Arizona Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas' career has been disrupted by injuries, and that trend appears to be continuing as the team placed the Notre Dame product on injured reserve on Tuesday.
On Monday, Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians announced Niklas suffered a severe wrist injury in the team's contest against Buffalo. Arizona has not specified Niklas' exact injury, but it did announce his replacement on the roster Tuesday.
Practice squad tight end Ifeanyi Momah was elevated to the active roster to take Niklas' place as Arizona's third tight end behind Jermaine Gresham and Darren Fells. Momah spent last season with Arizona's practice squad and nearly made the team out of fall camp this season, but was left off the 53-man roster as the Cardinals elected to keep three tight ends ahead of him.
The Cardinals made a handful of roster moves Tuesday, as the team decided to part ways with rookie long snapper Kameron Canaday and fifth round draft pick Marqui Christian. If Christian clears waivers, the Cardinals can sign him to the practice squad.
Canaday was responsible for two errant snaps that cost the Cardinals dearly through the first three weeks of the year. After winning the job to replace long time snapper Mike Leach in camp, Canaday botched a potential game-winning field goal snap against New England in week one and sailed a field goal snap high over the head of punter Drew Butler in week three that led to a Buffalo return touchdown.
Christian was inactive in all three games this season for the Cardinals after an up-and-down preseason.
With the release of Christian and Canaday, the Cardinals now have 51 players on the team's active roster, and will need to add a long snapper prior to Sunday's contest against the Rams. Arizona will also likely add a punter to the team's roster, as Drew Butler injured his Achilles' on Sunday in Buffalo but may remain on the team while injured if the Cardinals elect to keep him as the holder on the field goal unit.
The Cardinals made two other transactions Tuesday afternoon, as the team announced it was cutting outside linebacker Shaquille Riddick from its practice squad and signing former San Francisco 49ers' seventh round draft pick, linebacker Cam Johnson, to its practice squad.
Riddick was a fifth round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2015 who missed out on making the team's 53-man roster this year after a disappointing preseason. Johnson has played for the 49ers, Colts and Browns over a four-year career and spent the majority of the 2015 season with the Browns' practice squad.null