Starting free safety Kerry Rhodes, after having surgery to repair his broken foot, is going to be sidelined for at least a month. With Adrian Wilson, Hamza Abdullah and Rashad Johnson the only other safeties on the roster, a move had to be made. That move has been made.
To add to the safety corp, the Cardinals signed Sean Considine, a six-year veteran, previously playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. To make room for Considine, punter Ben Graham, re-signed just a week ago to spell Dave Zastudil, was released. It makes the second time Graham was cut by the team in just over a month.
Signing a safety was not a surprise. What perhaps was surprising was the fact that it was not Matt Ware, who was with the team in the preseason and was cut when Adrian Wilson proved he was going to be able to play.
For those of you wondering why Graham was let go, it shouldn't be a surprise. The coaching staff felt that Zastudil was the better punter for the team before the season. That wasn't going to change after one stand-in. In fact, it may well have been a favor to him, basically giving him a tryout on film. He had a couple of punts downed deep, but his low punt led to a big return that had the Vikings just outside the red zone in the first quarter.
It is assumed, at least for now, that Rashad Johnson will start in place of Rhodes.
The injuries in the secondary have definitely taken their toll. Greg Toler's knee injury pushed Patrick Peterson into the starting lineup. Had Toler not gotten hurt, the signing might not have been necessary. Peterson saw several positions in training camp, including some packages at safety. He could have stepped in in Johnson's spot as a reserve.
What do you guys think of the signing? How do you see him being used? Should Johnson be worried?