NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kliff Kingsbury already said Dennis Gardeck was likely going to miss more time than just Sunday's game against the Titans after injuring his hand in practice this week.
That was guaranteed Saturday, when the Cardinals put Gardeck -- who is also coming back from ACL surgery -- on injured reserve. He could return in as few as three weeks, which would make it the day before a road game against the Rams on Oct. 3. Because of the timing, his earliest availability for a game would likely be the following week in a home meeting with the 49ers.
The Cards promoted Kylie Fitts, who was on the active roster last season, from the practice squad to replace Gardeck.
The Cardinals also made practice squad cornerback Antonio Hamilton Sr., who played 16 games and three playoff games for the Chiefs last season, a Covid replacement for wide receiver Antoine Wesley. Wesley went on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.
Kingsbury said Friday Gardeck was disappointed about the hand injury. But the coach was hopeful the injury could be seen as a benefit, to get Gardeck's right knee fully ready for the rigors of the rest of the season.
The five Cardinals to watch in Tennessee on Sunday: Chandler Jones, Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, J.J. Watt and Marco Wilson.