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Cardinals Activate Max Garcia, Place Clinton McDonald On IR

Team also releases LB Zach Brown

The Cardinals have put defensive lineman Clinton McDonald (93) on injured reserve.
The Cardinals have put defensive lineman Clinton McDonald (93) on injured reserve.

His three-week window from practicing about to close, offensive lineman Max Garcia was elevated from the physically-unable-to-perform list to the roster Wednesday by the Cardinals, with defensive lineman Clinton McDonald going to injured reserve.

McDonald, who hurt his neck against the 49ers, is done for the season.

The Cardinals also released linebacker Zach Brown, who just signed last week. The moves leave the Cards with one open roster spot.

Garcia had been on PUP while recovering from an ACL tear suffered late last season while he played for the Broncos. With starting right tackle Justin Murray dealing with a knee injury himself, the Cardinals had moved starting left guard Justin Pugh to right tackle against the 49ers last week, with Mason Cole starting in Pugh's place at guard. If Murray can't go again, Garcia could be the main backup for the interior positions against the Buccaneers.

"I've been practicing for three weeks so I feel like I've gotten my acclimation days," Garcia said. "There is nothing you can do to replicate the game speed of the NFL. But I'm doing whatever I can, conditioning-wise, to perform to that level. I've been in the meeting rooms since April, so the mental side of it, I have under control. I know the playbook."

Garcia added that he thinks he'll be there to serve as a reserve, but he is ready if needed. "I've played in a lot of games in my career," he said.

McDonald, signed as a free agent prior to the start of the regular season, appeared in all nine games, playing 122 defensive snaps total. He was credited with eight tackles.

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