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Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st119.8 (8th)288.5 (2nd)
Defense5th91.2 (5th)230.4 (8th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
58Babin, Jason DE6-32675/24/198012Western Michigan
9Barkley, Matt QB6-22279/8/19903USC
28Bethel, Justin CB6-02006/17/19904Presbyterian
12Brown, John WR5-111794/3/19902Pittsburg State
13Brown, Jaron WR6-22051/8/19903Clemson
71Bryant, Red DT6-43234/18/19848Texas A&M
20Bucannon, Deone OLB6-12118/30/19922Washington State
2Butler, Drew P6-12175/10/19893Georgia
93Campbell, Calais DE6-83009/1/19868Miami (Fla.)
7Catanzaro, Chandler K6-32002/26/19912Clemson
29Clemons, Chris DB6-12159/15/19857Clemson
61Cooper, Jonathan G6-23111/19/19903North Carolina
38Ellington, Andre RB5-91992/3/19893Clemson
85Fells, Darren TE6-72814/22/19862California-Irvine
11Fitzgerald, Larry WR6-32188/31/198312Pittsburgh
15Floyd, Michael WR6-222011/27/19894Notre Dame
54Freeney, Dwight LB6-12682/19/198014Syracuse
59Fua, Alani OLB6-52341/1/1992RBrigham Young
10Golden, Brittan WR5-111867/20/19882West Texas A&M
44Golden, Markus OLB6-22603/13/1991RMissouri
84Gresham, Jermaine TE6-52606/16/19886Oklahoma
95Gunter, Rodney NT6-53051/19/1992RDelaware State
74Humphries, D.J. T6-530712/28/1993RFlorida
76Iupati, Mike G6-53315/12/19876Idaho
22Jefferson, Tony SS5-112121/27/19923Oklahoma
31Johnson, David RB6-122412/16/1991RNorthern Iowa
26Johnson, Rashad FS5-112041/2/19867Alabama
23Johnson, Chris RB5-112039/23/19858East Carolina
62Larsen, Ted G6-23056/13/19876North Carolina State
82Leach, Mike LS6-223510/18/197616William & Mary
50Martin, Gabe LB6-22366/5/1992RBowling Green State
96Martin, Kareem LB6-62722/19/19922North Carolina
70Massie, Bobby T6-63168/1/19894Mississippi
97Mauro, Josh NT6-62822/17/19912Stanford
51Minter, Kevin MLB6-024612/3/19903Louisiana State
14Nelson, J.J. WR5-101604/24/1992RAlabama-Birmingham
87Niklas, Troy TE6-62709/18/19922Notre Dame
57Okafor, Alex OLB6-42612/8/19913Texas
3Palmer, Carson QB6-523512/27/197913USC
21Peterson, Patrick CB6-12197/11/19905Louisiana State
 Powell, Damond WR5-1118010/31/1992RIowa
25Powers, Jerraud CB5-101877/19/19877Auburn
47Riddick, Shaquille LB6-62603/12/1993RWest Virginia
92Rucker, Frostee DE6-32809/14/198310USC
63Sendlein, Lyle C6-33083/16/19849Texas
53Shipley, A.Q. C6-13075/22/19864Penn State
79Sowell, Bradley T6-73156/6/19894Mississippi
5Stanton, Drew QB6-32435/7/19849Michigan State
91Stinson, Ed DE6-42872/15/19902Alabama
36Swearinger, D.J. DB5-102089/1/19913South Carolina
30Taylor, Stepfan RB5-92166/9/19913Stanford
68Veldheer, Jared T6-83216/14/19876Hillsdale
55Weatherspoon, Sean LB6-224412/29/19876Missouri
27White, Corey DB6-12105/9/19904Samford
33Williams, Kerwynn RB5-81986/9/19912Utah State
94Williams, Xavier DT6-23091/18/1992RNorthern Iowa
Injured Players
83Christian, Gerald (IR) TE6-32508/26/1991RLouisville
54Demens, Kenny (IR) ILB6-12422/4/19902Michigan
79Fullington, John (IR) G6-53005/30/19911Washington State
32Mathieu, Tyrann (IR) FS5-91865/13/19923Louisiana State
80Momah, Ifeanyi (IR) TE6-725510/23/19891Boston College
34Person, Brandon (IR) DB6-02208/9/1991RTiffin University
98Peters, Corey (IR) DT6-33056/8/19886Kentucky
90Redding, Cory (IR) DE6-431811/15/198013Texas
94Wagenmann, Zack (IR) LB6-32508/8/1992RMontana
78Watford, Earl (IR) T6-33006/24/19903James Madison
56Woodley, LaMarr (IR) OLB6-226511/3/19849Michigan
Practice Squad
 Byndom, Carrington DB6-01807/7/19921Texas
 Eskridge, Durell FS6-320712/17/1991RSyracuse
 Grice, Marion RB6-02084/10/19912Arizona State
 Hughes, Robert RB5-112356/21/19893Notre Dame
60McClain, Antoine G6-533612/6/19892Clemson
 Nealy, Quayshawn LB6-02378/5/1991RGeorgia Tech
 Pierre, Olsen DE6-42938/27/1991RMiami (Fla.)
16Shipley, Jaxon WR6-01907/17/1992RTexas
 Wetzel, John T6-73287/18/19911Boston College
 White, Kevin CB5-101747/15/1992RTexas Christian
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Arizona6-4311.86-4297.626.72239
 
