Cardinals place TE Jermaine Gresham on PUP list; release CB Alfonso Dennard

TEMPE, Ariz. — Question marks abound for the Arizona Cardinals, and what they’re going to do with the current crop of tight ends they have.

Things are even murkier now at that position, after the team announced that Jermaine Gresham (back) will be placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP), and Troy Niklas (hamstring) will be added to the Active/Non-Football Injury list (NFI).

Linebacker Zack Wagenmann (foot) will also join Niklas on the NFI list.

Gresham and the team came to terms on a one-year contract last Friday. With Arizona having six tight ends on their roster – Ted Bolser, Gerald Christian, Darren Fells, Ifeanyi Momah, Niklas, Gannon Sinclair – and only two of them (Fells, Niklas) with any type of experience, it was imperative that they find a veteran who could come in and steer these young men in the right direction in training camp, and Gresham was thought of as being that guy.

Gresham underwent surgery in March to repair a herniated disc in his back. Despite some concerns about his health, the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers were all interested in Gresham’s services, along with the Cardinals.

With Gresham and Niklas on the shelf for the time being, it’s expected that the Cardinals will bring in another veteran tight end for training camp; perhaps Chris Cooley, who the team was reportedly interested in bringing in before they signed Gresham.

In other Cardinals news, the team also announced the release of cornerback Alfonso Dennard. Dennard was claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots on May 6.

By letting Dennard go, the team saves $1,542,000 against the salary cap, per OverTheCap.com.

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