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' one 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 suffered a thumb injury during Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Chargers, and will spend the remainder of the 2018 season on injured reserve. The 29-year-old was one of the Cardinals' most consistent defensive pieces, so his absence is likely to substantially hurt the team's defense. Gerald Hodges will serve as Arizona's starting middle linebacker going forward.
Bynes exited the Week 12 tilt against the Chargers during the second quarter. With Deone Bucannon (chest) inactive, the linebacker position could prove an area of weakness for the Cardinals if Bynes is unable to retake the field Sunday.
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 their lowest point total of the season. The starting linebacker could be in line for another strong defensive showing against the Raiders in Week 11.
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.
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