|Offense||9th||108.2 (18th)||258.5 (9th)|
|Defense||2nd||94.9 (9th)||210.3 (4th)|
|65||Boggs, Taylor||C||6-3||302||2/20/1987||3||Humboldt State|
|Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||230||7/5/1990||5||San Diego State|
|12||Brown, John||WR||5-11||179||4/3/1990||3||Pittsburg State|
|25||Bryant, Christian||DB||5-10||198||3/21/1992||2||Ohio State|
|20||Bucannon, Deone||DB||6-1||211||8/30/1992||3||Washington State|
|Bundy, Marquis||WR||6-4||215||8/5/1994||R||New Mexico State|
|93||Campbell, Calais||DT||6-8||300||9/1/1986||9||Miami (Fla.)|
|37||Dixon, Brian||DB||6-0||195||4/26/1990||3||Northwest Missouri State|
|Dysert, Zac||QB||6-3||221||2/8/1990||2||Miami (Ohio)|
|59||Fua, Alani||LB||6-5||234||1/1/1992||2||Brigham Young|
|Golden, Brittan||WR||5-11||186||7/20/1988||3||West Texas A&M|
|95||Gunter, Rodney||DT||6-5||305||1/19/1992||2||Delaware State|
|41||Hartfield, Trevon||SAF||6-0||195||11/17/1991||R||Southwestern Oklahoma State|
|Hubert, Chris||WR||5-9||170||5/8/1993||R||Fayetteville State|
|43||Jenkins, Mike||DB||5-10||197||3/22/1985||9||South Florida|
|75||John, Ulrick||T||6-5||307||5/20/1992||3||Georgia State|
|31||Johnson, David||RB||6-1||224||12/16/1991||2||Northern Iowa|
|23||Johnson, Chris||RB||5-11||203||9/23/1985||9||East Carolina|
|50||Martin, Gabe||LB||6-2||236||6/5/1992||1||Bowling Green State|
|96||Martin, Kareem||DE||6-6||272||2/19/1992||3||North Carolina|
|32||Mathieu, Tyrann||DB||5-9||186||5/13/1992||4||Louisiana State|
|34||Miller, Harlan||CB||6-0||182||6/20/1994||R||Southeastern Louisiana|
|51||Minter, Kevin||LB||6-0||246||12/3/1990||4||Louisiana State|
|80||Momah, Ifeanyi||TE||6-7||255||10/23/1989||1||Boston College|
|87||Niklas, Troy||TE||6-6||270||9/18/1992||3||Notre Dame|
|21||Peterson, Patrick||DB||6-1||203||7/11/1990||6||Louisiana State|
|72||Pierre, Olsen||DE||6-5||293||8/27/1991||1||Miami (Fla.)|
|53||Shipley, A.Q.||C||6-1||307||5/22/1986||5||Penn State|
|5||Stanton, Drew||QB||6-3||243||5/7/1984||10||Michigan State|
|36||Swearinger, D.J.||DB||5-10||205||2/12/1989||4||South Carolina|
|89||Valles, Hakeem||TE||6-5||260||11/23/1992||R||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|78||Watford, Earl||G||6-3||300||6/24/1990||4||James Madison|
|73||Wetzel, John||G||6-7||328||7/18/1991||1||Boston College|
|26||Williams, Brandon||CB||5-11||200||9/9/1992||R||Texas A&M|
|Williams, Kerwynn||RB||5-8||198||6/9/1991||3||Utah State|
|94||Williams, Xavier||DT||6-2||309||1/18/1992||2||Northern Iowa|
|Zamort, Ronald||CB||5-10||174||11/10/1991||R||Western Michigan|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Martin is a depth linebacker and special teamer. The Cardinals promoted Zaviar Gooden from the practice squad to take his place.
Williams is expected to fill in for starting cornerback Marcus Cooper (back), despite dealing with a stiff back during the week. As a result, Williams may be picked on early and often by Russell Wilson.
Wright, who was previously with the Browns' practice squad, will join a Cardinals team dealing with several to their linebacking corp. Look for him to play a mostly reserve role until he gets a better understanding of the defensive playbook.
