Arizona Cardinals release O'Brien Schofield, place Ryan Swope on reserved/retired list, announce signings

Christian Petersen

A flurry of roster moves on the first day of training camp

The Arizona Cardinals officially announced the signing of veterans Eric Winston and John Abraham. That was expected. They also made three other roster moves.

They released linebacker O'Brien Schofield, whose place in the rotation became very much in doubt after the acquisition of Abraham. He is hopeful to hear from other teams soon.

Sixth round draft pick, receiver Ryan Swope also saw his time with the Cardinals, and his NFL career, end prematurely. The team placed him on the reserved/retired list, and released this statement:

"We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue," said Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim. "But weighing all the elements - the medical information available, the particular position in the draft - it was a decision we were comfortable making. As it turned out, he had a setback after he got here. Over the course of the subsequent evaluations, we all decided that Ryan's long-term well-being was the number-one priority and this was the best course to take."

Additionally, the team added linebacker Kenny Rowe. Rowe (6-3, 232) was with San Francisco the past two years in training camp after originally entering the NFL as a rookie free agent with the 49ers in 2011. He played collegiately at Oregon (2007-10) and saw action in 52 games and totaled 109 tackles, 23.5 sacks, and 37.5 tackles for loss. He had a career-high 11.5 sacks as a junior and followed that up with a team-leading seven sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss as a senior in 2010.

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