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Arizona Cardinals re-sign Marcus Benard as John Abraham leaves team, contemplates retirement

His concussion apparently is causing him to rethink playing this season.

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The Arizona Cardinals announced on Tuesday they re-signed linebacker Marcus Benard, who was among final cuts, as veteran John Abraham has left the team. The team was granted a temporary roster exemption.

He suffered a concussion in the third quarter of the team's Monday night game and left the game.

According to a report, Abraham has been suffering from severe memory loss for the last year.

Head coach Bruce Arians said that Abraham is taking time to decide whether he wants to continue playing. He has five days to make a decision before the Cardinals would have to end his season.

The past few months have been eventful. He was arrested in June and charged with DUI. He spent time in rehab, missing the first three weeks of training camp. He reported August 14.

Arians commented on what the veteran told him. He indicated Abraham admitted sometimes on Monday night, "he just wasn't in the game," saying that he should have been fired up for the season opener on Monday Night Football.

Abraham's absence is yet another blow to a defense that has been missing playmakers. Daryl Washington was suspended for the season. Karlos Dansby left in free agency. Darnell Dockett tore his ACL. Tyrann Mathieu still is not back from his knee injury.

Can the team weather yet another loss?

For the team's sake, hopefully he finds that fire and motivation to play and returns to the team. But at the same time, hopefully he can get things right in his life.