The Cardinals built the majority of their practice squad Sunday by bringing back 14 players they just released, including rookie linebacker Evan Weaver and running back D.J. Foster.
The team did add three wide receivers to the practice squad, although none were the recently released Hakeem Butler: Andre Patton, A.J. Richardson and undrafted rookie JoJo Ward. The Cardinals also brought back the other three undrafted rookies who had made it to Saturday from their 2020 class: running back Jonathan Ward, cornerback Jace Whittaker and linebacker Reggie Walker.
Teams are allowed to have 16 players on their practice squad this year, including up to six who are vested veterans (normally vested veterans are not practice-squad eligible.) They still have two open spots to fill.
Each team is allowed to protect four members of the practice squad each week. The rest can be signed away to any other team's active rosters.
The full list of Sunday's practice-squad signees include:
- S Kentrell Brice
- DL Jonathan Bullard
- TE Dylan Cantrell
- DL Trevon Coley
- RB D.J. Foster
- CB Chris Jones
- OL Koda Martin
- WR Andre Patton
- WR A.J. Richardson
- LB Reggie Walker
- WR JoJo Ward
- RB Jonathan Ward
- LB Evan Weaver
- CB Jace Whittaker
There were only 17 waiver claims across the entire NFL Sunday, a number much lower than other years and attributable to the lack of preseason games and the inability for other teams to assess the players who had been released. The Cards did not make a waiver claim -- last year, they had five -- and did not have any of their released players claimed either.
The Cards return to the practice field Monday morning, and play in San Francisco in their regular-season opener on Sept. 13.