 
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Position Listing
Quayshawn Nealy
No Updates
Lyle Sendlein
News
The Cardinals signed free agent center Lyle Sendlein on Friday, per ESPN

Sendlein played for the Cardinals for the last eight years, but he was released in March. 

Coach Bruce Arians said that Sendlein won't compete for the starting job. "It's just another guy in competition," he said. "He's coming in to compete for the job. We'll always look for the best available guys to add to the group."

Kevin White
No Updates
Corey Peters
News
Cardinals defensive lineman Corey Peters suffered a torn left Achilles and will miss the 2015 season, coach Bruce Arians said Thursday.

Peters, who inked a three-year deal in the offseason, was slated to start at nose tackle. In his first five seasons -- all with the Falcons -- he totaled 146 tackles and 11 sacks.

Injury
Achilles - IR. Out for season
Gabe Martin
No Updates
Olsen Pierre
No Updates
Rodney Gunter
News
The Cardinals signed two draft picks on Wednesday, the team announced

Second-rounder linebacker Markus Golden and fourth-round defensive end Rodney Gunter both signed contracts with the team.  

Durell Eskridge
News
The Jets lost three players to concussions and three others to an assortment of injuries in Friday's preseason game against Atlanta, per ESPN.

Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, safety Durell Eskridge and running back Daryl Richardson all left with concussions.

Offensive tackle Ben Ijalana left the game with a knee injury. Shaq Evans sprained his back, and Sashaun Phillips hurt his ribs.

Shaquille Riddick
News
Cardinals draft pick Shaquille Riddick sat out Monday's practice with a sore hamstring. 

Riddick has missed at least one practice each of the last three weeks with the nagging injury, and coach Bruce Arians is losing patience. 

“You can’t make any progress sitting over there in the training room,” Arians said, per ESPN

Kevin Minter
News
Minter notched seven tackles (five solo) and a half sack in Sunday's win in San Francisco.

With the effort, Minter sidled into third on the Cardinals with 68 tackles, ensuring that LSU products occupy two of the top three spots (also, Tyrann Mathieu). Considering he's logged 93 percent of the defensive snaps this season, Minter should continue to gather stops with regularity, though his production elsewhere (one forced fumble and the half sack) don't lend itself to IDP ownership.

Zack Wagenmann
Injury
Foot - IR. Out for season
Carrington Byndom
News
A quartet of injured Panthers have landed on their inactive list for the Sunday game against the Browns. Among them are running back DeAngelo Williams (hand), cornerback Carrington Byndom (hamstring), linebacker A.J. Klein (knee) and guard Amini Silatolu (knee).

The healthy scratches are safety Robert Lester, defensive tackle Kyle Love and offensive tackle David Foucault.

