The Arizona Cardinals placed six players on the PUP list on Saturday
They are hurt before they even got going. Well, for six Arizona Cardinals, it really was just a formality for them being placed on the PUP list on Saturday ahead of camp opening this week in Glendale at State Farm Stadium.
Among the players that will not be ready come Thursday are defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, tight end Charles Clay, and cornerback Brandon Williams. Nkemdiche also had an off-field issue arise in June with an arrest but is still coming back from his 2018 season ending injury.
Clay was signed in the offseason and is expected to challenge for the starting tight end spot. As for Williams, his days with the team could be numbered. He has yet to show any great potential as a corner and the depth has grown this offseason.
The others that were placed on PUP Saturday were offensive lineman Max Garcia, linebacker Brooks Reed, and linebacker Dante Booker. Garcia and Reed were two free agent pickups in the offseason. Booker is an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State.
Booker seems to be hurt the most by his placement. If he is able to get back on the field early on in camp, then he might be able to challenge for a practice squad spot.
Reed, out of the University of Arizona, was an early signing in February after being released by the Atlanta Falcons. He also could see issues arise in making the final 53-man roster if he doesn’t return to action near the early part of camp and preseason.
The Cardinals took chances on Reed and Garcia knowing their injury history. It is one of the reasons there hasn’t been more excitement around their signings.
The Cardinals rookie reported to camp last Wednesday. The veterans report this Wednesday July 24th. First full-squad practice is on Thursday.