The Arizona Cardinals have their Week One starting quarterback, and they also have a pared down roster. Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s team arrived at 53 players on Friday evening, with about an hour left before the cut-down deadline.
Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website mapped out the moves in this blog post. Here they are:
The Cards sent two players to injured reserve: running back Javarris James (knee) and quarterback Richard Bartel (shoulder). It’s notable that left tackle Levi Brown (triceps) was left on injured reserve and will not be assigned the Cardinals’ individual I.R. mechanism for mid- or late-season activation.
Linebacker Brandon Williams (shoulder) and wide receiver Stephen Williams (Achilles’) were waived/injured.
They outright released or waived wide receiver DeMarco Sampson, cornerback Crezdon Butler, linebacker Antonio Coleman, safety Blake Gideon, linebacker Clark Haggans, guard Russ Hochstein, defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, linebacker Colin Parker, cornerback Larry Parker, tight end Stephen Skelton, running back Alfonso Smith, linebacker Quan Sturdivant, defensive end Ronald Talley, defensive end Everrette Thompson, tight end Martell Webb, center Scott Wedige, wide receiver Isaiah Williams, and tackle D.J. Young.
After impressive preseasons, longshot running back William Powell and undrafted free agent wide receiver LaRon Byrd made the Cardinals’ final 53.