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Cardinals Bring Back Josh Mauro Once Again

Team also adds three other veterans on D-line and at tight end

Defensive lineman Josh Mauro chases down Bills quarterback Josh Allen during a game last season.
Defensive lineman Josh Mauro chases down Bills quarterback Josh Allen during a game last season.

The Cardinals don't have a lot of defensive linemen healthy, so they continue to sign some – including bringing back a familiar face in addition to a host of NFL veterans.

The team re-signed Josh Mauro Tuesday for a third stint, after releasing him early in the offseason. The Cardinals also signed defensive linemen Margus Hunt and Jack Crawford, along with tight end Demetrius Harris. Each player is at least 30 years old with multiple years in the league.

To make room on the roster, the Cardinals released safety Jamal Carter, offensive lineman Ryan Pope, safety Donald Rutledge and tight end Cary Angeline.

At Tuesday's practice, the Cards were without their top four defensive linemen – J.J. Watt, Jordan Phillips, Rashard Lawrence and Zach Allen. Corey Peters was present but is not taking part in everything as he works back from a patellar tendon injury. With a game Friday, it's not the ideal situation.

"You're nervous if someone gets nicked up," coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "You may have a player standing there that has to play more snaps than you want them to play. That's definitely a concern. I feel like we can accomplish what we need to accomplish (in the game), I'm just hoping we don't lose anybody else."

The Cardinals had signed defensive lineman Darius Kilgo on Monday.

Mauro was with the Cardinals from 2014-2017, before playing a year with the Giants and Raiders, respectively. The Cardinals signed him during the 2020 season and he appeared in three games. Crawford, a 2012 fifth-round pick of the Raiders, has also been with the Cowboys, Falcons and Titans and has 18 career sacks. Hunt, a second-round pick of the Bengals in 2012, has 8½ sacks in his career with the Bengals, Colts and Saints.

Harris is the veteran tight end the Cards were expected to sign. He has 79 catches for 799 yards and nine touchdowns in seven seasons with the Chiefs, Browns and Bengals.