With the injury to Arizona Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor, the Cards needed to add a back to the team roster
The Arizona Cardinals brought back running back Zach Bauman and signed him to the practice squad on Tuesday. To add him, the Cards released cornerback Anthony Gaitor from the practice squad. The addition was needed after the loss of running back Stepfan Taylor on Sunday. Taylor injured his calf against the Philadelphia Eagles and is out at least 2-4 weeks.
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Bauman, from Northern Arizona University, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cards shortly after the NFL Draft, was amongst the last cuts in preseason. I had considered him a dark horse to make the roster but that was also under the idea the Cards might carry five backs instead of four. They also went with Robert Hughes, who I thought might not have done enough to make the team.
This move probably means the Cards may elevate Bauman or even running back Kerwynn WIlliams from the practice squad before Sunday morning. They may decide to stick with just three backs after they decided to activate Marion Grice last week, although they didn’t use Andre Ellington was the only back to get carries in Sunday’s victory. Hughes did play and got a couple of receptions.
The addition of Bauman makes sense rather than going and grabbing someone else off the street. Bauman knows the system and should something happen to one of the other backs you never know if he may just get the call to play.