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Arizona Cardinals announce signing of Marion Grice, release Drew Butler

The Cards steal a guy away from the Chargers

Stephen Dunn

The Arizona Cardinals have stolen a player from the San Diego ChargersAccording to U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken, The team has announced it has signed San Diego Chargers practice squad player, running back Marion Grice.

Grice was a possible promotion to the Chargers' active roster, as the team placed Danny Woodhead on injured reserve, ending his season.

Grice played college ball at Arizona State, where he scored 41 touchdowns in two seasons. He is 6-0, 208 pounds. He can catch the ball, he is a very fluid runner, but he does not have elite speed. His 40 times were in the 4.5-4.6 range.

The Cardinals were aware of the Chargers' situation and chose to pick him up before he had a chance to be promoted to the active roster there.

To make room for Grice, the team released punter Drew Butler, who had been filling in for the injured Dave Zastudil.

Jalen Parmele remains on the team for now. Parmele was signed last week to be the team's short yardage back. In his one carry on Sunday on third and one. he did not pick up the first down.

The Cardinals saw Grice in the preseason. In their game to end the preseason, he carried the ball 17 times for 79 yards.

I saw every game Grice played at ASU.

He has great vision and patience. He does pretty much everything pretty well. He can run, catch and block. But he isn't super fast. I believe he has the tools to have a career like Chester Taylor. Taylor was about the same size. He lasted in the league 10 years, most as a reserve. He did have a 1200-yard year with the Vikings, but mostly filled the role of backup/third down back/special teams guy.

What do you think of the signing?