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The Cardinals on Tuesday placed CB Malcolm Butler on the reserve/retired list. That came a day after NFL Network's Mike Garafolo surprising report that a "personal situation" had Butler considering hanging 'em up. That leaves Byron Murphy and Robert Alford as the top 2 CBs for Arizona. The 3rd isn't yet clear, but 4th-round rookie Marco Wilson might be trending toward occupying that spot. We'll see whether the Cardinals add a contender for the role.

The Cardinals on Monday activated DE J.J. Watt off the PUP list. Watt had been easing back in after he hurt a hamstring during the conditioning test at the start of camp. "We wanted to make sure we were really cautious, make sure he felt 100 percent before we got him back out there," HC Kliff Kingsbury said before practice, per ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. Watt added: "We definitely took our time." Barring some setback, expect Watt to be ready for the season.

The Cardinals placed DE J.J. Watt on the PUP list Wednesday after the veteran experienced hamstring soreness following Tuesday's conditioning test. According to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss, Watt said he doesn't expect to practice Thursday and isn't sure when he'll return to the field. "We're gonna take it very slow and be very smart about it," Watt said. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but there's no reason for panic at this point.

The Cardinals selected Tulsa LB Zaven Collins with the 16th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Collins is enormous, at 6’5, 259, but his 4.71-second 40 time gives him a 70th-percentile speed score among LBs. Collins made plays regularly in the backfield, logging 25 tackles for loss over his 32 games. He added 8 career passes defensed, with 4 INTs in 2020 alone (8 games). Collins could immediately challenge the roles of either 2020 first-rounder Isaiah Simmons or EDGE Devon Kennard. Simmons never settled into a regular role as a rookie and could remain a moving piece. We'll see what Arizona reveals about its plan.

The Cardinals have agreed to a 2-year, $9 million deal with EDGE Markus Golden, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Golden originally broke through with 12.5 sacks for the Cardinals back in 2016 and then made his way back to Arizona last season after a year and a half with the Giants. He supplied 14 QB hits across 9 contests with the 2020 Cardinals and should be a favorite to land at least a top-3 spot in the 2021 edge rotation.

DE J.J. Watt is signing with the Cardinals, he reports. Multiple other reports say it's a 2-year deal worth $31 million, with $23 million of that guaranteed. (So it sounds like a pact he's likely to complete.) Watt will join an Arizona defense that jumped from 20th in Football Outsiders DVOA in 2019 to 10th last season. The Cardinals also tied for 10th among fantasy defenses, by ESPN scoring. Watt looked past his prime last season but should still upgrade an unspectacular D-line and enhance a Chandler Jones-led pass rush.

Cardinals S Budda Baker (neck) is active for today's game against the Rams. Use him as planned in IDP lineups.

Cardinals S Budda Baker (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. Baker sustained the injury in Thursday's practice and then was not seen during the open portion of Friday's workout. HC Kliff Kingsbury told reporters that Baker is "a little sore" but that the team is "hopeful that he will be able to go." We'll see about his status Sunday afternoon. With a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, though, we might not know before the early games begin.

Cardinals OLB Haason Reddick (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. He entered the day questionable but out in a pair of limited practices and played 80 snaps in last week’s win over the Eagles. Reddick has delivered 6 sacks and forced 5 fumbles over the past 2 games. He’s probably worth rolling with in IDP leagues where you’re considering him

Cardinals LB Haason Reddick (shoulder) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring, calf) are questionable for Saturday's game against the 49ers. Reddick missed Tuesday's practice but returned for limited workouts the next 2 days. Kirkpatrick missed all 3 days of practice and doesn't appear worth trusting even if he's active.

Cardinals LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) and LB Isaiah Simmons (neck, back) are active for today's game against the Giants. Both guys entered the day questionable. Campbell didn't practice this week, so he certainly doesn't pop as a safe play for IDP lineups. Simmons has remained behind Campbell in playing time, so Campbell's presence makes him a weak IDP bet as well.

Cardinals LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) and LB Isaiah Simmons (neck, back) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. Campbell missed practice all week and should not be in IDP lineups. Simmons sustained his injury during the practice week, missing Thursday and then putting in a limited Friday workout. he'll be a risky IDP option even if Campbell is inactive.

Cardinals LB De'Vondre Campbell is active for tonight's game against the Seahawks. You can use him in IDP lineups, but know that he put in just 1 limited practice since sustaining the calf injury on Sunday. There's risk to playing him.

Cardinals LB De'Vondre Campbell (calf) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Seahawks. He left Sunday's win over the Bills early, and then missed the 1st 2 days of practice before putting in a limited Wednesday workout. Campbell looks risky on the short turnaround, and there's a chance Arizona spells him with rookie Isaiah Simmons. Try to avoid Campbell in IDP lineups if you can. The Cardinals have also ruled DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring) out for the game.

Cardinals S Budda Baker is active for today's game against the Bills. He likely features some re-injury risk with the groin issue that rendered him questionable and allowed just 1 limited practice this week. But go ahead and play Baker in your IDP lineup if you were waiting for him.

Cardinals S Budda Baker is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned for a limited workout Friday. DC Vance Joseph said earlier in the week that he expects Baker to play. We'll check the safety's status Sunday. Chris Banjo stands as a potential replacement if you're looking to wait on Baker for your IDP lineup.

Cardinals S Budda Baker missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a groin injury. DC Vance Joseph, however, said Thursday that he still expects Baker to play Sunday against the Bills, according to Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com. We'll see about Baker's Friday participation and game status. Chris Banjo is listed as his backup and would have tackle upside if Baker can't go.

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