Throughout his fourth campaign, Minter was jostling for the team lead in tackles with Deone Bucannon (ankle) and Tony Jefferson (knee), only to finish third behind the duo, despite both landing on injured reserve within the final three weeks. After being contained to special teams as a rookie and LB depth in 2014, Minter has earned at least 88 percent of the defensive snaps in both of the last two seasons. In fact, the inside linebacker hasn't missed a contest during that stretch, averaging 5.5 tackles per game along the way. Nevertheless, he's only forced one turnover in his career to date, so he may not be as desirable as an unrestricted free agent when the market opens on March 9.
Hubert flashed with three receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in Week 3 of the preseason, but it wasn't enough to land a spot on the Cardinals' 53-man roster in advance of the regular season. Called upon in the aftermath of John Brown's midseason diagnosis of a sickle-cell trait, Hubert nonetheless didn't make an appearance in three opportunities before he was released and returned to the practice squad. In addition to his progress through the offseason program, Hubert's professional odds may also hinge on alterations made to the receiving corps, particularly Larry Fitzgerald's decision on his NFL future.
Jenkins was brought in at the beginning of training camp as the Cardinals looked to strengthen the depth of their defensive backfield. However, the veteran suffered an ACL injury in Sunday's preseason game and had to be carted off the field. At 31, it's tough to guess where Jenkins will go from here and if he'll be revitalize his career after a year on the sidelines.
A high-ankle sprain has conspired to force the first DNPs of Bucannon's career. With another 91 tackles under his belt in 2016, he boasts 6.4 tackles per game in nearly three seasons with the Cardinals. In Bucannon's stead, Sio Moore has been bumped to the starting dollar linebacker role.
John earned the first three starts of his career due to a number of injuries across the Cardinals' offensive line. A dislocated shoulder will end his campaign, though, allowing Earl Watford to start at right tackle.
Dixon will head down to the desert after being released by the Saints in early November. The Cardinals also brought in safety Christian Bryant on Wednesday, as they hope to bolster their secondary ahead of Week 17's tilt with the Rams.
Jefferson has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which will officially bring his breakout season to a close. Although he didn't record a tackle before departing Saturday's game in Seattle, he'll finish his fourth campaign with a career-high 96 tackles (78 solo), to which he tacked on five passes defended, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Expect Jefferson to be a hot commodity as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
The Canadian was signed as an undrafted rookie earlier in the offseason, but missed portions of the offseason while recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in 2015. However, he then suffered a lingering hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the majority of training camp. He had a solid chance of making the team had he stayed healthy, though, and will likely be given another opportunity to do so in 2017.
Within a backfield dominated by All-Pro David Johnson, Taylor was almost exclusively contained to special teams this season, earning just 11 snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson (groin), Andre Ellington, and Kerwynn Williams acted as change-of-pace options, depending on the health of the running backs behind David Johnson. Taylor may explore the upcoming free-agent market to learn if a backup RB role is possible elsewhere, but his proficiency as a special teamer may be enough for the four-year pro to remain with the only organization he's ever known.
The Cardinals' offense sputtered more this season than it did during Catanzaro's first two years, but the kicker didn't do himself many favors with occasional bouts of inaccuracy. After missing one field goal and one PAT in the first two games of the season, he proceeded to strike true all but two kicks (both field goals) across the next nine games, seemingly regaining his confidence as the weeks went by. However, he wasn't as precise over the next four outings, missing exactly one field goal in each one, while also hitting astray on three extra points. Catanzaro was able to gain some redemption in Arizona's Week 17 walloping of the Rams, netting successes on all eight attempts, including three field goals. Due to his status as a restricted free agent in the offseason, the Cardinals may opt to go in a different direction, but the more likely scenario is a prove-it deal for Catanzaro and the addition of competition to figure out their placekicker for next season.
Used sparingly down the stretch in 2015 due to Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL, Swearinger was brought back on a one-year deal in April to provide depth in a safety corps also populated by Tony Jefferson and free-agent pickup Tyvon Branch. The aforementioned trio sans Swearinger earned at least three starts within the first four games of this season, but Branch suffered a groin injury in Week 4 that resulted in a stay on injured reserve, thrusting the former into the starting lineup. Although Branch's return in Week 13 lasted just two games before aggravating the issue and landing back on IR, Swearinger remained a starter for the rest of the year due to Mathieu's slow recovery and midseason shoulder subluxation, allowing just one appearance for the All-Pro after Week 8 until his placement on IR on Dec. 23. Both Mathieu and Branch are locked up through at least 2017, so another significant snap count (78 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016) could come to pass for Swearinger if the Cardinals opt for the cheaper of their two unrestricted free-agent safeties (also, Jefferson).
