Cardinals sign Matthew Mulligan, place Troy Niklas on injured reserve

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The Cardinals have gotten used to placing players on injured reserve this season and they added to the list on Tuesday.

One big difference from past transactions is that the players isn’t quite as important to the team as quarterback Carson Palmer, defensive end Darnell Dockett or linebacker John Abraham. Tight end Troy Niklas was the unfortunate party this time around as a sprained ankle has led the team to place him on season-ending injured reserve.

It’s the second ankle injury of the season for Niklas, who was the 52nd pick of the draft this year, and it ends his rookie year after seven games and three catches.

The team signed veteran tight end Matthew Mulligan to fill the open spot on the roster. Mulligan played two games with the Bears earlier this season and has also played with the Patriots, Rams and Jets over the course of his career.

Mulligan, who has primarily served as a blocker during his career, will slot in behind Rob Housler and John Carlson at tight end for the Cardinals.