Brandon Person
News
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced Monday safety Brandon Person will miss the 2015 season after suffering a torn ACL in the preseason opener against the Chiefs.
Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Deone Bucannon
News
Bucannon wrangled a team-high nine tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

Among the Cardinals' leading tacklers on a weekly basis, Bucannon predictably posted a team-best 112 tackles (93 solo) by the end of the regular season, though Tyrann Mathieu had been giving him a run for his money until suffering a torn ACL in Week 15. Speaking of money, Bucannon has taken to his hybrid role at $-linebacker -- or safety/inside linebacker -- surpassing the output in every relevant category from a respectable rookie season in 2014.

Ted Larsen
News
Cardinals offensive lineman Mike Iupati (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

After undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 20, Iupati will wait another week to make his Cardinals debut. In his place, Ted Larsen will again start at left guard.

Tony Jefferson
News
Jefferson totaled eight tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's defeat to the Seahawks.

The combined absence of Rashad Johnson in Weeks 15 and 16 due to an ankle injury, and Tyrann Mathieu's ACL tear in Week 15, has thrust Jefferson into a starring role in the Cardinals' secondary. After earning 65 percent of the team's defensive snaps through Week 14, Jefferson didn't miss a snap thereafter, while racking up 20 tackles (14 solo). When the Cardinals kick off the postseason on Jan. 16, Jefferson will again be manning free safety next to Johnson.

Stepfan Taylor
News
Taylor posted 17 carries for 58 yards and one reception (on three targets) for four yards during the 2015 campaign.

Taylor was again lost in the shuffle for much of the season behind Chris Johnson (tibia), Andre Ellington, and David Johnson. When Chris Johnson and Ellington required time off stemming from injuries in Week 12, Taylor worked behind David Johnson but still contended with Kerwynn Williams for touches. Although Taylor has one year remaining on his rookie deal, both Ellington and David Johnson are under contract, ensuring continued roadblocks to relevance.

Gerald Christian
News
The Cardinals announced on Monday that they have signed third-round draft pick David Johnson and seventh-round selection Gerald Christian .

Johnson was able to gain recognition for his on-field talents despite playing college football at Northern Iowa. He was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2013 and 2014 while running for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. 

Christian was a third-team all-ACC tight end at Louisvile in 2014. 

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Red Bryant
News
Defensive tackle Red Bryant was cut by the Jaguars on Thursday, according to the Florida Times-Union. He was due a $500,000 roster bonus on Sunday had the team retained him. The Jaguars cleared up $4.5 million in cap space with the move.

Bryant started all 16 games last season amassing 22 total tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. The 30-year-old was expendable after the Jaguars signed Jared Odrick, formerly of the Dolphins, in free agency.

Chandler Catanzaro
News
Catanzaro hit his only point-after attempt during Sunday's demolition in the NFC championship game at Carolina.

Finishing the regular season as the NFL's third-leading scorer, Catanzaro secured 28 of 31 field goal tries and 53 of 58 from the new extra-point distance en route to 137 points. When the opposition quelled the offense, he was still afforded plenty of field goals -- see Week 4 against the Rams and Week 6 at Pittsburgh -- but his opportunities dwindled starting in the season finale. Over the last three games, he netted two of three field goals and three of four extra points for a mere 12 points. While the Cardinals may not uphold this season's standard in 2016, Catanzaro should again augment one of the league's most-balanced offenses.

D.J. Swearinger
News
The Cardinals promoted Swearinger from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Tuesday.

With the Cardinals staring down a Thursday night showdown against the Vikings, the safety corps hasn't been intact at practice this week. While Rashad Johnson (ankle) was limited both Monday and Tuesday, Tony Jefferson sat out Monday due to a hamstring injury, before returning in a limited capacity one day later. Even if the duo suits up Thursday, Swearinger will provide support to the secondary and may even log a decent number of snaps.

Brittan Golden
News
Golden recorded one catch for five yards during the 2015 season.

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 4 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 Cardinals don't retain restricted free agent Jaron Brown.

Larry Fitzgerald
News
Fitzgerald reeled in four of seven targets for 30 yards in Sunday's NFC championship loss to the Panthers.

Fitzgerald enjoyed a renaissance in 2015, the beneficiary of Bruce Arians' play calling and Carson Palmer's quarterback play. The latter soured to end the season, and Fitzgerald's production went south. Still, the 32-year-old receiver set a career high in catches in 2015, was targeted at least five times in every game and caught at least five passes in 14 of 18 contests. Provided Palmer is able to shake a bad end to this season, Fitzgerald should hold a ton of value as his favorite target heading into 2016.

