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NFL roster moves: Chris Clemons officially to IR, Cariel Brooks promoted from practice squad

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Arizona brings up a corner to give some depth in the defensive backfield.

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The Arizona Cardinals finished off the roster moves they were anticipated to make. As expected, safety Chris Clemons was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's 42-17 won over the Detroit Lions. To replace him on the roster, the Cardinals elevated cornerback Cariel Brooks from the practice squad.

Brooks (5-10, 200) signed with the Cardinals in May as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Adams State. After being released in the team's final roster cut on September 5, Brooks was re-signed to the practice squad the following day where he has spent the first five weeks of the season. In three years at Adams State, Brooks totaled 99 tackles (82 solos), eight interceptions and 31 passes defensed.

Brooks was one of the team's undrafted preseason standouts and almost made the team. Had they not kept Clemons as a fifth safety, Brooks would have likely bee on the roster to start the season.

The move balances out the defensive backfield. They now have four safeties and four cornerbacks on the 53-man roster.

To replace Brooks on the practice squad, the Cardinals brought in safety Durell Eskridge.

Eskridge (6-3, 207) entered the NFL this year with the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent from Syracuse. He spent training camp and the preseason with the Jets until he was released on September 5. While at Syracuse, Eskridge played in 37 games (26 starts) in three seasons, collecting 182 tackles, 2.5 sacks, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.