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Cardinals sign T Barksdale, place T Humphries on IR

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06 Dec 2018, 05:38 GMT+10

The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent Joe Barksdale and placed fellow tackle D.J. Humphries on injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.

Barksdale was released by the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday after missing the team's 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers the previous night due to personal reasons.

"We thought it was best for Joe and best for the Chargers," Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn said of the move to part ways with Barksdale.

The 6-foot-5, 326-pound Barksdale was a former starter at right tackle before losing his job to Sam Tevi with the Chargers. Barksdale, 29, is an eight-year NFL veteran who has played in 102 games (74 starts) in his career with the Oakland Raiders (2011), then-St. Louis Rams (2012-14) and Chargers (2015-18).

The Cardinals also secured the services of offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo on Wednesday by signing him off the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.

Odhiambo started seven games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2017 before a hand injury ended his season. Earlier this season, the 6-4, 315-pound Odhiambo was signed to the Atlanta Falcons' active roster off the Colts' practice squad before being released.

Barksdale and Odhiambo become the latest players to join Arizona in a bid to help an offensive line that has been decimated by injury.

Humphries, who was a first-round pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, started the first nine games of the year before being sidelined by a right knee injury.

Left guard Mike Iupati (knee) went on injured reserve Tuesday and right guard Justin Pugh was placed on IR on Nov. 13 with a knee injury. Starting center A.Q. Shipley sustained a season-ending knee injury on Aug. 4 and has been on injured reserve.

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