The Cardinals had a bye week, but it doesn’t mean they got through unscathed, and now they are missing a starter for the postseason.
Alex Okafor was placed on the Non-Football-Injury reserve list Tuesday with a toe injury, a move that ends the outside linebacker’s season. To replace Okafor on the roster, the Cardinals signed veteran linebacker
Coach Bruce Arians would only say that Okafor hurt himself over the weekend, away from the
The Cardinals also put defensive tackle
Okafor finished the season with 39 tackles, two sacks and 13 quarterback pressures while playing in 13 games. He missed three games during the regular season with a calf injury.
“It’s just the next guy up,” Arians said, adding that rookie
“Coach did mention I’d have a role,” Babin said. “It may be a loose definition. What is a role, I don’t know. I’m just here to work, and happy to be playing football.”
“I’ve played in a defense where the verbiage was pretty similar,” Babin added. “Hopefully it will be a pretty smooth transition.”
Babin has 64½ sacks in his 12-year career. He had two sacks in 16 games with the Jets in 2014 before appearing in two games with the Ravens earlier this season.
Fua, who played outside linebacker in college, had been playing inside all season before the Cardinals moved him a couple weeks ago with Golden hurting.
“The past two weeks they’ve been I guess you could say introducing me to the position and now I’m actually meeting with the outside linebackers,” Fua said. “We’ll see how it works out.
“I kind of rewired for inside and now I’m rewiring for outside. It feels natural, but we’ll see.”