The Arizona Cardinals made it official and released three players to make room for three more on the 53-man roster. Running back Chester Taylor was signed to a one-year contract after being released by the Bears and cornerbacks Korey Lindsey and Crezdon Butler give depth the team needed after cutting ties with Marshay Green and Fred Bennett.
To make room, the team parted company with defensive end Ronald Talley, tight end Stephen Spach and rookie linebacker Quan Sturdivant. Sturdivant is the only rookie from the 2011 NFL Draft class not to make the Cardinals 53-man roster.
Korey Lindsey is a seventh-round pick in this year's draft selected by the Bengals. He played his college ball at Southern Illinois where he was a first-team All-American in his last two years for his ability to be a "shut down" corner.
Crezdon Butler is a former fifth-round pick (Clemson, 2010) of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Butler saw action in just four games with the Steelers in 2010. In a preseason game this year against Atlanta, Butler recorded nine tackles and returned an interception 95-yards for a touchdown.
With the acquisitions of Lindsey and Butler, the Cardinals opted to go with six cornerbacks and only four safeties. That would confirm the team is comfortable with Adrian Wilson's (bicep) rehab. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said recently that both Wilson, and cornerback Michael Adams (knee) would be ready for Week 1 barring any setbacks.
The Cardinals also announced the following practice squad signings:
The Cardinals have also re-signed to the team's practice squad cornerback MARSHAY GREEN, defensive tackle RICKY LUMPKIN, wide receiver ISAIAH WILLIAMS, and tackle D.J. YOUNG. All four spent the preseason with the Cardinals and were released in the final cutdown to 53. In addition, the Cardinals have signed center RYAN BARTHOLOMEW and wide receiver BRANDYN HARVEY to the practice squad.