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Cardinals Activate Will Hernandez From Injured Reserve

Veteran return will help offensive line down stretch

The Cardinals have brought back guard Will Hernandez from IR.
The Cardinals have brought back guard Will Hernandez from IR.

The Cardinals are getting some help back on the offensive line.

Guard Will Hernandez was activated from Injured Reserve on Saturday, a move predicted by coach Kliff Kingsbury the day before. Hernandez missed the minimum four games after being put on IR after hurting his pectoral muscle against the Seahawks on Nov. 6.

He is expected to return to his right guard spot, which had been manned by Max Garcia, although with a history of playing left guard in his career, he could potentially get work there at some point as well to leave Garcia in the lineup.

The Cardinals also elevated cornerback Nate Hairston and defensive tackle Manny Jones from the practice squad.

Hairston's elevation likely means Antonio Hamilton will be unable to go against the Broncos because of his back injury. WIth Byron Murphy already out with a back issue, the Cardinals could have Marco Wilson and rookie Christian Matthew as starting cornerbacks. They also have Jace Whittaker, although Isaiah Simmons could get more snaps in the slot as well.