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Arizona Cardinals promote LB Zack Nash to active roster, cut FB Maui'a

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The undrafted rookie will likely not see the field though.

Grant Halverson

The Arizona Cardinals announced a roster move on Monday, promoting linebacker Zack Nash from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. To make room for him, the team released fullback Reagan Maui'a, whose roster spot became expendable when Anthony Sherman got healthy.

The team also added another player to the practice squad. Linebacker Tim Fugger takes Nash's place on the practice squad. Fugger (6-4, 248) spent the preseason with the Colts after he was a seventh-round selection (214th overall) by Indianapolis in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt. He was released by the Colts on August 31. At Vanderbilt, Fugger started in 31-of-47 games, recording 90 tackles (53 solo), 14.0 sacks, eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five passes defensed and one interception.

Why Nash was promoted when the team already has linebackers to spare is unknown. It could be to reward him for his work in practice. It could be that another team was going to sign him from the practice squad and the Cards didn't want to lose him. Perhaps there is an injury among the linebackers that the team has not yet announced.

At outside linebacker, O'Brien Schofield and Sam Acho start, Quentin Groves gets reps and Jamaal Westerman does not play. Stewart Bradley also can play on the outside but has seen very little tie on the field.

Even with the move of Nash to the active roster, there i no reason to think he is going to jump into games.