The Arizona Cardinals went Hollywood this offseason. The club will now get a first-hand look at their biggest addition.
Marquise Brown was activated from the non-football injury list on Tuesday, the team announced. Brown has yet to practice with the team during training camp because of a hamstring issue suffered during private workouts.
Brown was acquired by Arizona during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft in exchange for the No. 23 overall pick (the Cards also received a third-rounder). The speedy 25-year-old joins an offense that should cater to his skill set, and adds to a dynamic WR room that features DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Rondale Moore.
Unfortunately, Brown will return to the Cardinals without star quarterback Kyler Murray, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and is isolating for at least five days. The Murray-Brown connection has plenty of past experience to draw on from its playing days at Oklahoma, though.
Brown will get acclimated to Kliff Kingsbury's offense in the meantime, and the third-year veteran is poised for a big role early in the season as Hopkins serves his six-game suspension. Kingsbury told reporters Tuesday that Brown will take part in individual workouts by the end of the week and is expecting the WR to practice at full speed next Monday.
- S Jordan Poyer left Tuesday's practice after sustaining a hyperextended elbow, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Poyer has a chance to still be ready to play in Week 1, Rapoport added.
- WR Amari Cooper (ankle) didn't practice on Tuesday but is expected back soon, per coach Kevin Stefanski.
- TE Jake Ferguson is dealing with a hamstring issue, per coach Mike McCarthy.
- TE Jeremy Sprinkle had an Achilles issue flare up on him during practice, per McCarthy, who adds the team isn't overly concerned.
- LB Jabril Cox is slated for a return to practice on Thursday after sustaining a "ding" to the knee, per McCarthy.
- WR Jameson Williams (knee) remains shelved on the non-football injury list as he recovers from the ACL tear he sustained in college. NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported on Inside Training Camp Live Tuesday that the first-rounder probably starts his rookie season on the NFI list and "the likely timeline for his return is around November."
- S Dane Belton won't need surgery for the broken collarbone he sustained during Saturday's practice, coach Brian Daboll said Tuesday. But the injury halts what Daboll described as a "really good camp" for the rookie.
- OT Tristan Wirfs was quickly carted off during Tuesday's practice, but coach Todd Bowles said on Inside Training Camp Live that the All-Pro was just cramping up.
- Signed left tackle D.J. Humphries to a three-year contract extension through the 2025 season, the team announced. A 2015 NFL Draft first-round draft pick of the Cards, Humphries has been a starter since his rookie season and followed a pair of injury-plagued years (2017-2018) by starting at least 16 games for three consecutive seasons. Humphries made his first career Pro Bowl in 2021. The deal is for a total of $66.8 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.
- Signed OL Rashaad Coward.
- Released WR Christian Blake.
- Free-agent tight end Chris Herndon is expected to sign with the Saints, per Rapoport.
- WR Kawaan Baker was suspended the first six games of the season for violating the league's PED policy.
- Worked out QB Kurt Benkert on Tuesday, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reports. Garafolo adds that Houston will stick with their three QBs for now, but Benkert could be in play down the line.
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