Golden was unable to nail down a spot on the 53-man roster in the preseason, but as he did in the previous two campaigns, he was promoted from the practice squad, doing so prior to Week 5 on this occasion. As the year wore on and various parts of the roster continued to take hits, he variously made his presence felt in all three phases. Granted, he was only pressed into duty for one snap on defense, but on special teams he averaged 24.2 yards per kickoff return on a team-high 11 dalliances. Although the late-season cut of Michael Floyd may have cleared a path to a guaranteed role in 2017, Golden's future likely depends on Larry Fitzgerald's upcoming decision to stick around (or not), John Brown's health, and any additions at wideout in free agency and the draft.
Although Fitzgerald didn't shed light on his health often during the Cardinals' underwhelming campaign, he frequently received the oft-used "veteran rest day" in order to avoid undue physical stress during practice. In advance of the Super Bowl, though, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Fitzgerald "got beat up, was dealing with several nagging injuries" in 2016. Fitzgerald took time to make a decision on his future, which was seemingly tied to that of quarterback Carson Palmer. Upon opting to return as of Feb. 1, Palmer made a similar call last Thursday, ensuring the duo will suit up together for the fifth year in a row.
Near the end of the 2015 season, the Cardinals inked Bethel to a three-year, $15 million contract extension, seemingly with the knowledge that veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers was on the way out as a free agent. Both Powers and Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL) missed time down the stretch, forcing Bethel into the starting lineup in six of the last seven contests (including playoffs). With 38 tackles and one interception during that stretch, Bethel impressed enough to be penciled into the starting corner spot opposite Patrick Peterson in the offseason. However, Bethel's story took a turn for the worse with April foot surgery, which held him out of the offseason program, was aggravated in early July, and contained him to a special teams role once Week 1 arrived. As the secondary took hits on the injury front, Bethel earned three starts over the final eight games -- Weeks 10, 16, and 17 -- in which he tallied 17 tackles and the pick-six. If the starting CB for most of the year, Marcus Cooper, returns after dabbling in unrestricted free agency, Bethel will have competition for a starting gig on this occasion.
Rucker spent the bulk of last offseason recovering from ankle surgery, limiting the defensive end to one preseason appearance. He then kicked off the 2016 campaign with a sprained MCL, which forced DNPs from Weeks 2 through 4. Although he played out the rest of the schedule, he picked up just 28.3 percent of the Cardinals' defensive snaps and didn't record a sack for the first time since 2007. As he mentioned, Rucker's upcoming unrestricted free agency will be contingent upon his health.
The metronome of Mathieu's four-year career has been determined by his health, which has included a pair of season-ending ACL tears in 2013 and 2015. In the subsequent campaigns, he failed to uphold his standard from one year prior, though his stunted recovery from a shoulder subluxation afforded just two appearances after Week 8 in 2016. With his recovery from the latter injury complete, Mathieu will focus on beefing up the health of his right knee and aim for a resurgence in the fall.
When Carson Palmer missed time earlier this season due to a concussion, Dysert handled backup duties behind Drew Stanton. Dysert's elevation wasn't spurred by a known injury this time around, so perhaps another organization attempted to claim the fourth-year pro.
Moore has been a revelation since taking over for Deone Bucannon at dollar linebacker in Week 15, racking up 25 tackles (16 solo) and a pass defended over the past two games. If his ankle injury afflicts Moore at all, though, he may yield snaps to Zaviar Gooden at ILB.
In the Bruce Arians era, the Cardinals ranked in the top half of the NFL in sacks just one time in the first three seasons, boasting the sixth-most in 2013 with 47. With 35 and 36 in the subsequent two years, the front office was proactive last offseason, trading a 2016 second-round pick and disappointing guard Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots for Chandler Jones. The addition of Jones seemed to facilitate the development of Golden, who formed a fearsome pass-rushing combo with the Pro Bowler. Leading the league with 48 sacks this season, the Cardinals were one of two teams to roster a pair of double-digit sack artists -- also, divisional foe Seattle -- as Jones was right on Golden's tail with 11. Entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Jones is a prime candidate to receive the team's franchise tag next month, at the very least. Maintaining consistency along the defensive front should help foster Golden's overall development.