Justin Bethel
News
Bethel posted seven tackles (six solo) and one pass defended in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

Bethel stepped into the nickel corner role after Tyrann Mathieu (ACL tear) was lost for the season in Week 15, picking up a combined 15 tackles and one interception over the season's final two games. With Patrick Peterson and Jerraud Powers manning cornerback, expect Bethel to sustain his recent usage, or 79 percent of the defensive snaps, but tackle chances should still abound.

Frostee Rucker
News
The Cardinals have signed veteran defensive lineman Frostee Rucker to a one-year extension, per NFL.com Insider Ian Rapoport.

Rucker, who is entering his third season with Arizona, has played in all but one game over the last four years. He started eight last season and contributed a career-high five sacks.

Tyrann Mathieu
News
The Cardinals will consider a contract extension for Mathieu during the offseason, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.

For the second time in his three-year career, Mathieu's season came to a close due to a torn ACL, but not before he proved himself to be one of the NFL's top safeties. In just 14 games, he was among the Cardinals' leading tacklers with 89 on the ledger, which he supplemented with five interceptions (including one pick-six), one sack, and one forced fumble. While it's arguable to invest too much in a player coming off serious knee injuries, medical science has made leaps and bounds in recent years, meaning teams have less to worry about in such scenarios.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Markus Golden
News
Golden recorded a strip sack among four tackles (three solo) in Sunday's victory at Philadelphia.

Golden had a hand in one of the Cardinals' four forced turnovers, causing Sam Bradford to fumble on a dropback mid-way through the third quarter. The ball was recovered by defensive end Frostee Rucker, but the play marked Golden's second of the season (he did the same to Andy Dalton during a Week 11 win). Golden's pass-rushing chops have really come to the fore of late, as 2.5 of the rookie's 3.5 sacks have occurred over the last five games.

John Fullington
News
A left knee injury sustained during practice Wednesday has caused guard John Fullington to lose his job with the Cardinals. He has been waived/injured.

Fullington was signed to the team's practice squad last December.

Injury
Patrick Peterson
News
Peterson (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Peterson was listed as questionable after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday. He said all along that he expected to play, and there's been no indication that he might be limited during Sunday's game. Peterson may be in for a quiet night, as the Eagles don't distribute many targets to their outside receivers.

John Wetzel
News
The Cowboys signed defensive back Jemea Thomas and offensive tackle John Wetzel to the practice squad Tuesday.
D.J. Humphries
News
The Cardinals signed their last remaining unsigned draft pick on Monday. The team signed offensive lineman D.J. Humphries to a four-year, $8.9 million deal, with a $4.74 million bonus, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Humphries was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Florida. 

A.Q. Shipley
News
The Cardinals announced that they've signed center A.Q. Shipley to a two-year contract on Wednesday. 

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. 

J.J. Nelson
News
Nelson notched two catches (on three targets) for 25 yards during Sunday's NFC championship game defeat at Carolina.

Nelson's status as a burner makes him redundant in a Cardinals passing attack that boasts John Brown, but the UAB product had his moments as a rookie. In particular, Nelson made his presence felt in Week 8 with Michael Floyd out of the lineup, corralling a 64-yard touchdown en route to a four-catch, 142-yard outburst in Cleveland. The performance accounted for most of the output during his first professional campaign -- 11 receptions (on 27 targets) for 299 yards and two TDs -- though he'll hard-pressed to produce much more with Brown, Floyd, and Larry Fitzgerald all under contract in 2016.

Carson Palmer
News
Palmer won't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, citing his right hand, The Arizona Republic reports. On Monday, he said, "I'm going to let my hand heal up."

Elected to the initial Pro Bowl roster after setting career highs with 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, Palmer sputtered down the stretch, with a combined eight interceptions over the Cardinals' final four contests, including four in Sunday's NFC championship game defeat at Carolina. There was a belief that a dislocated right index finger suffered in Week 15 may have been the culprit, but the quarterback and head coach Bruce Arians repeatedly denied the ailment as the source of any perceived woes. With two seasons remaining on his current contract, Palmer will team with Arians to direct the Cardinals' aerial assault for the foreseeable future. However, it's difficult to predict how long the 36-year-old signal caller can keep up the pace.

