The Cardinals found a way to get offensive lineman Frank Garcia on the active roster Tuesday by placing backup center Jason Starkey on injured reserve, ending Starkey’s season.
Starkey played Sunday in St. Louis but will undergo right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. Garcia has not practiced or played since the end of the preseason after serving a four-game suspension. Garcia, who can play center or guard, had taken an allergy medication containing ephedra, which is banned by the NFL.
The Cardinals should also receive a boost on the offensive line with the return of guard Leonard Davis (ankle), who has missed the last two games. Davis is expected to practice today.
Coach Dave McGinnis said the injury to linebacker Raynoch Thompson was a twisted left knee, and Thompson will try to practice today in a limited capacity. Thompson is expected to play Sunday against Dallas.
McGinnis said receiver Kevin Kasper (back) will try to practice. Defensive tackle Wendell Bryant (ankle) will get in some limited work.
“It’s that time of year when no one is totally healthy,” McGinnis said.
Despite their woeful 0-for-8 mark last weekend in St. Louis, the Cardinals are still second in the NFL in third-down conversions at 50 percent.
Scott Player leads the NFC with his 49.7-yard punting average.
FOURTH QUARTER WOES
The Cardinals have been outscored, 38-7, in the fourth quarter this season.