Who is expiring?

Posted by Darren Urban on March 3, 2011 – 2:53 pm

Regardless of the status of the CBA, the Cardinals have a chunk of players whose contracts will expire whenever the league year ends. What that means for free agency is uncertain because the CBA will address those rules. But as an FYI, here is a list of the current Cardinals who will have their contract run out this offseason. If a player has an asterisk, he has at least four accrued seasons in the NFL:

  • FB Nehemiah Broughton
  • RB Tim Hightower
  • FB Reagan Maui’a
  • RB Jason Wright*
  • WR Max Komar
  • WR Steve Breaston*
  • WR Early Doucet
  • TE Ben Patrick
  • TE Stephen Spach
  • T D’Anthony Batiste
  • C Ben Claxton
  • G Alan Faneca*
  • T Brandon Keith
  • G Deuce Lutui*
  • C Lyle Sendlein*
  • DL Alan Branch*
  • DL Keilen Dykes
  • DE Kenny Iwebema
  • DL Bryan Robinson*
  • DT Gabe Watson*
  • LB Curtis Gatewood
  • LB Cyril Obiozor
  • LB Reggie Walker
  • S Hamza Abdullah
  • CB Michael Adams
  • CB Trumaine McBride
  • S Matt Ware*
  • P Ben Graham*

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Roster moves, a sellout and a flight to Canton

Posted by Darren Urban on August 11, 2010 – 5:42 pm

It was a relatively quiet and low-key practice this afternoon. Matt Leinart looked good in the red zone including a strike for a touchdown, John Skelton looked, well, raw (two straight picks by LB Mark Washington and S Aaron Rouse). And Derek Anderson threw a beautiful over-the-shoulder deep ball to Larry Fitzgerald.

WR Steve Breaston (knee) remained out, as did DT Alan Branch (hip flexor). Wide receiver Ed Gant was added to the injured list; he was sporting a walking boot on his right foot.

On to the other news o’ the day:

— There will be no practice Friday morning in Flagstaff, so anyone thinking about attending this week, tomorrow afternoon is the last workout. The Cards will be back to work Monday afternoon at NAU following Saturday’s preseason opener in Glendale.

— That game against the Texans, by the way, is a sellout. So it will be broadcast on local TV (ABC-15).

— The Cardinals were forced to make a roster move by waiving-injured DL Keilen Dykes (torn tricep tendon) and signing undrafted rookie John Fletcher, who was with the Ravens briefly. It’s a tough thing for Dykes, who worked his butt off coming back from a torn biceps muscle in November. He’s a very good guy and was at the facility it seems every week this summer.

— Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, the longest tenured active pro athlete in the Valley, will serve as honorary captain for Saturday’s game.

— Finally, a video has been posted chronicling the trip made by team president/pilot Michael Bidwill, owner Bill Bidwill, coach Ken Whisenhunt, and fellow coaches on their trip Saturday from Flagstaff and the team’s Red-White practice out to Canton, where they surprised Hall of Fame inductee Russ Grimm. Included are some in-flight anecdotes from Grimm’s cohorts on their Hall-bound friend.

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Cards lose PS fullback to Bengals

Posted by Darren Urban on November 3, 2009 – 2:53 pm

Earlier today the Cardinals made a practice squad move and now another is coming. They lost fullback Fui Vakapuna from the practice squad when the Bengals, who had drafted Vakapuna this year, came after him and signed him to their 53-man roster. The Cards are in the process of filling the vacant spot. Earlier today, the Cards put PS defensive end Keilen Dykes on injured reserve and added defensive lineman Antoine Holmes.

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Dykes to IR; Holmes to practice squad

Posted by Darren Urban on November 3, 2009 – 9:26 am

As expected, practice squad DL Keilen Dykes was placed on injured reserve Tuesday as he has surgery to repair a bicep torn during practice last week. To replace him, the Cards have brought aboard DT Antoine Holmes, an undrafted guy out of North Carolina State who spent training camp with the Vikings.

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Rolle returns to practice

Posted by Darren Urban on October 30, 2009 – 12:32 pm

Safety Antrel Rolle, looking remarkably spry considering he didn’t practice the past two days because of a sore foot, was back on Friday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the key will be to see how the foot responds tomorrow after Rolle worked on it, but if I had to guess, I’d guess Rolle will be able to play. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin (ankle) looks better, Whisenhunt said, even though he remains limited, so I’d expect Boldin to play too. Tight end Stephen Spach (ankle) continues to improve, although his availability — given how long he has been out — is more of an issue.

