Cardinals notebook: Filling the gaps

Quarterback Hoyer, center Gibson add needed depth for Cardinals.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals finally bolstered their offensive line and quarterback position, but don’t get too excited. The additions of quarterback Hoyer and center Mike Gibson are not franchise-changing moves. They are depth guys. Fill-ins for now.

While Hoyer officially filled the roster spot vacated when lineman Rich Ohrnberger went on injured reserve Monday, Gibson is here to give the O-line the requisite depth in Ohrnberger’s absence.

Hoyer’s signing was a clear signal that the Cardinals intended to place Kolb on IR for the rest of the season. The Cardinals claimed Hoyer off waivers on Monday. He was with Pittsburgh until the Steelers waived him on Saturday. The fourth-year pro played three prior seasons with New England, appearing in eight games and completing 27 of 43 passes (62.8 percent) for 286 yards, a TD and an interception.

Gibson was with Seattle for most of his four-year career. The Eagles released him in training camp this season.


The Lions are suffering through just as dreadful a season as the Cardinals, but at least Detroit (4-9) has found a way to get its star receiver the ball. Then again, the Lions have a quarterback in Matthew Stafford. The Cardinals? Not so much when Kevin Kolb is hurt.

Johnson has 1,546 receiving yards through 13 games, putting him 302 yards shy of breaking Jerry Rice's single-season NFL record of 1,848 yards set in 1995.

“Calvin is hard to hide,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “Everybody knows who he is when he goes on the field. The fact that he’s still able to be productive says a lot about him as a player.”

Johnson tied an NFL record with his fifth consecutive 125-plus-yard receiving game two weeks ago, and just missed breaking the record with 118 yards last week in a loss to the Packers.


For the Cardinals: WR Early Doucet (concussion), DE Ronald Talley (ankle) and DT Dan Williams (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

DE Calais Campbell (calf), DT Nick Eason (ankle), TE Rob Housler (knee), FS Kerry Rhodes (abdomen), WR Andre Roberts (ankle) and CB Greg Toler (hamstring) were limited.

For the Lions: S Louis Delmas (knee), DT Nick Fairley (shoulder), CB Chris Houston (hamstring), TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) and CB Jacob Lacey (foot/Achilles) did not practice.

WR Calvin Johnson (knee) and S Don Carey (knee) were limited.

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