During his five-week suspension by the Cardinals following his guilty plea for an extreme DUI, General Manager Steve Keim wasn’t allowed any contact with the team. That didn’t mean friends and peers around the NFL couldn’t contact him. And apparently, they did in droves.

“More than I could tell you,” Keim said Wednesday when asked about the support he received during his time away from the club. “There were people and some friends of mine throughout not only the NFL, but the country, some people that I didn’t even know that reached out to me. It was amazing how they showed their support.”

Cardinals players, meanwhile, welcomed Keim back with open arms when he met with them Wednesday morning during a meeting in the team’s auditorium at their Tempe training facility.

“It’s always good to see one of our brothers here,” defensive tackle Corey Peters said. “I think he said what you would expect him to say. He was very apologetic and he took full responsibility for his decisions. But as a family, we’ll recover and we’ll love him and bring him back into the fold.

“It was good to see him. It’s been a while. But he’s taken responsibility for everything and like I said, he’s our brother, and we’ll accept him back in.”

Safety Antoine Bethea remarked that everyone makes mistakes and, hopefully, learns from them. He did when the same thing happened to him some years ago, he said. He called what happened to Keim a “teachable moment.”

“Yeah, I mean, shoot, I already know what it’s about. I had a DUI so I understand what he’s was going through,” Bethea said. “It’s definitely a learning experience, and for the guys that were sitting there in the audience listening to him, it definitely was a teachable moment.

“We always say, ‘It can’t happen to me.’ When I got mine, it was definitely a situation where I thought, ‘Aw, it won’t happen to me. I can go have a drink here and there.’ You drive and get home safe. I did it a million times. But that one time that it happens, it hits home, so at the end of the day, it’s definitely a teaching moment.”

Running back David Johnson said Keim’s address to the team went well, adding: “He owned up to it. No one’s perfect. I’m glad he realized what he did and I’m glad he apologized.”

Keim’s arrest and suspension had been hanging over the Cardinals’ heads throughout training camp and the preseason. Now, Johnson said, the team finally can move on.

“Exactly, move forward,” he said. “Let’s get ready for the season opener and get ready for this next game against the Cowboys and push on.”


Contrite and emotional, Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim has returned from a five-week suspension after being arrested for extreme DUI in July.
Kent Somers, azcentral sports

Rosen’s sore thumb

Quarterback Josh Rosen was not a full participant in practice on Wednesday, coach Steve Wilks said.

The rookie banged the thumb on his right passing hand against a helmet during Monday’s practice. Rosen’s status for Sunday night’s preseason game in Dallas is uncertain at this point, although he had been scheduled to play in it.

“It was just a little swollen. We didn’t want to really put him in that situation today,” Wilks said. “Wanted to try to give him another day to heal. But right now, it’s day-to-day.”

With Sam Bradford slated to be the starting quarterback, every snap Rosen can get during the final two preseason games becomes more and more critical toward his development.

“You can never get enough reps, particularly when you’re talking about a young rookie quarterback,” Wilks said. “Again, it’s day-to-day. Hopefully he’s ready to go this week because again, those reps are valuable.”

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Roster moves

With Peters (knee) and fellow defensive tackles Robert Nkemdiche (foot) and Olsen Pierre (unknown injury) all nursing injuries, the Cardinals on Wednesday signed a pair of free-agent defensive tackles, Tani Tupou and Nigel Williams. In corresponding moves, the team announced it has released tight end Chris Bazile and wide receiver Austin Wolf.

Tupou played in one game for the Falcons last year and spent the majority of the 2017 season on Atlanta’s practice squad. He entered the league in 2016 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Washington, where he played in 33 games and had 37 tackles as a senior.

Williams joined the league last season as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Bills. He was released by Buffalo following the preseason. Williams played in 51 games at Virginia Tech, totaling 73 tackles, 23 of them for loss, with seven sacks and a forced fumble.

Both players were at practice on Wednesday.

“We’re expecting Corey as well as Robert and Olsen to be ready for the opener,” Wilks said, “but of course we’ve got to play these last two preseason games and hopefully these (new) guys can create a spark and show us something.”


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