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Cardinals Release Brian Winters, Place Josh Miles On IR

Banjo, Hamilton elevated from practice squad; Harlow, Martin promoted

Guard Brian Winters during a snap at 2021 training camp

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- In training camp, the Cardinals planned on a three-way battle for the right guard spot – Josh Jones, Justin Murray and free-agent signee Brian Winters.

Jones won the spot, in part after Murray and Winters missed a big chunk of training camp because of injuries.

Murray has had to fill in at right tackle with the ribs injury to Kelvin Beachum. And now the Cardinals are moving on from Winters, releasing the reserve a day after he missed practice for personal reasons.

The offensive line lost two Saturday, with backup tackle Josh Miles (ankle) being placed on injured reserve. To fill the roster spots, the Cardinals officially promoted offensive linemen Sean Harlow and Koda Martin from the practice squad.

The Cardinals also elevated cornerback Antonio Hamilton and safety Chris Banjo from the practice squad for the game. Given how important Hamilton has been as a reserve – both starting cornerbacks Byron Murphy (ankle) and Marco Wilson (ankle) are officially questionable to play – his spot was expected.

While both Hamilton and Banjo will revert to the practice squad Monday, Hamilton will have used up his two elevations, so to get back on the roster the Cardinals will have to officially sign him to the 53-man roster. Banjo still has one standard elevation left.

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