Dave Zastudil placed on IR; Matt Shaughnessy put on IR/designated to return list

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Cardinals were busy on their so-called “day off.” On Tuesday, the team announced that punter Dave Zastudil [left groin] was moved to injured reserve, effectively ending his season. Linebacker Matt Shaughnessy [knee] was moved to the injured reserve/designated for return list.

To fill their roster spots, the team promoted punter Drew Butler from the practice squad and re-signed linebacker Marcus Benard.

Zastudil had been having a tough time trying to fight through his injury. He saw his first punting action on Sunday against the Broncos. He punted 11 times and re-aggravated the left groin at some point during the game.

Shaughnessy injured his knee against the Broncos as well. Each team is allowed to designate one player to go on the injured reserve/designated to return list. Shaughnessy is eligible to return to practice after six weeks and will be able to play after eight weeks. This means Shaughnessy would be available to practice on Nov. 18 and play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 7.

Butler’s punted in the team’s first three games this season after signing with them on Sept. 8. He punted nine times for 431 yards (47.9 yard avg.) with two of his kicks landing inside the 20-yard line. Butler was let go on Sept. 23 and re-signed to the Cardinals practice squad the next day.

Benard returns after spending Week Two on the Cardinals active roster. He was released on Sept. 16. Benard played in 12 games [one start] with the Cardinals last season and had 16 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

In the team’s final move of the day, they signed quarterback Dennis Dixon to their practice squad.

Head coach Bruce Arians is quite familiar with Dixon. He and Dixon were both part of the Steelers’ organization at the same time [2008-11]. Arians was the offensive coordinator at the time.

Dixon spent time on the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad before he was released on Aug. 25. Pittsburgh selected Dixon in the fifth-round [156th overall] in the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Oregon.

Dixon played in four games with the Steelers from 2008-11 and completed 35-of-59 passes for 402 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.


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