reduced their roster to the 53-man limit on Saturday by placing tight end
(knee) and defensive tackle
(shoulder) on injured reserve while releasing the five players: tackle
, defensive tackle
, linebacker and special teams ace
Walker tweeted news of his release on Friday.
, Rowe and Johnson-Webb are all practice-squad eligible, but Taylor's release leaves the Cardinals with just four receivers, likely putting them in the market for another player as they sift through the waiver wire.
Among the notable bubble players who made the roster were quarterback
, injury-prone running back
, rookie free-agent receiver
and rookie free-agent safety
, who made too many plays in the preseason for the coaching staff to ignore him.
That could lead to a trade at some point or perhaps the release of one of those players if the Cardinals claim a player off waivers at another position of need. There are other players who also might fall victim to waiver wire additions, such as linebacker
, a surprise member of the current 53-man roster. The Cardinals are likely to seek further help at tight end, and along both lines.
King and Lumpkin are both eligible to become the one player the team is allowed to bring back off IR after six games, but it is likely the Cardinals will wait to see if they need to use the designation for a more significant player/injury.
The Cardinals can begin naming their practice squad players Sunday at 9 a.m.