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QB Mike Bercovici Added To Practice Squad

With Palmer hurt, Cardinals choose to keep only two signal-callers on 53-man roster


The Cardinals signed QB Mike Bercovici to the practice squad.

With Carson Palmer suffering a broken arm, the Cardinals wanted to add an extra third quarterback in case of further injuries, and did so Tuesday by signing former Arizona State signal-caller Mike Bercovici to the practice squad.

To make room, the Cardinals released tackle Givens Price from the practice squad.

Bercovici has spent time with the Los Angeles Chargers and had also previously had workouts with the Cardinals.

"This is obviously a place I feel comfortable," Bercovici said. "It's not easy being in this situation, but I've always said, even back in my college days, just being patient is rewarding."

As of now, Palmer remains on the active roster. Coach Bruce Arians said Monday the Cards

weren't going to put another quarterback on the active roster even if Palmer was placed on injured reserve. Drew Stanton is the starter, and Blaine Gabbert is his backup.

"We've never had more than two on our roster since I've been here," Arians said before Bercovici's arrival. "We liked Blaine Gabbert so much that we kept him this year. So, we're really where we always are. We may look for a practice squad arm."

In 2013, the Cardinals kept two quarterbacks on the roster. In 2014, they had three after drafting Logan Thomas, and they did the same in 2015 after trading for Matt Barkley. Last season, they mostly went with two quarterbacks.

Arians has been adamant Stanton will be his starter, but he did praise Gabbert's work. Gabbert made the team as the third quarterback coming out of training camp.

"I saw a really good athlete and (he) has a tremendous arm," Arians said. "It's just a matter of continuing to learn this system. But his physical attributes made us go, 'Hey, this guy has a chance. We're going to go with three quarterbacks this year and continue to try to get him taught.' Now, he's got to be more than ready to go."

Gabbert echoed Stanton's sentiments that it was difficult to see a friend in Palmer get hurt.

"Drew and I are here to step up and fill that void, get this team moving in the right direction," Gabbert said.

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