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Gabe Martin Returns To Cardinals

Posted Nov 28, 2017

Team signs former linebacker from Saints practice squad with Bucannon ailing

The Cardinals re-signed inside linebacker Gabe Martin Tuesday with Deone Bucannon hurting his ankle Sunday.

With Deone Bucannon hurting his right ankle again Sunday, the Cardinals have brought back a familiar face to add depth at inside linebacker.

The team signed Gabe Martin, who was released with an injury settlement early in training camp after hurting his Achilles, off the New Orleans Saints practice squad on Tuesday. Martin was originally signed as an undrafted rookie in 2015, spending time on the practice squad that season before being promoted for the playoffs. In 2016, he played in eight games before a season-ending knee injury.

To make room on the roster, the Cardinals released tackle Vinston Painter and safety Harlan Miller. The Cardinals now have one open spot on the 53-man roster.

Bucannon is expected to miss some time, although the team has still not given a prognosis for the injury. Arians said Monday it looked like the injury was not as severe as originally thought.

Arians said the Cards would talk about moving rookie linebacker Haason Reddick, who started the season inside before moving outside after Markus Golden had a season-ending knee injury, back inside. Martin’s arrival likely means Reddick will remain in a pass-rushing backup role, especially with the solid play of Josh Bynes in Bucannon’s place.

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