After an offseason in which he underwent ankle surgery, Peterson proved his health in the preseason, getting a few possessions under his belt in both of the first two games. Over the course of the campaign, his practice reps were occasionally impacted, most notably by a left knee injury from a Week 12 battle with Julio Jones. At this point in his career, Peterson is rarely picked on, as evidenced by 21 combined passes defended over the last three years. The lack of looks inhibit his annual interception total and thereby his IDP potential. No matter, he's a mainstay within the Cardinals' secondary, with no DNPs to date through six seasons.
Fullback Shaun Chapas and offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten were waived with injury designations. Baltimore also placed defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, guard Will Rackley and defensive end Brent Urban on injured reserve.
Humphries was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Florida.
Shipley started five of the 15 games he appeared in for the Colts in 2014, the only season he was with the team. Prior to joining Indianapolis, Shipley spent the 2013 season with the Ravens and started nine games at guard. Shipley also had a previous stint with the Colts in 2012.
Head coach Bruce Arians told Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site that Branch suffered a groin tear Sunday at Miami, marking the defensive back's second such injury of the season. The aggravation contained Branch to six appearances in his initial campaign with the team, which resulted in 28 tackles (25 solo) and four passes defended. He has one year remaining on his current contract.
Although he was unable to extend his touchdown streak to five games, Nelson still benefited as Carson Palmer's preferred target in Week 17, nearly doubling the seven afforded 2016 reception champ Larry Fitzgerald. Due to Nelson's own volume, it's no surprise that Palmer's sole interception came while aiming at the second-year speedster, but on the very next play, the Rams returned the favor courtesy of a trick play in which a Pharoh Cooper pass intended for Todd Gurley was picked off. As for the other 11 targets, Nelson's two longest connections set up the Cardinals within the five-yard line, resulting in short TD jaunts. Due to his current status as a burner, he may not post a gleaming catch rate until his repertoire is more balanced, but it's difficult to deny that the 34 receptions (on 74 targets) for 568 yards and six touchdowns he accrued this season isn't a positive sign for his future.
Palmer considered retirement after what he described as the most physically grueling season of his career. His numbers dipped from 2015 to 2016 but he was still an above average quarterback in what was his age-36 season. He'll look to rebound in 2017 from his 26 touchdown, 14 interception, and 14 fumble performance in 2016.
Penny made his mark during the preseason, riding a 113-yard, one-TD showing in the finale to final marks of 49 rushes for 195 yards. However, he was unable eke out a spot in a deep backfield populated by David Johnson, Chris Johnson (groin), Andre Ellington, and Stepfan Taylor. Aside from David Johnson and Kerwynn Williams, the latter trio will be unrestricted free agents once March arrives, forecasting vast changes to the RB depth chart. No matter how the Cardinals proceed in the coming months, Penny seems poised to make further inroads in the offseason program.
Iupati was able to log full practices on both Thursday and Friday, so it is no real surprise to see him suiting up for Sunday night's game despite his injured ankle. He should assume his regular position as the Cardinals' starting left guard.
Injuries slowly but surely whittled away at the Cardinals' offensive line this season, allowing Boggs to play in five of the last six games, including back-to-back starts before sustaining a shoulder injury Saturday at Seattle. In Boggs' stead, rookie Evan Boehm will start at right guard.
Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.
The Cardinals' presumptive No. 2 cornerback, Justin Bethel, entered training camp with an ailing foot and was unable to make inroads on the role. As the preseason unfolded, veteran Mike Jenkins (knee) and rookie Brandon Williams variously attempted to land the gig, but management eventually brought in Cooper via trade from the Chiefs as a last-ditch effort on Sept. 2. Cooper paid immediate dividends, as he tallied a pair of interceptions, including the touchdown return, in Week 2 during a demolition of the Buccaneers. Working opposite Patrick Peterson continued to pay dividends in terms of opportunity, and despite sitting out the penultimate game of the season due to a back injury, Cooper finished as Arizona's fourth-leading tackler. An unrestricted free agent come March, Cooper will likely garner interest on the open market, but for the right price he's a decent bet to land back in the desert.
Bundy signed with the team in June. He was projected as the ninth receiver on the Cardinals depth chart, so this move is not surprising.
