A day after establishing their 53-man active roster, the Cardinals whittled it to down to 49 and brought it back up again with the release of four players followed by the addition of a trio of waiver claims and a free-agent signing.
The Cardinals were awarded waiver claims on defensive tackle Garrison Smith, who was released by the Falcons, and a pair of offensive tackles in Blaine Clausell (Panthers) and Jeremy Vujnovich (Colts). In addition, the team also signed defensive end Zach Moore, who spent last season with Carolina.
To make room on the roster, the Cardinals waived/injured defensive end Vontarrius Dorra and safety A.J. Howard, released reserve guard/center Evan Boehm and tackle Will Holden. Boehm was a fourth-round pick by the Cardinals in 2016 and is now the fourth player from that Arizona draft class of six no longer with the club.
The Cardinals also began building their 10-man practice squad with the signing of seven players, each of whom was among the final roster cuts on Saturday. The seven players brought back were running back Elijhaa Penny, quarterback Charles Kanoff, offensive tackle Will House, defensive end Alec James, defensive tackle Pasoni Tasini, wide receiver Jalen Tolliver and tight end Andrew Vollert.
Cornerback Tavierre Thomas, whom the Cardinals cut on Saturday, was claimed on waivers by the Browns on Sunday.
Smith, 26, is 6-foot-1, 295 pounds, and entered the league with the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie out of Georgia. He’s also spent time with the Saints, 49ers and Seahawks before signing with the Falcons in April. He has played in 11 career NFL games, all with Seattle the past two seasons. He played in eight games for the Seahawks in 2017 and had nine tackles.
Clausell, 26, is 6-6, 330, and was an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi State who initially signed with the Ravens in 2015. He’s also spent time on the Patriots’ practice squad, the Redskins’ active roster and spent the past two seasons in Carolina, where he was on both the practice squad and active roster.
He replaces Holden on the depth chart as the backup right tackle to Andre Smith.
Vujnovich, 27, is 6-5, 300, and also was an undrafted rookie who initially signed with the Packers out of Louisiana College. He spent time on Green Bay’s practice squad in 2014 and 2015. He then signed with the Colts and last year, was named the team’s starting left guard by then-head coach Chuck Pagano. Vujnovich started all 16 games.
He replaces Boehm on the depth chart as the second-string left guard behind Mike Iupati.
Of the 42 draft picks, the Cardinals have made since Steve Keim took over as general manager in 2013, a total 24 are no longer in the organization.
Moore, 27, is 6-6, 295, and was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2014 out of Concordia-St. Paul. He played in eight games for New England as a rookie before playing one game for the Vikings in 2015 and splitting the 2016 season between Dallas and San Francisco. He has appeared in 10 career games.
Moore spent the first 11 weeks of last season on the Panthers’ practice squad before being elevated to the active roster, where he was inactive for the final five games of the regular season.
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