NFC West: Eric Mensik


The Arizona Cardinals are the first NFC West team to announce roster moves made to comply with the Tuesday deadline for 80-man rosters.

Teams can carry 90 players until then.

The Cardinals made the following moves to comply:
  • Two players to IR: Running back Ryan Williams' placement on injured reserve was expected. He suffered a torn patella tendon more than a week ago. The news on Greg Toler's torn ACL came as a mild surprise. He and Williams are out for the season.
  • Six players waived: fullback Charles Ali, receiver Daiveun Curry-Chapman, linebacker Curtis Gatewood, linebacker Duke Lemmens, tackle Eric Mensik, tackle Jason Speredon. No real surprises here.
  • Two waived/injured: Safety Tommy Irvin (ankle injury) and receiver Max Komar (knee) received waivers with an injury designation. That means both players will land on injured reserve if no other team claims them on waivers. Teams sometimes reach injury settlements with players in these situations, forfeiting rights to the players in the short term while leaving open the door for a return during the season. Players on IR cannot return until the following season.

The chart compares current position-by-position roster counts for Arizona against 53-man counts in Week 1 last season. Teams must reduce to 53 players Saturday.
The Arizona Cardinals released their list of undrafted free agents heading into 2011 camp.

A few notes:
  • The Cardinals have agreed to terms with four offensive tackles, a high number. Seven of the 21 rookies are offensive linemen. Every NFL team but Arizona and Tennessee has drafted an offensive lineman in the first three rounds since 2008. The Cardinals and Titans have Hall of Fame offensive linemen in high-ranking coaching roles. They trust their coaches to get the most from their linemen. But with center Lyle Sendlein and guard Deuce Lutui unsigned, the Cardinals needed depth. Even if Sendlein or Lutui signed, neither could practice before Aug. 4.
  • The Cardinals signed quarterback John Skelton's brother, Stephen, a tight end from Fordham. They should have an instant rapport in practice, for sure.

I ran the Seattle Seahawks' list when the team made it available Tuesday. More of these to come.

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