In Weeks 2 through 4, Fells led the TE group in Arizona in terms of offensive snaps. However, a stringer in the latter contest sidelined Fells with a Thursday outing on tap, allowing Jermaine Gresham to stake a claim to the starting spot. Gresham received a plurality of the workload thereafter, deviating below 77 percent of the snaps on offense just once over the final 12 contests of the year. Considering Fells' age (he turns 31 years old in April) and Gresham's pass-catching acumen, the Cardinals may carry on with the latter as the No. 1 tight end, despite his status as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Fells is a restricted free agent himself, but a tandem of Gresham and 2014 second-round selection Troy Niklas (wrist) could very well be the breakdown at the top of the group in 2017.
The NFL's protocol for head injuries exists to protect players from returning too soon, and without clearance from an independent neurologist -- let alone an appearance in practice this week -- Palmer won't make the trip to the Bay Area. Consequently, Stanton will handle quarterback duties for the Cardinals in Week 5, as he did in eight starts during the 2014 campaign. Stanton didn't exactly prosper, though, completing 55 percent of his passes, averaging 203 yards per game, and recording a 6:5 TD:INT ratio.
When a team's backfield is populated by a dynamo like David Johnson, touches are difficult to mine, especially with Chris Johnson receiving mop-up duty in his stead. Even when the latter was lost for the season following sports hernia surgery in early October, Ellington was merely a change-of-pace option, with the younger Johnson more often than not gobbling up all the carries on a weekly basis. Head coach Bruce Arians extended Ellington an olive branch in the form of kick-return duty, but the RB didn't make his presence felt in that realm after Week 10. The final nail in the coffin for Ellington's time with the Cardinals was likely the emergence of Kerwynn Williams, who averaged 8.7 YPC over the final four games of the campaign. As an unrestricted free agent once March rolls around, Ellington may have packed up his locker in Arizona for the final time.
Although he was active in each of the Cardinals' last 10 contests, Williams only received touches over the last four, during which he displayed plenty of explosiveness. Particularly noteworthy was a 49-yard TD dash in Week 15 sans one of his shoes, but he was able to ditch a change-of-pace role in the season finale after David Johnson suffered a nasty knee injury. Acting as the top RB over Andre Ellington for the final three quarters, Williams made sure the Rams respected the ground game with 12 rushes for 60 yards and his other score of the campaign. During his three-year stint in Arizona, Williams has surely impressed in his brief showings, averaging 5.6 YPC and reeling off four runs of 20-plus yards among his 98 carries. Both Ellington and Chris Johnson (groin) enter the offseason as unrestricted free agents, meaning general manager Steve Keim may opt for the cheap and younger option (Williams) as the primary backup to the All-Pro that is David Johnson.
An unsightly knee injury resulted in an abbreviated season finale for Johnson. Fortunately for the running back, he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL, which was expected to require a 6-to-8 week recovery effort. Now in the stretch run, he posted a short video of himself jumping out of a pool last Wednesday, revealing that he's nearly 100 percent. Expect Johnson to embark soon on his preparation for a repeat of his breakout 2016 campaign.
Fua dealt with a knee injury during the early portion of the preseason, but may have suffered a setback resulting in his Injured Reserve designation. The Cardinals signed Joplo Bartu to provide additional depth at inside linebacker with the open roster spot.
The NFL has entered the two-week stretch in which organizations can utilize both the franchise and transition tags, but decisions must be made by 4 PM ET on March 1. If the Cardinals make such a call, as expected, the two sides will have until July 15 to reach agreement on a multi-year contract. If terms aren't reached, though, Jones will play under a salary in excess of $15 million next season. No matter what comes to pass, he's slated to form a formidable pass-rushing duo with Markus Golden, who both reached double-digit sacks in 2016.
The former undrafted free agent has been with the Broncos for three years. Since being signed, he's played on every punt, field goal and extra point snap.
With a pair of viable pass-rushers along for the ride this season -- Chandler Jones and Markus Golden -- Campbell had more room to wreak havoc this season. Although he only set a career high in terms of fumble recoveries, Campbell scooped up one of them and scored the first touchdown of his career from 53 yards out in Week 15 against the Saints. The 30-year-old's resulting 2016 grade on Pro Football Focus was 90.4, which ranked second among interior defenders behind the Rams' Aaron Donald (95.6). Due to the resurgent campaign, Campbell's upcoming price as an unrestricted free agent may be too much for the Cardinals to keep him in the fold with tough decisions to be made elsewhere on the roster.
