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Arizona Cardinals activate Zach Allen along with flurry of other roster moves

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The Arizona Cardinals have made a number of roster moves heading into their game against the New England Patriots.

From the team:

Activated defensive lineman Zach Allen from the injured reserve/designated for return list

– Signed tight end Evan Baylis to the active roster from the practice squad

– Placed tight end Darrell Daniels (ankle) and defensive lineman Josh Mauro (hamstring) on injured reserve

– Elevated defensive lineman Michael Dogbe (DOG-bee), running back D.J. Foster, and cornerback Jace Whittaker to the active roster from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements

– Elevated defensive lineman Stacy McGee to the active roster from the practice squad as a standard elevation

Allen (6-5, 285) was originally placed on injured reserve (ankle) on October 27. He played in Arizona’s first seven games this season (two starts) and had 11 tackles and one sack. Allen joined the Cardinals as a third-round selection (65th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Boston College and played in four games (one start) as a rookie and had eight tackles.

Baylis (6-5, 250) has played in four games this season with the Cardinals after originally joining Arizona’s practice squad on September 29. He came to Arizona after spending training camp with Green Bay. Baylis played in five games with the Packers last season and had three special teams tackles. The 27-year old Baylis entered the league in 2017 with Houston as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Oregon and played one game with the Texans as a rookie.

Dogbe (6-3, 280) has played in two games this season for the Cardinals after being elevated from the practice squad, including last week against Seattle when he had his first career sack. The 24-year old Dogbe played in eight games as a rookie in 2019 and had five tackles, one tackle for loss and one quarterback after originally joining the team as a seventh-round selection (249th overall) in the NFL Draft out of Temple.

Foster (6-0, 195) has played in five games this year for the Cardinals and has one carry for two yards and one reception for seven yards after beginning the season on Arizona’s practice squad. He played in six games with the Cardinals last season prior to being placed on injured reserve (hamstring). A former Arizona State standout, the 27-year old Foster is a Scottsdale, AZ native who came to the Cardinals in 2017 and had 336 all-purpose yards (19 rushing, 133 receiving and 184 return yards) in seven games after joining the team from New England’s practice squad in Week 2.

McGee (6-3, 341) signed with the Cardinals practice squad on Tuesday. He is in his eighth season in the league after previously playing with Oakland (2013-16), Washington (2017-18) and Carolina (2019). The 30-year old McGee has appeared in 79 games in his career and has 118 tackles (75 solo), 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 quarterback hits. He originally entered the league with the Raiders as a sixth-round selection (205th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma.

Whittaker (5-11, 185) has played in three games this season with the Cardinals and has two tackles on defense and two special teams tackles. He joined the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent from the University of Arizona and was signed to the practice squad following training camp. While at Arizona, Whittaker played in 49 games (32 starts), including starting all 12 games as a senior in 2019 when had three interceptions to go along with 55 tackles, six passes defensed and one sack.

Allen will wear jersey #94, Baylis will wear #89, Dogbe will wear #91, Foster will wear #37, McGee will wear #65, and Whittaker will wear jersey #39.