Following the injuries suffered over the weekend against Green Bay, the Arizona Cardinals made a series of transactions this week.
With injuries to quarterbacks John Skelton (ankle) and Max Hall (shoulder), the team signed veteran signal-caller Brodie Croyle. Croyle is familiar with the Cards’ offense, having last played with the Kansas City Chiefs and former Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Croyle is expected to relieve Kevin Kolb and Rich Bartel of a heavy workload in the final two preseason games.
In order to make room for Croyle, the Cardinals waived the one-time fan favorite Hall.
With the loss of running back Ryan Williams for the season, the Big Red re-signed William Powell, an undrafted free agent running back from Kansas State, whom they had released earlier in camp. Powell will look to compete with Alfonso Smith for carries as Beanie Wells’ backup. The team is still expected to scour free agency and the waiver wire for a veteran back.
Green Bay RB Ryan Grant could be an option if he's released from a crowded Packers backfield. Recent reports show that Grant wll be due to make nearly $5 million this season and Green Bay might end up heading in a different direction.
Arizona also re-signed defensive lineman Kenny Iwebema, the team’s fourth-round pick in 2008. Iwebema has been plagued by injuries in his career; missing most of 2009 after having a tumor removed from his chest and blowing out his knee in 2010. The Minneapolis native has been praised for his play on special teams and versatility in playing all three positions on the defensive line. The team also signed cornerback Thad Turner, who spent last season on the New England Patriots’ practice squad.
To make room for these signings, cornerback Desia Dunn and punter Derek Epperson were released, in addition to Hall.
The Arizona Cardinals make their home debut in the preseason this Saturday against the San Diego Chargers.
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