Both players came into the game listed as probable, and were always expected to play. Fitzgerald is battling a knee injury. Mathieu has a thumb issue.
The team's only questionable player, Jaron Brown, is also active. He's dealing with a toe injury.
Blanked in four separate contests, including the season finale, Gresham nonetheless hearkened back to the first five years of his career with the Bengals. In fact, if one prorates the outings in which he recorded a reception to a 16-game slate, he would have accounted for 49 catches, 521 yards, and 2.7 touchdowns. After a nondescript first season in the desert -- 18/223/1 in 15 games -- he garnered interest from a number of organizations last offseason but returned to the Cardinals on a team-friendly one-year, $3 million contract. The recent production will more than likely drive up his market, and with 19 unrestricted free agents to deal with in the coming months, Gresham may have to settle for different climes if the price isn't right in Arizona.
The Lions added Gooden last week due to several injuries among their linebackers. The team likely feels confident with their health at the position going forward, which explains their decision to waive Gooden.
Wile was signed a week ago to fill in for the injured Matt Bosher, who now appears to be healed from a hamstring injury. He averaged 58.0 yards per punt in his performance Sunday.
Momah saw each of his last two seasons cut short due to injury. A torn ACL in 2015 and a broken wrist in 2016 led to two straight years on IR. His contract with Arizona runs through 2018 and he'll have a chance to earn a role as one of the team's top tight end options. He's expected to be a full go in time for spring practices after being shut down for the season back in November.
After Brown was diagnosed in Week 7, he was missing in action within the Cardinals' offense, surpassing 30 yards receiving in only two of nine contests. For a burner like Brown, his 55.6 percent catch rate (15 receptions on 27 targets) during that stretch wasn't unexpected, but issues with fatigue conspired to inhibit his varied skill set. If an answer to his health woes has been found, he'd be the obvious candidate for third option in the mind of Carson Palmer behind Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. In such a scenario -- and assuming no additions on the receiving front in the offseason -- Brown could hearken back to his first two campaigns, when he hauled in 12 touchdowns and racked up 1,699 yards on 204 targets.
Bryant was with the Cardinals earlier in November, but only played in two games before being released by the team. Most recently, he's been working with the Giants' practice squad, but due to his familiarity with the Cardinals' playbook, they'll bring him back to their active roster and he could see some time Sunday against the Rams considering Arizona is already out of the playoff hunt.
Among players placed on injured reserve, each team can designate just one for activation, and the Cardinals have made their choice due to need. With David Johnson regularly churning out 100 yards from scrimmage on a weekly basis, the elder Johnson would merely be an accessory, while Branch would bolster the back end of the defense. An unrestricted free agent in the offseason, Chris Johnson may have played his last down with the Cardinals.
Due to uncertainty at wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald to start the campaign, Brown was able to make inroads in the offense, receiving between two and six targets in each of the Cardinals' first six games. Brown's eleven receptions went for a clip of 17.0 YPC, and he even reached the end zone during a Week 2 demolition of the Buccaneers. The decision to play on an ailing knee eventually reared its head in Week 7, when he was lost for the season due to a torn ACL. After re-signing with Arizona, he'll provide insurance in the event that unrestricted free-agent wideout Michael Floyd is allowed to walk in the offseason.
A second-round selection of the Patriots in 2013, Dobson's career has floundered, to say the least, as he was active just once this season (with the Lions in Week 4). Although he has 53 career catches, his last one occurred in Week 11 of the 2015 campaign. He'll be afforded an opportunity within a Cardinals receiving corps that is in some flux due the jettisoning of Michael Floyd and potential for Larry Fitzgerald to call it a career.
Nkemdiche hurt his ankle in practice on Thursday. The details of which remain unclear. With the Cardinals out of the playoffs, the Ole Miss product will look to return to full health in advance of his second professional campaign.
Mauro was slated to be a restricted-free-agent this offseason but inked a new deal keeping him in desert through at least the 2018 season. In 15 games this season, the defensive tackle recorded a career-best 42 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss. At 25 years old, Mauro will head into next season as the likely right defensive end starter.
Each team is able to activate one player from injured reserve under new league rules, so Niklas could make a return as early as late November. However, he wasn't making inroads on starting tight end Darren Fells and recorded precisely no yards on his sole catch this season. In a corresponding move, Ifeanyi Momah was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.