The Cardinals activated Banjo (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, per the league's official transactions report.
Banjo spent roughly a week on the COVID list, which forced him to miss the Cardinals' season-ending loss to the Rams, but he'll now be eligible to return to team facilities. Through 13 appearances in 2020, Banjo notched a career-high 48 tackles (34 solo) along with one defended pass. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
The Cardinals placed Banjo (hip) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Banjo has handled at least 75 percent of defensive snaps in four straight contests, but it looks likely that he'll be unavailable for Sunday's road game against the Rams. The transaction indicates that Banjo has either tested positive for the virus or come into close contact with someone who has.
Banjo posted 10 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Rams.
With Jalen Thompson (ankle) still out of the lineup, Banjo stepped in at strong safety and finished second to Budda Baker (12) in tackles for Arizona. Thompson could be back in the lineup for the Week 14 clash against the Giants. If he's not, Banjo's worth IDP consideration.
Banjo (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Banjo's hamstring injury caused him to miss two consecutive games, but he now looks fully on track for Monday's contest in Dallas. Barring any setbacks, he stands to draw his usual start at safety across from Budda Baker.
Banjo (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Jets.
Banjo will miss a second straight game. He was trending up and finished the practice week with two straight limited sessions, so he'll have a good chance to play Week 6 against the Cowboys -- a Monday night game. Expect Charles Washington and Deionte Thompson to rotate into Banjo's role Sunday.
Banjo (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Jets, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Banjo logged limited practice sessions Thursday and Friday, so he'll be closely monitored over the weekend leading up to Sunday's matchup. If he's unable to play, expect Charles Washington and Deionte Thompson to share the workload alongside Budda Baker.
Banjo (hamstring) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
After failing to suit up in Wednesday's practice, it was a good sign that Banjo was able to suit up in some fashion. Banjo's practice availability Friday should paint a clearer picture of his chances to suit up in Week 5. If he's forced to miss more time, expect both Charles Washington and Deionte Thompson to have a role at strong safety.
Banjo (hamstring) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Banjo missed Week 4 and is on the wrong track ahead of Sunday's matchup versus the Jets, but he still has two more practices to get on the field in some capacity. If he misses Week 5 as well, expect both Charles Washington and Deionte Thompson to have a role alongside starting free safety Budda Baker.
Banjo (hamstring) will not play in Sunday's matchup against the Panthers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
This news is relatively unsurprising as Banjo was unable to practice all week. He injured his thumb in last Sunday's game against the Lions. With Budda Baker (thumb) also out, look for some combination of Curtis Riley, Deionte Thompson and Charles Washington to handle secondary duties. Banjo's next chance to suit up will come in Week 5 against the Jets.
Banjo (hamstring) is not practicing Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Banjo has missed back-to-back practices since suffering a hamstring injury during Sunday's loss to the Lions. Unless he's able to ramp up his activity during Friday's final practice of the week, the starting strong safety could be in line to miss Week 4 at Carolina.
Banjo (hamstring) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Lions, Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Banjo came up limping on a play late in the first quarter, and he hasn't returned to the game. As long as Banjo is sidelined, look for Charles Washington to take over as the team's starting strong safety.
Banjo racked up nine tackles (six solo) and one pass defense during Sunday's 30-15 win against Washington.
Banjo is filling in for Jalen Thompson, who suffered an ankle injury in the season opener and currently resides on injured reserve. Due to the situation, Banjo will start at strong safety for at least the next two weeks before the Cardinals can decide whether to activate Thompson. Through two games, Banjo has logged 94.5 percent of the Cardinals' defensive snaps en route to 15 tackles, which so far ranks fourth among the team's IDPs.
Banjo compiled six tackles (three solo) during Sunday's 24-20 victory in San Francisco.
Ostensibly a special-teamer in his first seven NFL seasons, Banjo wasn't expected to play a significant role on defense in 2020. That said, starting strong safety Jalen Thompson suffered an ankle injury on his second snap and didn't return, allowing Banjo to log 58 of 62 defensive plays. Banjo's upcoming workload likely depends on Thompson's health, which won't receive some clarity until the Cardinals release their first Week 2 injury report Wednesday.
The Cardinals and Banjo agreed to terms on a contract Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The veteran was a core special teams player for the Cardinals in 2019, making 12 tackles (six solo), and suiting up in 277 special-teams snaps. Banjo is expected to resume his usual role while providing limited value in IDP formats in 2020.
Banjo signed with Arizona on Wednesday.
After releasing wide receiver Michael Crabtree earlier in the week, the Cardinals found themselves with an open spot on their 53-man roster and elected to fill it with Banjo, a veteran safety who excels on special teams. Expected to occupy a limited role with his new team, Banjo offers little-to-no value in IDP formats.
Banjo was released by the Saints on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Banjo signed an extension in March of 2019, but he and the Saints will part ways only five months into it. He earned a $1.8 million signing bonus and an $850K base salary on the deal, making this an interesting financial move from the Saints' perspective. The core special teamer will look to find himself on another NFL roster prior to Week 1 of the regular season.
Banjo (knee) had three tackles (two solo) in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.
Banjo missed time during the offseason with the knee injury but is good to go with the regular season right around the corner. The 29-year-old has played only 85 defensive snaps over the past two seasons in New Orleans, but he earned a three-year extension in March due to his impact on special teams.
Banjo (knee) wasn't present at OTAs on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.
Banjo was one of four Saints not present at OTAs on Thursday. The team didn't provide a reason for the defensive back's absence, but a league source said he is recovering from a "minor knee injury." Banjo has appeared in all 32 games for the Saints over the last two seasons, though primarily in a special teams role. The 29-year-old logged 608 snaps on special teams in that span, compared to 85 snaps on defense.
Banjo and the Saints agreed on a three-year extension worth $9 million Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Banjo suited up for all 16 games last season. While he provided depth at safety, he is seen primarily as a standout special teamer. He figures to continue focusing on that role with the club going forward.
Banjo compiled two tackles and two interceptions during Sunday's 48-7 win over the Eagles.
Banjo had a career day Sunday, as he was the recipient of two of the three interceptions Carson Wentz tossed. Don't expect production like this to continue, however, as he still figures to back up Marcus Williams at the safety position.
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