A day after making 13 roster transactions, the Arizona Cardinals made two more in order to cut the team's roster down from 90 players to 75 ahead of Tuesday's midday league-wide deadline.
The Cardinals announced the team reached an injury settlement with veteran cornerback Alan Ball and placed undrafted rookie free agent Elie Bouka on injured reserve Tuesday. On Monday, Arizona placed veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins on injured reserve a day after Jenkins suffered a torn ACL in the team's third preseason contest.
With Ball, Bouka and Jenkins now out of the Cardinals' competition for a roster spot as the team's fourth cornerback, the battle for the job has come down to Cariel Brooks and sixth round draft pick Harlan Miller. Among the 11 players Arizona released Monday were two cornerbacks with previous NFL experience in Asa Jackson and Shaun Prater.
Aside from Brooks and Miller, Arizona still has two additional cornerbacks on the roster who could conceivably contend for a roster spot in undrafted rookies Trevon Hartfield and Ronald Zamort, but those players are likely fighting for an opportunity to sign with Arizona's practice squad.
Patrick Peterson, Justin Bethel and third round draft pick Brandon Williams are the three corners who are locks to make the team's 53-man roster at this point, but Bethel and Williams are still competing for the right to start opposite of Peterson when the Cardinals begin their season against the New England Patriots.
Now that the Cardinals' roster is down to 75 players, the team will host the Denver Broncos in their fourth and final preseason contest Thursday evening. After Thursday's game, the Cardinals will have less than 48 hours to meet a league-wide deadline on Saturday to finalize the team's 53-man roster for the 2016 season.
Once the Cardinals finalize their 53-man roster, Arizona can then assemble its practice squad which may include up to 10 players.
Because of questions about the team's depth along the offensive line and at cornerback, Cardinals' general manager Steve Keim may elect to pursue an additional outside option for the team's 53-man roster if a player from another franchise is cut or waived prior to Saturday's deadline. Keim also has the freedom to look at outside options for the Cardinals' practice squad.null