Damond Powell
News
The Cardinals have placed wide receiver Damond Powell on the waivers/Non-Football Injury (NFI) list, according to Fox Sports 910.

Powell, who played at Iowa, was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Injury
Face - NFI. Out indefinitely
Mike Iupati
News
Cardinals offensive guard Mike Iupati (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Rams, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Making his Cardinals debut, Iupati will enter the starting lineup at left guard. The return of arguably the most adept run blocker on the team should help sustain, and perhaps even augment, the league's 13th-ranked offense on the ground entering Week 4.

Cory Redding
News
The Cardinals announced that they've signed defensive end Cory Redding to a two-year contract on Wednesday. 

Redding, 34, spent the past three seasons with the Colts and tallied 3 1/2 sacks in 2014. Redding started his career in Detroit after being selected in the third round of the 2003 draft. He spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Ravens. 

Injury
Ankle - IR. Out for season
Kareem Martin
News
What was rumored is now official. The Cardinals are moving Kareem Martin from defensive end to outside linebacker despite his 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame, per CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan.

Martin started two of the 11 games in which he played last season. He contributed eight tackles and one sack.

Earl Watford
News
The Cardinals declared guard Earl Watford, tight end Darren Fells, linebackers Desmond Bishop (hamstring) and Glenn Carson, defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe), defensive end Josh Mauro and running back Kerwynn Williams inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Injury
Jonathan Cooper
News
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said guard Jonathan Cooper will move from left guard to right guard, per ESPN.

"It’s no reflection on Coop in terms of disappointment," Keim told reporters at the NFL meetings on Monday.

The Cardinals recently signed former 49ers guard Mike Iupati in free agency, thus moving Cooper to the right side.

Cooper, 25, was a first-round selection by the team in 2014. He started two of the 10 games that he played in last season.

Kenny Demens
News
The Cardinals have listed the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 15 matchup with the Rams: safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), guards Paul Fanaika (ankle) and Anthony Steen, defensive ends Josh Mauro and Kareem Martin, defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu and linebacker Kenny Demens.

Mathieu and Fanaika had been previously ruled out, while the team's other players on the final injury report are all active.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Darren Fells
News
Fells signed an exclusive rights tender with the Cardinals on Monday.

Fells' signing will keep him with the Cardinals, for whom he led tight ends with 21 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season. The former basketball player also caught a touchdown in Arizona's NFC Championship Game loss. Despite his development this past season, Fells' fantasy upside is somewhat limited by the Cardinals' crowded cast of pass-catchers, yet it'll be interesting to see if he takes another step in his unconventional career next term.

Drew Stanton
News
Stanton was 8-for-18 passing for a season-high 84 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

Because Carson Palmer remained upright this season, Stanton was barely utilized, throwing a combined seven passes and recording numerous kneel downs in six outings prior to the season finale. However, Stanton made a surprise appearance on the Cardinals' first drive after halftime, and head coach Bruce Arians revealed that an exchange of Palmer for Stanton was the plan all along in a postgame press conference. This matchup with the Seahawks didn't include numerous fist pumps and a rockette-esque kick from Stanton, as the Cardinals' offense sputtered to a measly 110 yards, two punts, and a pair of picks with the nine-year veteran under center. After two weeks to prepare for a divisional round contest, Palmer will usurp Stanton when the Cardinals next take the field on Jan. 16.

Andre Ellington
News
Ellington finished the 2015 season with 45 carries for 289 yards and three touchdowns, which he supplemented with 15 receptions (on 24 targets) for 148 yards across 10 games.

After enduring multiple ailments in 2014, Ellington was named the Cardinals' starting running back in advance of Week 1, but injury woes in the form of a PCL sprain immediately took hold, requiring three consecutive absences. The No. 1 gig was ably filled by Chris Johnson (tibia) for the next 10 games before both backs were knocked out with respective injuries (and Johnson for the rest of the season). Taking advantage of the void was rookie David Johnson, who stated his case as the team's every-down, all-purpose back of the future. Upon his second return in Week 16, Ellington made brief appearances through the end of Arizona's playoff run in the NFC championship game. However, he accumulated just 13 runs for 45 yards and two catches (on five targets) for 12 yards in four outings as the younger Johnson's primary backup. Considering his bloated medical chart, Ellington's ceiling may rest as a change-of-pace option, especially if Chris Johnson or another viable back joins the fray in the offseason.

