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Arizona Cardinals sign pair of running backs in Alfred Morris and Zach Zenner

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The Arizona Cardinals announced a pair of signings on Wednesday as they get ready for the New Orleans Saints and then a quick turnaround against the NFC leading San Francisco 49ers.

We knew about the incoming signing of Alfred Morris, as the backup running back the Cardinals could lean on if David Johnson is again limited, but they are also signing Zach Zenner, as it appears that the injury to D.J. Foster is more severe than first thought.

From the team:

Morris (5-10, 222) has appeared in 104 games (70 starts) with the 49ers (2018), Cowboys (2016-17) and Redskins (2012-15) in his NFL career and has 1,373 carries for 5,931 yards (4.3-yard avg.) and 34 touchdowns while also catching 65 passes for 494 yards. The 30-year old Morris entered the league with Washington as a sixth-round pick (173rd overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Florida Atlantic. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Redskins (2012-13) after rushing for 2,888 yards in his first two seasons, raking second in the NFL (Adrian Peterson) in rushing during that period.

As a rookie in 2012, Morris rushed for 1,613 yards, the fourth highest total by a rookie in NFL history. Morris played 12 games (one start) with the 49ers last season and ran for 428 yards and two touchdowns on 111 carries. He spent the preseason with the Cowboys prior to being released on September 7.

Zenner (5-11, 224) played last Sunday with New Orleans and had one carry and one reception for six yards prior to being released by the Saints yesterday. He played in 36 games (six starts) with the Lions the past four seasons (2015-18) and had 685 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 174 carries to go along with 27 receptions for 263 yards and 10 special teams tackles.

Zenner originally joined the Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 out of South Dakota State. The 28-year old Zenner was released by the Lions following training camp and signed with the Saints on October 16.

Morris will wear jersey #36 and Zenner will wear #22.

In a corresponding move, the team released cornerback and special teamer Trevor Williams.

Welcome to the desert, gentlemen.