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Cardinals re-sign Kerwynn Williams to active roster

The Arizona Cardinals re-signed running back Kerwynn Williams after releasing quarterback Zac Dysert Monday.

Last week, the Arizona Cardinals signed running back Kerwynn Williams to replace veteran Chris Johnson who was placed on the team's injured reserve list with a groin injury.

However, Williams' stint with Arizona was short-lived, as Williams was released two days after signing with the team to clear room for the Cardinals to activate backup quarterback Zac Dysert from the practice squad. The Cardinals needed Dysert in uniform Thursday night against the 49ers because quarterback Carson Palmer was sidelined with a concussion, but all signs point to Palmer's return for the Cardinals' Monday night game against the New York Jets.

On Monday, the Cardinals released Dysert, clearing the way for an additional roster spot, and on Tuesday, the Cardinals announced they once again signed Williams to build the team's running back depth.

The Utah State product spent portions of the 2014 and 2015 season with the Cardinals, but was cut at the end of training camp this season as Arizona elected to move forward with Andre Ellington as the team's third running back and Stepfan Taylor as the team's fourth running back.

Arizona did not elect to keep Williams on the practice squad, instead signing undrafted rookie Elijhaa Penny as the lone running back on the Cardinals' practice squad. However, once Johnson went down with a groin injury against the Los Angeles Rams, Arizona called Williams to return to the team as an additional running back.

In 11 career regular season games with the Cardinals, Williams has 80 carries for 388 yards which averages out to 4.9 yards per rushing attempt. Williams' lone touchdown came during the 2015 season, when he spent six games with Arizona.

Williams also started for the Cardinals in a 2014 playoff game against Carolina when Arizona was decimated by injuries and without both Palmer and backup Drew Stanton. In that game, Williams carried 10 times for 23 yards. 

If Williams can stay healthy, he appears poised to stick with the Cardinals for the remainder of the season, or at least until Johnson becomes healthy and Arizona decides whether to active him from the injured reserve list.

Arizona is able to bring one player off of the injured reserve list after a player has been on the list for eight weeks, and it appears either Johnson or safety Tyvon Branch, who also suffered a groin injury against Los Angeles, are the leading candidates. 


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