We got hints that Ali Highsmith's knee injury could be serious yesterday and today our fears were validated. The Arizona Cardinals have placed him on IR after tearing up his right knee. Highsmith was having a good rookie season and was a very solid contributor on special teams, just ask Leodis McKelvin. McKelvin received a vicious blow from Highsmith in the Buffalo game. Highsmith finishes his season with four tackles in six games after making the roster despite being undrafted. The coaching staff has praised him since the first day of camp and hopefully he'll be able to return next year and be ready for the start of camp. Highsmith's best game was the preseason opener against the Saints when he finished with six tackles and was crucial in a great goal line stand.
The Cardinals signed Pago Togafau who was with the team after not being drafted last year. He was cut at the end of camp but caught on with the Eagles and played in seven games (registering six tackles). He's an undersized linebacker (5'10 240) who specializes on special teams. He was actually the leading tackler for the Cardinals in last year's preseason opener if anyone's memory is that good. Togafau was on the Saints practice squad prior to getting the call from the Cardinals.