Kerwynn Williams
News
Williams amassed 27 rushes for 142 yards and one touchdown during the 2015 campaign.

Williams spent much of the campaign on the Cardinals' practice squad, but his elevation to the 53-man roster on Dec. 1 was precipitated by injuries to both Chris Johnson (tibia) and Andre Ellington in Week 12. From Weeks 13 through 16, Williams worked as David Johnson's primary backup, notching all but three of his rushing yards on the season. Across six appearances total, Williams also recorded two catches (on two targets) for 16 yards, while taking eight kickoffs for 126 yards (or 15.8 yards per return). With one year remaining on his contract, expect him to stick around as a depth option, though the backfield is now the domain of David Johnson.

David Johnson
News
Johnson caught all nine of his targets for 68 yards and added 60 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in Sunday's NFC championship loss to the Panthers.

Johnson got Arizona on the board midway through the second quarter with a one-yard touchdown plunge and served as a security blanket for a rattled Carson Palmer all game. Johnson bursted onto the scene due to an injury to Chris Johnson and made the most of his opportunities, outscoring the elder Johnson on the ground eight to three despite having 71 fewer carries. The rookie also proved to be a far better receiver, snagging at least three passes in each of his last six games of the season. Expect his versatility to make him a hot commodity come next season.

Drew Butler
News
The Cardinals placed punter Dave Zastudil (groin) on injured reserve and promoted punter Drew Butler from the practice squad. Arizona also re-signed linebacker Marcus Benard and added quarterback Dennis Dixon to the practice squad.
LaMarr Woodley
News
Woodley was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a chest injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Under general manager Steve Keim, the Cardinals have taken chances on veterans with team-friendly one-year contracts, producing resurgent seasons for Karlos Dansby and Antonio Cromartie in the past. Woodley was another player in that vein, but despite starting at weak-side linebacker, he only recorded 10 tackles and one sack on 42 percent of the defensive snaps. With his season over, Dwight Freeney and Markus Golden will pick up the slack on the outside.

Injury
Alani Fua
No Updates
Xavier Williams
No Updates
Matt Barkley
News
The Eagles traded quarterback Matt Barkley to the Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round pick, ESPN reports. Barkley has appeared in four games in his career and has four interceptions with no touchdowns.
Rashad Johnson
News
Johnson managed three tackles (two solo) during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

Making his first appearance since Week 14, Johnson logged only 39 of 72 defensive snaps, which suggests that he may still be tending to an injured ankle. The Cardinals have a bye week at their disposal to recover before taking the field in the divisional round on Jan. 16. At that point, Johnson should be able to handle a full workload at strong safety, though newcomer D.J. Swearinger will be around to fill in any cracks on the back end of the defense.

Calais Campbell
News
Campbell notched six tackles (five solo) and 2.5 sacks in Sunday's win over the Packers.

Campbell had 2.5 sacks coming into Sunday's game, and he doubled that total by adding another 2.5 sacks on a day where the Cardinals recorded eight sacks as a team. He now has five on the year to go along with 59 tackles, and he should be an important piece for the Cardinals' defense moving forward. Campbell is good for a big game like this every once in awhile, but his overall value as an IDP is still fairly limited.

Michael Floyd
News
Floyd nabbed three of eight targets for 37 yards in Sunday's NFC championship loss to Carolina.

Floyd was hampered by injuries for much of the season, but was still able to come on strong during the season's second half, putting together five 100-yard games between Weeks 9 and 16. Fantasy owners have been waiting for the young receiver to take the next step in his evolution after consistently good-but-not-great seasons in recent years. If he manages to stay healthy, Floyd has given plenty of reasons why he could break out in 2016, a contract year.

Ed Stinson
News
The Cardinals placed defensive end Ed Stinson (toe) on injured reserve and promoted wideout Brittan Golden from the practice squad, the team announced.
Sean Weatherspoon
News
Cardinals linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is listed as inactive Sunday at Detroit.

