Pitt season in 2003, despite playing for a Pitt team with limited weapons and drawing all the attention of every opponent, Fitz had 92 catches for 1,672 yards (for an 18.2 avg.) and 22 touchdowns. Guess being the No. 3 pick overall was kind of a no-brainer, even if it meant passing on some quarterbacks that turned out to be pretty good themselves.
No word in the announcement, by the way, when the jersey retiring will take place. (And, as a side note, when talking to Larry Fitzgerald Sr. last year for a Fitz story I was working on, he said his son thought about not going to Pitt but Michigan State. “He thought real hard,” Fitzgerald Sr. said, “because his girlfriend was there.”)
Anyway, Fitz’s number being retired usually brings up the secondary question: Would, somewhere down the road, the Cardinals retire No. 11? The answer is probably not. And it doesn’t have anything to do with how great Fitzgerald’s career ends up.
The Cardinals simply don’t retire many numbers. They put players in the Ring of Honor, which doesn’t take their jersey number off the market. Hall of Famers like Dan Dierdorf and Roger Wehrli are in the Ring of Honor yet their Nos. 72 and 22, respectively, have been worn often (of late, Brandon Keith and currently DE Everrette Thompson have had 72 and 22 has been worn by Duane Starks, Emmitt Smith and, today, CB Bryan McCann.)
The Cardinals have retired five jersey numbers since the organization started in 1898. Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson (8), all-around star back and war hero Marshall Goldberg (99), safety/war hero Pat Tillman (40), and two players who died while on the roster, tight end J.V. Cain (88) and tackle Stan Mauldin (77). There are 13 people in the team’s Ring of Honor, including Wilson, Tillman and Goldberg but not Cain or Mauldin. That RoH number will rise when safety Adrian Wilson goes in, and I’d expect Fitz to be there someday as well. He just might not be able to take 11 with him, at least not permanently.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Brandon Keith, Bryan McCann, Dan Dierdorf, Duane Starks, Emmitt Smith, Everrette Thompson, J.V. Cain, Larry Fitzgerald, Larry Wilson, Marshall Goldberg, Pat Tillman, Ring of Honor, Roger Wehrli, Stan Mauldin
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Some quick tidbits on a quiet Friday …
— Linebacker Daryl Washington gets named to yet another all-NFL team (although Bucky Brooks picks three inside linebackers and two outside linebackers for his new 12-man defense, apparently.) UPDATE: Washington was named second-team all-pro on Saturday as well.
— Assistant defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend is leaving, heading to the college game. He will be the new defensive backs coach at Mississippi State.
— The Cardinals signed seven players to “futures” contracts: LB Tim Fugger, DT Ricky Lumpkin, LB Colin Parker, DE Everrette Thompson, RB Fozzy Whittaker — all of whom ended the year on the practice squad — and G Jeremiah Warren, who was on the Patriots’ practice squad. (WR Gerell Robinson signed a futures deal with Denver.) A “futures” contract just means it doesn’t officially kick in until the new league year in March.
Tags: Daryl Washington, Deshea Townsend, Everrette Thompson, Fozzy Whittaker, Jeremiah Warren, practice squad, Ricky Lumpkin, Tim Fugger
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The key point anytime a team gets to the 53-man roster on final cuts is this: It’s never quite the final roster. That’s something to keep in mind when looking over the Cards’ cuts today, which leaves an unbalanced roster for now.
The team decided not to move tackle Levi Brown off of injured reserve, leaving 22 cuts to be made:
Injured reserve — RB Javarris James (knee), QB Rich Bartel (shoulder)
Waived-injured – LB Brandon Williams (shoulder), WR Stephen Williams (Achilles)
Released – CB Crezdon Butler, LB Antonio Coleman, S Blake Gideon, LB Clark Haggans, G Russ Hochstein, DT Ricky Lumpkin, LB Colin Parker, CB Larry Parker, WR DeMarco Sampson, TE Steve Skelton, RB Alfonso Smith, LB Quan Sturdivant, DE Ronald Talley, DE Everrette Thompson, TE Martell Webb, C Scott Wedige, WR Isaiah Williams, T D.J. Young.
So this is what we get out of this:
— The Cardinals cut Sampson and Stephen Williams, leaving five receivers and undrafted LaRon Byrd (pictured below) as No. 5.
— OLB Quentin Groves makes the cut but both Clark Haggans and Brandon Williams are out – you’d have to think another linebacker is on the way.
— Right now, the Cards have 11 defensive backs and nine offensive linemen, and you figure one or the other, if not both, will be trimmed down. All three OL draft picks are on the squad right now. The defensive backs will have to come down if you are looking for a place to cut to add at another position. In my guess at 53, I had guessed six WRs and eight OL, and the Cards took one from receiver to add to the line. And they took one of eight linebacker slots and added it to the 10 defensive back spots, so I was kind of close. We’ll see how it shakes out.
— Running back William Powell indeed makes the team too.
— This group probably won’t be the exact group that hits the practice field Monday. That’s the cold reality of the NFL.
Tags: Alfonso Smith, Antonio Coleman, Blake Gideon, Brandon Williams, Clark Haggans, Colin Parker, Crezdon Butler, D.J. Young, DeMarco Sampson, Everrette Thompson, Isaiah Williams, Javarris James, Larry Parker, Levi Brown, Martell Webb, Quan Sturdivant, Rich Bartel, Ricky Lumpkin, Ronald Talley, Russ Hochstein, Scott Wedige, Stephen Williams, Steve Skelton
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The Cardinals made a pre-Hall of Fame game move today by signing undrafted rookie defensive end Everrette Thompson, a 6-foot-6, 272-pounder from the University of Washington who took part in the Cards’ rookie minicamp in May on a tryout basis. To clear room, the Cards released undrafted rookie guard Braeden Clayson — not a surprise after the Cards signed guard Rich Orhnberger.
Tags: Braeden Clayson, Everrette Thompson
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