The Arizona Cardinals addressed their injury situation with a pair of roster moves on Thanksgiving Day. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who was set to miss this week's game with a chest injury, was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Because of the injuries to the defensive line, the Cardinals added veteran defensive tackle Red Bryant.
Bryant (6-4, 323) is a seven-year NFL veteran who started all 16 games last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and had 22 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two tackles for loss. He spent the first six years of his career with Seattle after being drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round (121st overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M.
In his career, Bryant has started 71 of the 80 games that he has played, collecting 142 tackles (93 solos), 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, seven passes defensed and 14 tackles for loss. Over the past four seasons, Bryant started 63 of a possible 64 games, only missing one contest in 2013. He has also blocked four kicks in his career, three field goals and one PAT in 2011.
He was released by Jacksonville on March 12 and spent training camp with Buffalo before being released on September 5.
Bryant will wear jersey #71.
Arizona is expected to have three defenisve linemen out on Sunday -- Cory Redding, Ed Stinson and Forstee Rucker. That left them with only four in the rotation. Bryant adds needed depth and a veteran presence.
With Woodley now done for the year, the main rotation at outside linebacker will now be Alex Okafor, Dwught Freeney and much more Markus Golden. Kareem Martin might get a few defensive snaps and it is possible Shaq Riddick could be active. However, the bulk of the playing time will go to Okafor, Freeney and Golden.