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Cardinals Begin Cuts; Hakeem Butler Among Released

Team lets five go with final cutdown Sunday

WR Hakeem Butler was among five players released Friday.
WR Hakeem Butler was among five players released Friday.

The Cardinals began their final roster cuts Friday, with five cut including the release of wide receiver Hakeem Butler.

Butler, a fourth-round pick in 2019, missed his rookie season after injuring his hand in the preseason. He had said early in the offseason "it was a changing moment for me. ... It was like a redshirt year for me."

But he wasn't able to make up the ground on the depth chart, especially after the offseason was wiped out because of the coronavirus.

Also released were defensive tackle Miles Brown, offensive lineman Sam Jones and punter Ryan Winslow. Offensive lineman Brett Toth was waived/injured (hamstring).

The Cardinals now have 69 players on the roster, and need to get to 53 by Saturday at 1 p.m. Arizona time.

Those released must pass through waivers but if they do have the chance to return on the practice squad, which will number 16 this season. Butler would be a prime candidate. His lost rookie year -- on injured reserve, he was unable to practice all season -- set him back. The addition of DeAndre Hopkins along with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk made the top three receiving spots a lock, and fellow 2019 draft picks Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson both had stayed ahead of him on the depth chart. Trent Sherfield also has made his mark on special teams.

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