The Arizona Cardinals had three vacancies on the active roster open up with the announcement that cornerback Antonio Hamilton was played on the non-football injury list and that receiver Antoine Wesley and safety Charles Washington were placed on injured reserve.
To fill those vacancies, the Cardinals re-signed three players they released earlier in the week. They announced the re-signing of long snapper Aaron Brewer, tight end Stephen Anderson and cornerback Christian Matthew.
Brewer and Anderson were both released before 53-man rosters were set Tuesday, although the return of Brewer was expected. They released him to be able to carry an injured player for a day before placing them on injured reserve, which makes them eligible to return after a minimum of four games, rather than missing the season.
Anderson’s return would seem to signal that the team is not sure whether tight end Maxx Williams, returning from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 5 last season, will be healthy enough to play in the team’s season opener next weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs. He gives the Cardinals four tight ends on the roster with Williams, Zach Ertz and rookie Trey McBride.
Matthew, a seventh-round rookie out of Valdosta State who had a solid preseason and camp, initially made the 53-man roster but was released after the team was awarded cornerback Javelin Guidry on a waiver claim. He cleared waivers on Thursday, going unclaimed, and re-signed with the team.
He gives the Cardinals five cornerbacks on the active roster with Byron Murphy, Marco Wilson Trayvon Mullen and Guidry.
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