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Cardinals Sign Free Agent Defensive Lineman Angelo Blackson

Add kicker/punter Richie Leone and tight end Jordan Thomas to practice squad

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Houston Texans defensive end Angelo Blackson (97) runs during an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Buffalo Bills, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. The Texans beat the Bills 22-19. (Cooper Neill via AP)

The Cardinals made one tweak to their 53-man roster as they started game week Monday, signing former Texans defensive lineman Angelo Blackson.

To make room on the roster, the Cards cut defensive lineman Michael Dogbe. The team also released tight end Dylan Cantrell from the practice squad. With Cantrell's released, the Cards had three open practice squad spots, two of which went Tuesday to tight end Jordan Thomas and punter Richie Leone.

Thomas was also cut by the Texans, and had 20 catches in 2018 before an injury-riddled 2019. Leone, who has been an all-star punter in the Canadian Football League, spent the 2017 offseason and training camp with the Cardinals battling Matt Wile for the punting job before the Cards decided to sign the recently cut Andy Lee. Leone can also kick if needed.

Blackson, a 2015 fourth-round pick of Tennessee, played 40 games for the Texans over the past three seasons and was regarded as a surprising cut for Houston. He had just restructured his contract with the Texans to help the team create more cap room.

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