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Cardinals Claim CB Tharold Simon

Team brings in ex-Seahawk to try and bolster secondary depth

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Cornerback Tharold Simon, claimed by the Cardinals Wednesday off waivers, breaks up a pass for Seattle against Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell in Super Bowl XLIX.


The Cardinals are hoping another former LSU defensive back can find a place in their secondary.

The team claimed Tharold Simon, released by the Seahawks Tuesday, off waivers in an attempt to find some secondary help at a position where rookie Brandon Williams remains the starter across from Patrick Peterson.

To make room on the roster, the Cards waived-injured linebacker Lamar Louis (quad).

The news came out after coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media Wednesday.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Simon, who played for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium, has been battling injuries since being a fifth-round pick out of LSU in 2013.

He spent the 2015 on injured reserve with a dislocated toe that wouldn't heal. He started five times in 2014, playing a total of 10 games. He lost his rookie season in 2013 to toe surgery on his other foot.

In college, Simon played alongside new Cardinals teammates Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Kevin Minter.

"(Simon) is going to be better than me by the time it's all said and done," former Seahawks teammate Richard Sherman told Seahawks.com early in training camp. "The kid's a player, he just needs to put it all together and hopefully he can stay healthy and it'll be a fantastic year for him."

Eventually, Simon lost out to DeShawn Shead in Seattle. He was inactive for the Seahawks opener last weekend.

At cornerback, the Cardinals also have veteran Justin Bethel – who is battling a sore foot – and Marcus Cooper, acquired in a preseason trade with the Chiefs. Arians said Bethel was "getting used to" the sore foot, and had an interception to end practice.

Arians reiterated Bethel played through the same injury last season. "He practiced more last year," Arians said, when asked about Bethel not seeing cornerback time yet.

The Cardinals face the Buccaneers this week, with star wide receiver Mike Evans. With fellow big receiver Vincent Jackson, it's not a given that Peterson will stay with Evans.

"We'll see if we want to match up or see if we want to go sides" with Peterson, Arians said.



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