LBs Coming, Going, and Making Comebacks

The Cards signed former Cleveland Browns' draft pick LB Alex Hall, releasing Cyril Obiozor in the process

Arizona signed Alex Hall, a seventh-round pick of Cleveland in 2008, to provide some depth at outside linebacker.  Hall, 6’5″, 250 lbs., had a very active off-season.  He was part of a multi-player-and-pick trade between the Browns and Eagles, the Eagles cut him before camp, he signed with the Giants, and then was cut before the season.  Now, he’s a Cardinal.

The Cards released Cyril Obiozor to make room.  Obiozor was signed from waivers after the 53-man cut down before the start of the regular season.  Darren Urban reports that the Cards may want to bring Obiozor back if he clears waivers again.

In other linebacker news, rookie O’Brien Schofield believes he will play this season after tearing his ACL during a Senior Bowl practice in January of this year.  How certain is it that Schofield will make his NFL debut this season?  “Oh, I’m playing,” he said confidently.  “If I’m feeling 90-plus percent, I’m playing,” Schofield added.  “I know they’re not going to throw me in the fire.  I’m probably going to play special teams but once I get that game flow back, I’ll be ready to go.”

Schofield is currently on the reserve/non-football injury list, which means the following, according to Darren Urban’s research over at the Cards’ official website:

Arizona has from the day after the 6th week until the day after the 9th week to begin a 21-day practice period for a player on either list.  The Club then must decide prior to the expiration of that 21-day period whether or not to place the player on the Active/Inactive 53-man roster or keep him on PUP or NFI for the rest of the season.  Conceivably, a team could begin that 21-day practice period on the day after the 9th week thus delaying your roster decision until the day after week 12. That could/would buy more time for Schofield to rehab.”

It’s not a foregone conclusion that O’Brien would make into onto the active roster, even if he’s ready to go.  After all, he’s a rookie that, besides recovering from an injury, is way behind in development, a fact that Schofield acknowledged.  “The only thing that’ll probably stop me from playing is not knowing what I am doing,” Schofield explained. “I’ve been studying crazy with it. I’m just trying to get back into football mode because it’s been eight months since I wore a pair of cleats.  Those three weeks of practice (I will get) will be very important for me.  I have to take practice like it is camp for me and beat my body up a little bit so I am ready to go.”


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