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Jalen Thompson Moved From IR To Active Roster

Safety finally ready to play after ankle injury

Safety Jalen Thompson takes part in a recent practice.
Safety Jalen Thompson takes part in a recent practice.

The Cardinals have some uncertainty with their defense going into this weekend thanks to the COVID issues with linebacker Devon Kennard and cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., but they are getting one starter back.

Safety Jalen Thompson was officially moved from Injured Reserve to the active roster Wednesday morning. Thompson has been sidelined with an ankle injury he suffered the second play of the regular season in San Francisco.

The move brings the Cardinals to 51 players on the 53-man roster.

After starting nine of his 15 games as a rookie in 2019, Thompson was paired with Budda Baker on the backend before getting hurt. Chris Banjo was Thompson's original replacement, although Deionte Thompson has also gotten significant snaps.

"I'm hopeful if Jalen has a good week of practice and then feels 100 percent that he'll be able to give it a go this week," coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday. "It still remains to be seen, but I'm hopeful that we can pull that off." 

Tight end Maxx Williams, who has also been on IR with an ankle injury, was moved to the IR/Designated to Return list on Monday, opening the 21-day window for him to be put back on the active roster and allowing him to practice. But, like Thompson the past few weeks, Williams is still officially on IR.