GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01: Runningback LaRod Stephens-Howling #36 of the Arizona Cardinals is helped up by Reagan Maui'a #45 and Todd Heap #86 after Stephens-Howling scored on a 19 yard touchdown reception against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter of the preseason NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Due to the neck injury to undrafted fullback Jared Crank, it became necessary for the Arizona Cardinals to make a roster move. So that Anthony Sherman was not the only fullback on the roster, the team re-signed fullback Reagan Maui'a and released offensive lineman Chris Stewart.
It is the seventh time that the Cardinals have signed Maui'a to a contract.
Maui'a (6-0, 265) played in three games last season for the Cardinals after appearing in 15 games with four starts in 2010 with Arizona. He originally signed with the Cardinals on August 5, 2009 during training camp but was released in the team's final roster cut that year. Maui'a started two games in 2008 for the Cincinnati Bengals and was inactive for three others after being claimed off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on September 3, 2008. He originally entered the league with the Dolphins as a sixth round selection (181st) in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Hawaii. He has appeared in 36 career games (18 starts) and has four carries for five yards and five receptions for 37 yards.
Maui'a will wear jersey #42.
However, don't expect him on the final 53-man roster. That is reserved for Sherman.
Maui'a was brought in to be a camp body. The only way he sticks to the final roster is to either due to an untimely injury to Anthony Sherman or he plays his tail off in a way that would keep him off.
Since this is the seventh time he is with the team, we can safely assume that he is on the squad at this point becasue of his experience with the team. Once Crank is set, you can probably expect another departure by Maui'a.
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