Golden was inked to the Cardinals' practice squad Sunday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Golden's quest for a fringe roster spot may have been hindered by a lingering hamstring injury, but he impressed in the final two preseason games, accruing eight receptions for 128 yards. With only five wideouts on the 53-man roster, one ailment could be enough for Golden or fellow practice squad mate Chris Hubert to receive the call.
Golden (hamstring) compiled a team-best six catches for 80 yards during Sunday's preseason defeat at Houston.
Golden's first game action was delayed due to a balky hamstring, which subsided enough to yield active status Sunday. His experience in the Cardinals' system and special teams ability likely give him a leg up over Chris Hubert -- five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown this preseason -- but Golden may have to perform again in Thursday's exhibition versus the Broncos in order to nab one of the final roster spots at wide receiver.
Golden left Tuesday's practice early with a hamstring injury and won't be back to full strength prior to Friday. He'll sit that matchup out, which further reduces his chances of making the team's final roster. After being listed outside the top-6 wide receivers on the
An undrafted free agent of the Bears in 2012, Golden has been a part of three organizations in his career but only seen the field with the Cardinals. In particular, he was active in 14 games in 2015, yet received one target, which he gathered in for five yards. On the first unofficial depth chart released Monday, Golden was outside the top-6 wide receivers, indicating that his spot could be in jeopardy if he misses significant time with an injury.
After he was inactive in Weeks 1 and 2, Golden was on the active roster for the rest of the campaign. While he was afforded only two percent of the offensive snaps, he picked up 57 percent of the special-teams snaps, accruing seven solo tackles along the way. With the top four wide receiver spots secured by Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, and J.J. Nelson, Golden likely won't experience a larger offensive workload in the fall unless the
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