The only harsh news comes from the practice squad, where defensive lineman Keilen Dykes tore a bicep this week and will have to undergo surgery Tuesday to get it fixed. Otherwise, the Cards will have their roster available — CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie continued to not miss a beat after hurting his ankle as well.

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UPDATED: Dykes officially released

Posted by Darren Urban on October 12, 2009 – 4:31 pm

The Cardinals haven’t announced anything and they have a roster exemption for the returning Ben Patrick if they want, but Mike Sando is reporting they have cut defensive lineman Keilen Dykes. Dykes would be eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers. Dykes was added to the roster when Kenny Iwebema hurt his ankle and played against Jacksonville and Indianapolis. He was inactive — as was a now-healthy Iwebema — against Houston.

TUESDAY UPDATE: The announcement for Dykes’ release was just officially made, along with the announcement he is indeed returning to the practice squad. The Cards released DE Alex Field from the practice squad to keep Dykes. Ben Patrick still isn’t officially on the 53-man roster although the Cards now have a spot for him. I am guessing they will wait to see where he is physically before putting him on the roster. Since only 45 guys can be active Sundays anyway, it wouldn’t be crucial to officially fill that final roster spot yet.

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McFadden to play

Posted by Darren Urban on October 11, 2009 – 11:44 am

The Cardinals’ inactive list is out and, as I thought when watching CB Bryant McFadden test on his injured ankle, he looks fine. So the inactive list is one of backups and not injuries for the first time this season, although it’s interesting to note that both DLs Kenny Iwebema and Keilen Dykes are sitting today. The others on the inactive list:

  • QB Brian St. Pierre
  • LB Reggie Walker
  • T Herman Johnson
  • G Brandon Keith
  • WR Early Doucet
  • TE Dominique Byrd

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Post-practice: Chike, Breaston sit

Posted by Darren Urban on September 16, 2009 – 2:05 pm

The first practice of the week saw linebacker Chike Okeafor sitting out with a bad shoulder and receiver Steve Breaston still out with his balky knee. WRs Anquan Boldin (hamstring) and Early Doucet (ribs) were limited, but coach Ken Whisenhunt said he feels better about his receiving situation this week than last — at least, he has a better handle on it.

Keilen Dykes was brought up — and Lance Long released — mostly because of DL Kenny Iwebema’s bad ankle. The Cards needed another defensive lineman. S Matt Ware sat out with his bad shoulder. G Reggie Wells was added to the injury report this week with a bad thumb but he practiced full and it shouldn’t be an issue.

Otherwise the talk was about the Cards’ up-and-down offense (a full story coming later). Most of the same things were said — it’s about details, we’ve got to clean up mistakes — but no one was as passionate about it as Boldin, who was blunt in his assessments. Boldin said the players simply have to get focused. As far as the problems, “It’s not a mystery,” he said.

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Dykes promoted, OJ Jones returns

Posted by Darren Urban on September 16, 2009 – 10:35 am

The Cardinals have added defensive lineman Keilen Dykes to the active roster to take the spot of wide receiver Lance Long, who was, in fact, released. Long is gone for good, since Dykes’ practice squad spot will be taken by receiver Onrea Jones, who was recently on Washington’s practice squad for a couple weeks after the Cards’ cut him. Dykes had impressed coaches in the offseason and has a chance to develop, although he’ll have to battle to be active Sundays for now.

As for Long, no surprise to see he ended up on the Chiefs’ practice squad with former Cards OC Todd Haley. He always had an uphill battle behind five guys, and now that Early Doucet looks like he is coming back, Long — who had struggled and dropped a pass against San Francisco — didn’t have a place on the active roster.

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50 percent of the practice squad

Posted by Darren Urban on September 7, 2009 – 10:32 am

The Cardinals have half their practice squad: defensive lineman Keilen Dykes, receiver Ed Gant, defensive end Alex Field and guard Trevor Canfield. The other four players are in a holding pattern until they pass physicals, meaning all four guys are new to the team. I don’t have names yet, but because they are new, it means some of the holdover possibilities – kick returner Michael Ray Garvin (who is recovering from knee surgery, so he wasn’t coming back right away anyway) or quarterback Tyler Palko – aren’t coming back. Hopefully, we’ll know who the four new guys are by the end of the day.

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