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Cardinals claim OLB Thomas Keiser

8/31/2014

SAN DIEGO -- He played against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, but now outside linebacker Thomas Keiser will get an opportunity to play for the Cardinals against his former team in the regular-season opener on Monday night.

Released by the San Diego Chargers during final roster cuts on Saturday, the Cardinals claimed Keiser off of waivers on Sunday. Like San Diego, the Cardinals run a 3-4 defensive front, so the transition shouldn’t be that tough for the Stanford product.

Keiser finished third on the Chargers with 4.5 sacks last season, but he was in a log jam at outside linebacker behind rookie second-round draft choice Jeremiah Attaochu, second-year pro Tourek Williams and ex-CFL standout Cordarro Law. Now, the Cardinals can use Keiser to help game plan for his former team, getting information about San Diego’s personnel and scheme.

The Chargers also can do something similar, getting information on the Cardinals from quarterback Ryan Lindley, a recent practice squad addition who was released by Arizona on Saturday.

Chargers seventh-round selection Tevin Reese cleared waivers and has not been added to an NFL team’s practice squad. Offensive tackle Mike Harris was claimed off of waivers by Minnesota.

According to the Chargers, receiver Vincent Brown cleared waivers and was placed on the team’s injured reserve list. Brown is close to being fully healthy, so look for an injury settlement and Brown getting a chance to play elsewhere soon.