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After Cuts, Cardinals Arrive At Initial Roster

Team keeps 51 players with intention of adding via waivers

Third-year tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was among the Cardinals players released on Saturday.
Third-year tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was among the Cardinals players released on Saturday.

The Cardinals have finalized their initial roster, keeping two fewer players than the 53-man maximum in preparation for waiver claim additions on Sunday afternoon.

Some of the notable cuts include tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, cornerback Brandon Williams (waived/injured), wide receiver Chad Williams, rookie tight end Caleb Wilson and recently-acquired defensive lineman Bruce Hector.

Those on the bubble who made the team include inside linebacker Tanner Vallejo, outside linebacker Pete Robertson, undrafted defensive tackle Miles Brown, running back D.J. Foster, guard Jeremy Vujnovich and wide receiver Damiere Byrd.

Cornerback Robert Alford is on the roster, allowing him to come back this season if he is placed on injured reserve for his broken leg. The Cardinals kept 10 of their 12 draft picks, including seventh-round defensive end Michael Dogbe and seventh-round offensive tackle Josh Miles. Wilson, the final pick of the draft, was the only one released, as wide receiver Hakeem Butler (hand) is on injured reserve.

The Cardinals have the top waiver claim priority on players with under four years of NFL service and clearly plan to make moves. They have the two open spots, and a trip to injured reserve for Alford would open up a third.

Guard Max Garcia (knee) was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which will keep him sidelined a minimum of six weeks. Garcia does not take up a roster spot, nor does cornerback Patrick Peterson during his six-game suspension.

The Cardinals can fill out their 10-player practice squad on Sunday following the waiver claims.

Below is the full list of players released:

Quarterback: Drew Anderson, Charles Kanoff

Running back: Wes Hills (injury settlement), Dontae Strickland

Wide receiver: Pharoh Cooper, Chad Williams, A.J. Richardson, Isaac Zico

Offensive line: Rees Odhiambo (waived/injured), Colby Gossett, Coleman Shelton, William Sweet (waived/injured), Parker Ehinger, Patrick Lawrence, Jacob Ohnesorge

Tight End: Ricky Seals-Jones, Darrell Daniels, Caleb Wilson, Drew Belcher

Defensive line: Bruce Hector, Pasoni Tasini, Siupeli Anau, Sterling Bailey

Linebacker: Vontarrius Dora, Cameron Malveaux, Pita Taumoepenu (waived/injured), Dante Booker

Safety: Jonathan Owens, Tyler Sigler

Cornerback: Brandon Williams (waived/injured), Nate Brooks, Deatrick Nichols

Punter: Ryan Winslow

Cardinals' Initial Roster

Table inside Article
NamePositionExperience
Kyler MurrayQuarterbackRookie
Brett HundleyQuarterback5
David JohnsonRunning Back5
Chase EdmondsRunning Back2
T.J. LoganRunning Back3
D.J. FosterRunning Back4
Larry FitzgeraldWide Receiver16
Christian KirkWide Receiver2
KeeSean JohnsonWide ReceiverRookie
Michael CrabtreeWide Receiver11
Trent SherfieldWide Receiver2
Damiere ByrdWide Receiver4
Andy IsabellaWide ReceiverRookie
D.J. HumphriesTackle5
Justin PughGuard7
A.Q. ShipleyCenter8
J.R. SweezyGuard8
Marcus GilbertTackle8
Mason ColeGuard/Center2
Lamont GaillardGuard/CenterRookie
Josh MilesTackleRookie
Jeremy VujnovichGuard3
Charles ClayTight End9
Maxx WilliamsTight End5
Corey PetersDefensive Tackle10
Zach AllenDefensive EndRookie
Rodney GunterDefensive Tackle5
Clinton McDonaldDefensive Tackle10
Michael DogbeDefensive EndRookie
Miles BrownDefensive TackleRookie
Chandler JonesOutside Linebacker8
Jordan HicksInside Linebacker5
Haason ReddickInside Linebacker3
Terrell SuggsOutside Linebacker17
Joe WalkerInside Linebacker4
Brooks ReedOutside Linebacker9
Dennis GardeckInside Linebacker2
Ezekiel TurnerInside Linebacker2
Pete RobertsonOutside Linebacker1
Tanner VallejoInside Linebacker3
D.J. SwearingerSafety7
Budda BakerSafety3
Jalen ThompsonSafetyRookie
Deionte ThompsonSafetyRookie
Robert AlfordCornerback7
Tramaine BrockCornerback10
Byron MurphyCornerbackRookie
Chris JonesCornerback1
Andy LeePunter16
Zane GonzalezKicker3
Aaron BrewerLong Snapper8
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