Bigger names among Cardinals' moves

August, 31, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


It has become cliche for NFL coaches to lament how much tougher roster cuts will be this season given the team's allegedly improved depth. The moves Arizona made in getting to the impending 75-man limit were more significant than usual, largely because injuries played a role.

The team placed second-round choice Cody Brown on injured reserve, as expected, while waiving injured receiver Michael Ray Garvin (knee) and injured linebacker Pago Togafau (foot). Garvin and Togafau would be eligible for injured reserve or injury settlements once they clear waivers. Brown will spend the season recovering from wrist surgery.

The Cardinals also released veteran safety Keith Lewis, formerly of the 49ers, and tackle Brandon Pearce. Lewis seemingly had a shot at earning a roster spot, but the Cardinals got younger at safety through the draft.
Arizona Cardinals Week 1 Roster Counts since 2003 QB RB WR TE OL DL LB DB ST
Fewest 2 4 5 2 8 5 6 7 2
Most 4 7 7 4 10 9 8 10 3
Average 3.0 5.3 6.0 3.2 8.8 7.7 7.0 8.8 2.8
Currently on roster
4 8 10 5 13 9 11 12 3

The chart compares the Cardinals' current roster counts by position to 0pening-day totals since 2003. The team must reduce to 53 players by Sunday.

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