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Cardinals release Dysert, roster spot opens

The Arizona Cardinals released quarterback Zac Dysert and will likely try to add him to the practice squad.

With starting quarterback Carson Palmer sidelined with a concussion last week, the Arizona Cardinals were forced to elevate de facto third-string quarterback Zac Dysert from the team's practice squad.

Dysert served as the Cardinals' backup of second-string signal-caller Drew Stanton in the team's 33-21 victory over San Francisco Thursday, but was never forced into action. 

On Monday, the Cardinals released Dysert, which suggests the team plans on Palmer being healthy enough to play in Monday evening's contest against the New York Jets.

As long as Dysert clears waivers, which is likely considering teams do not adjust their quarterback depth much during the regular season, the Cardinals will probably re-sign Dysert to the team's practice squad within the next 24-to-48 hours.

One team that may have interest in placing a waiver claim on Dysert, though, is the Cleveland Browns, who have had four different quarterbacks injured during the first five weeks of the regular season. Dysert, though, is the Cardinals' emergency option, and will not challenge Stanton for his status as Palmer's backup.

In addition to releasing Dysert, the Cardinals announced the team signed offensive lineman Martin Wallace to the team's practice squad.

Wallace has experience playing both guard and tackle, and has played in one NFL game during his career since being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Temple by the Cleveland Browns in 2013. 

Wallace joins a Cardinals' organization limited in its offensive line depth after the team placed free agent signee Evan Mathis on injured reserve this week with an ankle injury. Mathis' injury forced the Cardinals to sign Ulrick John off the Miami Dolphins' practice squad to provide depth for an already thin offensive line. 


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