Given the severity of their injuries, Jermaine Gresham and Markus Golden always knew that a full return to the practice field likely wasn't coming until after the Cardinals began training camp.
That became official Monday, when the team decided to place both on the active physically unable to perform list heading into camp. The first full team practice is Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gresham, a tight end, ruptured his Achilles in the 2017 season finale. Golden, moving from linebacker to defensive end in Steve Wilks' new system, tore his ACL in Week 4 last season.
Rookie cornerback Chris Campbell (ankle) will also begin camp on PUP.
The active PUP list means a player cannot take part in any practice. If a player is kept on PUP when the regular season begins, he does not count against the roster but he must be activated – or placed on injured reserve – sometime after six weeks. But any of the three players can come off PUP at any time in camp, and there is optimism that will happen.
The Cardinals also made a roster move Monday, waiving tight end Beau Sandland with a non-football injury designation and signing tight end Chris Bazile to a one-year deal to take his place. The Cards still have 89 players on their roster.
Bazile, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound product of Grambling, had a tryout with the Saints in 2016 when he first came out of college and signed briefly with Washington this spring.
The Cardinals need bodies at camp, with Gresham down for now. The other tight ends on the roster include Ricky Seals-Jones, Gabe Holmes, Bryce Williams and rookies Andrew Vollert and Alec Bloom.
Rookies, quarterbacks and players coming off injury get in some early work Monday before full #CardsCamp begins later in the week.