Arizona Cardinals: Jermaine Gresham placed on PUP list, Alfonzo Dennard released


Arizona Cardinals make roster moves ahead of training camp opening this weekend

Well, now the time has come to get the roster ready for training camp.  The Arizona Cardinals made several moves today including placing newly acquired tight end Jermaine Gresham on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.  In the preseason during training camp a player may be taken off the PUP list at anytime.  Gresham was previously with the Cincinnati Bengals and is coming off of back surgery.

Also on Wednesday the Cardinals released cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.  It was thought Dennard would come in and compete for a starting spot.  As it turns out he won’t even get the chance to step on the field with the Cardinals in camp.  Dennard was signed in the offseason after being cut by the New England Patriots.

The move with Gresham comes as no surprise.  The Cardinals don’t want to rush him along and it opens up a roster spot for someone who is ready.  Speaking of, the Cardinals in place of Gresham and Dennard, they placed tight end Troy Niklas and Zach Wagenmann on the active NFL list.

As for Dennard you have to wonder what went wrong?  There was really no inkling that his release was imminent.  With receiver Damond Powelll the other day, the writing was on the wall to be placed on the reserve/non-football injury list after getting shot.  However as recently as this morning, I was still in the camp of thought that Dennard would be in the mix.

That’s the NFL for you though.  The Cardinals are only allowed 90 men on the active roster in the first three weeks of training camp.  Gresham could come off the PUP list at anytime and as we grwo closer to the regular season that may happen but no need to rush him at this point.

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