The Arizona Cardinals made several adjustments to their roster on the day before their matchup with the New England Patriots
As head coach Kliff Kingsbury‘s squad prepared for Sunday’s clash with the New England Patriots, the front office of the Arizona Cardinals was extremely busy. A handful of injuries, combined with the ongoing effects of the coronavirus, created a need for some reinforcements on the playing field. Cards general manager Steve Keim and his cohorts took care of a few of the club’s needs on the day before the game.
One of the most impactful moves made by Keim and company on Saturday was the activation of defensive end Zach Allen. The organization’s third-round draft selection in 2019 will be welcomed back with open arms after missing Arizona’s last three contests with an ankle injury. Allen will likely move right back into his starting role on a Cardinals defensive line that’s been completely depleted this season.
Allen isn’t the only Cards defensive lineman who’s being added to the 53-man roster this weekend. Defensive tackle Stacy McGee, a eighth-year journeyman, will make his first appearance for Arizona after joining the franchise this past Tuesday. Another member of the defense’s front wall, second-year player Michael Dogbe, will also be utilized against the Patriots on Sunday.
One more defender who’ll be joining coordinator Vance Joseph‘s group for the Cardinals week 12 contest is cornerback Jace Whittaker. On offense, practice squad tight end Evan Baylis will see action in his fifth game for the Redbirds. Running back D.J. Foster, who first joined the Cards back in 2017, has also been elevated from the practice squad.
The players who’ve been added will replace the five Cardinals who were sidelined this past week. Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Trent Sherfield, along with safety Deionte Thompson, were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Defensive end Josh Mauro and tight end Darrell Daniels are new additions to Arizona’s injured-reserve list.