Garvin still around

Posted by Darren Urban on September 8, 2009 – 1:17 pm

Lost among all the cuts of the past week and the various roster moves is the fact kick returner Michael Ray Garvin, who is recovering from knee surgery, remains on the team. Garvin was waived/injured in the first round of cuts after the third preseason game, giving other teams a chance to claim him. No one did, so the Cardinals — rather than do an injury settlement, at least at this point — moved him to injured reserve, where he is now along with linebacker Cody Brown (wrist) and fullback Justin Green (knee). Does Garvin last the season there? There’s always a chance he doesn’t and that the team will come to some kind of settlement with him. But for now, he is still Cardinals’ property.

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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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Boldin still sitting; Breaston back

Posted by Darren Urban on August 31, 2009 – 11:54 am

We’re early in practice, but wide receiver Steve Breaston looks like he is back at practice for the first time since hurting his knee against Pittsburgh Aug. 13. It’s possible he will be limited, but it’s a step in the right direction. Fellow receiver Anquan Boldin, who is dealing with a sore hamstring, remains sidelined. Not surprisingly, that is probably a reason why, despite a large number of wideouts still on the roster, none were cut today (Michael Ray Garvin, already injured, was the lone wideout on the list).

UPDATE: It looks like WR Early Doucet is sitting out today as well.

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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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No Q or St. Pierre tonight

Posted by Darren Urban on August 28, 2009 – 5:33 pm

There is no official inactive list in the preseason, but the Cards still list those not expected to play because of injury. The players are no surprise to tonight given how the week went. WRs Anquan Boldin (hamstring) and Steve Breaston (knee) aren’t going to play, and neither will QB Brian St. Pierre (back). Also sitting will be DL Keilen Dykes (quad), LB Ali Highsmith (ankle), WR Michael Ray Garvin (knee surgery) and LB Cody Brown (wrist).

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