Active in the first four games of the season, Weatherspoon earned only 39 total snaps in the first three, before residing on the sideline for the entirety of last Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Robert Hughes
News
Cardinals running backs Kerwynn Williams, Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice and Robert Hughes could do little to nothing in Arizona's 27-16 loss to the Panthers Saturday. Arizona's running backs had 15 carries for 27 yards and one touchdown in defeat.

Grice had just one carry for one yard and a touchdown. It was initally called a fumble on the field, with the ball popping out as Grice stretched for the end zone. However, it was overturned and called a touchdown.

The Cardinals have been unable to get anything going on the ground the past few weeks, averaging 1.86 yards per carry in Arizona's last two outings.

Corey White
News
White was released by the Cowboys on Tuesday, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

A fifth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, White had just four tackles in seven appearances for the Cowboys this season. He does have 20 career starts to his name, largely because he spent the first three years of his career with Saints teams that were sorely thin in the secondary.

Jared Veldheer
News
The Cardinals will have both Larry Fitzgerald and Tyrann Mathieu Week 16 against the Seahawks.

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 will also have Lorenzo Alexander, Calais Campbell, Paul Fanaika, Larry Foote, Jared Veldheer and Kerwynn Williams for the contest. All six players were listed as probable.

The team's only questionable player, Jaron Brown, is also active. He's dealing with a toe injury.

Jermaine Gresham
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Gresham totaled 18 receptions (on 32 targets) for 223 yards and one touchdown in 15 games during the 2015 campaign.

On the surface, the signing of Gresham at the outset of training camp appeared to be a perfect match due to the Cardinals' need at tight end and his previous relationship with Carson Palmer in Cincinnati. Gresham's initial practice was delayed, though, due to offseason surgery to repair a herniated disc, and multiple injuries served to quell his snap count, resulting in just 54 percent of the offensive snaps. The preceding allowed Darren Fells to lead the way at the position in every category but targets, which may be enough to allow Gresham to walk as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Jason Babin
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Ravens linebacker Jason Babin was released by the Ravens on Tuesday.

The Ravens were desperate for help at outside linebacker after Terrell Suggs (Achilles) suffered a season-ending injury, but Babin ultimately just made things worse, with his primary impact coming via careless penalties. Given how poorly he played, the 35-year-old Babin might not get another shot in the NFL.

Chris Clemons
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The Cardinals have deemed the following players as inactive for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Panthers: Drew Stanton, Brittan Golden , Chris Clemons , Jonathan Cooper, Alameda Ta'amu, Anthony Steen , and Kareem Martin.

Cooper has missed the past two games for Arizona with a wrist injury.

The Cardinals are 5 1/2-point underdogs for Saturday's game.

Mike Leach
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All the Cardinals listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Rams are active. They include cornerback Javier Arenas, running back Andre Ellington, tight end D.C. Jefferson and tight end Mike Leach.
Antoine McClain
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The Bills trimmed their active roster down to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: LB Xavius Boyd, DT Landon Cohen, TE Dominique Jones, CB Kamaal McIlwain, CB Sam Miller, P Brian Moorman, QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Jared Wheeler, QB Jeff Tuel, S Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR T.J. Graham, WR Caleb Holley, DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, S Kenny Ladler, C Doug Legursky and G Antoine McClain.
Dwight Freeney
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Freeney (knee) tallied another sack during Sunday's defeat to the Seahawks.

Upon his arrival in Week 6, Freeney has bolstered the Cardinals' pass rush, notching eight sacks among nine tackles in 11 games. He was again contained to just 21 of the 72 defensive snaps in the season finale, which lines up with his usage to date in a situational role.

Ifeanyi Momah
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Cardinals tight end Ifeanyi Momah , who earned one of the final spots on the team, tore his meniscus Wednesday and will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, per Fox Sports. 

Momah injured his knee during Tuesday's practice. He has been with the Eagles, Brows and Lions since coming out of Boston College, although he has not appeared in a game. 

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
John Brown
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Brown reeled in just two of eight targets for 23 yards during Sunday's NFC championship game loss in Carolina.

In advance of the contest, Brown was held out of some drills due to a shoulder injury, but ultimately he turned in a full practice before the end of the week. His dismal performance Sunday can be attributed to the Panthers' concerted effort to nullify the deep ball. On the other hand, Carson Palmer attempted to force the issue after falling behind 24-7, and two interceptions followed on balls intended for Brown. During the regular season, though, Brown made progress on every front from his rookie campaign, recording 65 catches (on 101 targets) for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns.

