Outside linebacker Markus Golden’s season-ending knee injury has forced the Cardinals to do some shuffling at their linebacker spots.
Kareem Martin will start in place of Golden, and the return of Deone Bucannon at money linebacker gives coaches the freedom to move first-round pick Haason Reddick to outside linebacker. He could back up Martin in the base defense and become a key part of nickel and dime packages.
“That’s up to the coaches’ discretion,” Reddick said. “I was asked to help out there, which I’m willing to do, but how much I play or how often I’m there, I’m not sure. Learning on the fly is part of the job.”
Reddick was an excellent pass rusher in his last two years at Temple, and his flexibility gives coordinator James Bettcher options in how to use him.
Reddick, from Paterson, N.J., will have plenty and family friends at the game in Philadelphia.
“Expecting a lot, almost the whole city,” Reddick said.
The Cardinals will leave Arizona on Friday, which should give Reddick time to take some teammates to his favorite place for cheesesteaks: Max’s on Germantown Avenue.
“I’ve been bragging about it, tell them what’s the right way (to order),” he said. “I get it with mayonnaise, ketchup, American cheese. I don’t put onions on it. I don’t do Cheez Whiz. Cheez Whiz is a tourist attraction. Anybody that’s really from the area, I’ve never seen them put Cheez Whiz on their cheesesteaks. That’s a little bizarre.”
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On Tuesday, Scooby Wright was promoted from the practice squad. He’s an inside linebacker, so he and Josh Bynes are now the backups to Bucannon and Karlos Dansby.
Earlier in the week, the Cardinals considered promoting one of their two outside linebackers on the practice squad, but that hasn’t happened.
The Cardinals lost one of those players, Obum Gwacham, on Tuesday. He signed with the Jets. Gwacham signed with the Cardinals on Sept. 4.
Linebacker Earl Okine remains on the practice squad. On Wednesday, the Cardinals announced they signed outside linebacker Vontarrius Dora to the practice squad. Dora, 6-feet-4-inches and 256 pounds, spent most of last season on the Broncos’ practice squad. He was released by the Broncos after this year’s preseason games.
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Left tackle D.J. Humphries (knee) and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (calf) did not practice on Wednesday.
Guard Alex Boone (pectoral) was limited, and Arians is hopeful Boone will be able to play against the Eagles.
Also limited on Wednesday were receiver John Brown (quadriceps), linebacker Josh Bynes (groin), Dansby (knee), defensive tackle Josh Mauro (calf) and receiver J.J. Nelson (hamstring and tooth).
Four Eagles did not practice: defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (calf), cornerback Ronald Darby (ankle), defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (heel) and running back Wendell Smallwood (knee).
Guard/tackle Earl Watford, who left the team for Jacksonville via free agency in the spring, re-joined the Cardinals this week.
The Jaguars cut Watford at the end of the preseason, and he spent the last month hoping a new team, or his old one, would call. Watford didn’t screen his calls.
“If it was a 1-855 or a 1-800, I was still going to answer it,” he said. “I didn’t really care. Just somebody call me.”
Open for business
Arians and his wife, Christine, have launched the Arizona Family Foundation Gift Shop on the foundation’s website, ariansfamilyfoundation.org.
All proceeds from the gift shop go directly to the foundation, which is partnering with New Era and State Forty Eight.
Items available for purchase include New Era Cardinals hats and “No Risk it No Biscuit” T-shirts by State Forty Eight.