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Arizona Cardinals News: The Cuts Have Been Made

The Arizona Cardinals have started making their cuts to get down to the required 53 players on the roster. Arizona cut 25 different players today and moved two to the injured reserved list, bringing their total down to the limit. Here are the story updates from Seth Pollack at SB Nation Arizona. 

Even more interesting than the players cut are some of the names that have been kept on the roster. Hit the jump to find out who is in and who is out. 

Here's the list of the players that were cut (taken from SB Nation Arizona): 

  • Cornerback FRED BENNETT
  • Center BEN CLAXTON
  • Quarterback BRODIE CROYLE
  • Linebacker WILL DAVIS
  • Punter BEN GRAHAM
  • Cornerback MARSHAY GREEN
  • Defensive end KENNY IWEBEMA
  • Tackle/Guard CLIFF LOUIS
  • Defensive tackle RICKY LUMPKIN
  • Fullback REAGAN MAUI'A
  • Defensive end JEREMY NAVARRE
  • Wide receiver AARON NICHOLS
  • Cornerback BRYANT NNABUIFE
  • Linebacker CYRIL OBIOZOR
  • Center KRIS O'DOWD
  • Running back WILLIAM POWELL
  • Linebacker KENDALL SMITH
  • Linebacker PAGO TOGAFAU
  • Cornerback THAD TURNER
  • Safety MATT WARE
  • Wide receiver ISAIAH WILLIAMS
  • Tackle D.J. YOUNG
The biggest surprises to me are the both of the Ben's. Ben Claxton was expected to fill the backup center role behind Lyle Sendlein, but apparently the team feels comfortable with Rex Hadnot taking over that role if need be. Ben Graham has been a pretty good punter during his time with the Cardinals, so to see Dave Zastudil beat him out for the starting job is a bit of a shocker. 

Other than that, there were no huge surprises. Floyd Womack and Sean Jeffcoat were the two players placed on injured reserve. I thought Matt Ware might have had a chance to make the roster, but apparently the team is feeling good about Adrian Wilson's return. Brodie Croyle really didn't get much of a chance to show that he could be a quarterback on this roster, so he was cut as well. 

Here's one thing we need to be aware of before we jump to any conclusions about the players that were kept on the roster:

Whiz: "This is written in pencil right now. This is not the 53 who will face Carolina next week."less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

The team will be making more changes, there is now no doubt in my mind. A running back will likely be added and maybe even a secondary player or two. 

Darren Urban pointed out something very interesting, which was that the team decided to keep five tight ends and nine linebackers on the roster for now. Obviously that will change as September 11th nears, but for now it just looks a bit strange. Quan Sturdivant could get a roster spot, along with veteran Reggie Walker

Now we will wait to see what players the team decides to put on the practice squad.