Marion Grice
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Cardinals running backs Kerwynn Williams, Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice and Robert Hughes could do little to nothing in Arizona's 27-16 loss to the Panthers Saturday. Arizona's running backs had 15 carries for 27 yards and one touchdown in defeat.

Grice had just one carry for one yard and a touchdown. It was initally called a fumble on the field, with the ball popping out as Grice stretched for the end zone. However, it was overturned and called a touchdown.

The Cardinals have been unable to get anything going on the ground the past few weeks, averaging 1.86 yards per carry in Arizona's last two outings.

Jerraud Powers
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Powers produced three solo tackles and one pass defended in Sunday's defeat to the Seahawks.

After two complete campaigns in 2013 and 2014, Powers has been beset by injury this season, missing two games due to a strained calf and failing to log a snap in another as a result of a Grade 2 hamstring strain. As long as the Cardinals remain in the playoff picture, though, he'll serve as the nickel corner following Tyrann Mathieu's season-ending ACL tear.

Chris Johnson
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Johnson (tibia) enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

After Johnson landed on short-term IR on Dec. 1 due to a fractured tibia in his left leg, his sole appearance thereafter would have been in the Super Bowl, and Jay Glazer of FOX Sports even reported before Sunday's NFC championship game that the veteran RB would have been activated upon an Arizona victory. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Panthers wiped away that possibility with a thorough beatdown. While Johnson is nearing the end of his recovery, his absence allowed David Johnson to stake a claim to the top running back gig, leaving general manager Steve Keim to evaluate whether the elder Johnson is a part of the Cardinals' future.

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Leg - IR. Designated for return
Jaron Brown
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Brown hauled in 11 of 23 targets for 144 yards and one touchdown during the 2015 season.

The Cardinals' WR corps boasts incredible depth, which left few looks available to players not named Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and John Brown. Jaron Brown actually received nearly 25 percent of the offensive snaps, ranking behind that trio and ahead of rookie J.J. Nelson. While Brown and Nelson both recorded 11 catches, Nelson blew every receiving option out of the water with 27.2 YPC, more than double Brown's mark of 13.1. As a restricted free agent, Brown has a good shot to remain with the Cardinals due to his special-teams chops and not as a viable receiver with the aforementioned talent already in place.

Alex Okafor
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Okafor (calf) is listed as active Sunday at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Okafor's recovery from a strained right calf has encompassed three games and the Cardinals' bye week, but he'll again provide a boost to the front seven. In his career, he's displayed modest pass-rushing chops, notching 10 sacks in 19 career games.

Injury
Toe - NFI. Out for season
Bradley Sowell
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The Cardinals signed offensive tackle Bradley Sowell to a one-year deal, the organization announced on Thursday

Sowell, who will enter his fourth NFL season, signed with the Cardinals in 2013. Due to injuries on the offensive line, Sowell started 12 of Arizona's 16 regular-season games. He did not start a game in 2014. 

Bobby Massie
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The NFL has suspended Cardinals offensive tackle Bobby Massie for two games after he was found to be in violation of the league's substance abuse policy, reports NFL.com.

Massie was facing a three-game suspension after being arrested while intoxicated and behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Jaxon Shipley
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Josh Mauro
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The Cardinals have listed the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 15 matchup with the Rams: safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), guards Paul Fanaika (ankle) and Anthony Steen, defensive ends Josh Mauro and Kareem Martin, defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu and linebacker Kenny Demens.

Mathieu and Fanaika had been previously ruled out, while the team's other players on the final injury report are all active.

Troy Niklas
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Niklas reeled in all four targets for 33 yards and two touchdowns during the 2015 season.

Serving in a strict reserve role this season, Niklas nonetheless fared much better on the injury front, appearing in every game versus the seven that he was contained to as a rookie in 2014. However, both Darren Fells (restricted) and Jermaine Gresham (unrestricted) are free agents, which may result in a jump up the depth chart. Niklas' pedigree as a second-round pick would warrant such a promotion, but he still must put in the work to deserve an expanded target count.

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