The Cardinals released Bynes (thumb) on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Prior to injuring his thumb Week 12, Bynes was heavily utilized during Steve Wilks' sole season as the coach in Arizona, playing every defensive snap from Week 3 through the fateful season-ending issue. Overall, he racked up 75 tackles and two sacks in 11 games, but the output wasn't enough to keep him around as the Cardinals switch back to a 3-4 alignment under new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
Bynes logged three tackles (two solo), one sack and one pass defended during Sunday's 26-14 loss to the Chiefs. Bynes posted his second sack of the season during a Week 10 loss to the Chiefs and played a key role in holding Kansas City's offense to its lowest point total of the season. The starting linebacker could be in line for another strong defensive showing against the Raiders in Week 11.
Bynes (wrist) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Minnesota, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. After practicing on a limited basis in the first two sessions of the week, Bynes was a full participant Friday. With his health clear, he'll seek out double-digit tackles for the fourth time in six outings to start the season.
Bynes (wrist) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. One of the residual effects of the Cardinals' dismal offense is plenty of action for their top defensive players. On the season, Cards hold down spots three through seven among NFL defenders in terms of most snaps on defense. Bynes is one of them and has parlayed the usage into 43 tackles and one sack. Until the offense gets going, he's a useful IDP, primarily due to the sheer volume of snaps.
Bynes posted 11 tackles (nine solo), including a sack, and a pass defensed in Sunday's win over the 49ers. Bynes has been a quality middle linebacker for Arizona, posting double-digit tackles in three of the team's five games. He's never recorded more than a single sack in a season, but he'll have a chance to do just that if he can get one more in the remaining 11 weeks. He'll look to keep up the strong play as the Cardinals aim to string together victories in Week 6 against the Vikings.
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