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Bridges Brought Back

Veteran lineman returns, E. Brown cut, practice squad finalized


The Cardinals brought back offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges, who was with the team in 2004 and 2005, to the roster Tuesday.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt reiterated Monday that the 53-man roster put together after Friday's cuts wasn't necessarily the final roster for the regular-season opener.

Whisenhunt proved himself right Tuesday, when the Cardinals brought back offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges and releasing veteran backup offensive lineman Elton Brown.
Bridges started at both tackle and guard while spending the last three seasons with Carolina. He ended up with the Panthers after the Cardinals – for whom Bridges played for in 2004 and 2005 – cut him after the preseason of 2006.

The 6-foot-4, 326-pounder provides some versatility in the backup offensive line role and has more playing time experience than Brown, a 2005 draft pick. Talking about his backup tackles Monday, Whisenhunt said an injury to left tackle starter Mike Gandy would mean starting right tackle Levi Brown would move over with the inexperienced Brandon Keith or Herman Johnson coming in on the right side. Now, the Cards could slide Bridges into that role in the short-term if they felt Keith or Johnson was not ready.

The Cardinals also filled out the rest of their practice squad Tuesday, including bringing back another player – linebacker Chris Harrington, who was the team's sixth-round pick in 2008 and was on the practice squad last season until Cincinnati signed him to the active roster.

Harrington, like draft picks Cody Brown and Will Davis this year, was a college defensive end attempting to transition to NFL linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

The Cards also put fullback Fui Vakapuna (cut by the Bengals), inside linebacker Lee Robinson (cut by the Broncos) and cornerback Rashad Barksdale (cut by the Jets) on the practice squad. They join four holdovers named Monday: receiver Ed Gant, guard Trevor Canfield and defensive linemen Alex Field and Keilen Dykes.

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