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Cards sign tight end, linebacker; Hodgins goes on IR

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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 6:29 am | Updated: 9:17 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

With injuries ripping up the roster, the Cardinals signed a pair of players Tuesday, inking tight end Teyo Johnson and re-signing middle linebacker Lester Towns.

The Cards made room on the roster by placing fullback James Hodgins on injured reserve and cutting center Shawn Lynch, who started Sunday’s season opener.

Hodgins tore knee ligaments against the Giants. Lynch was expendable because the Cards’ top two centers, Alex Stepanovich and Nick Leckey, both have returned to practice and should be available this weekend against St. Louis.

Johnson was needed because the Cards have lost both Hodgins and their best blocking tight end, John Bronson. Bronson is expected to miss a few weeks with a knee injury. Towns is needed because middle linebacker James Darling suffered a knee injury and is expected out at least a couple of games.

Johnson, originally a second-round pick of Oakland in 2003, has caught 23 passes for 259 yards in his career. Towns, drafted by Carolina in 2000, was out of football in 2004. He signed with the Cards in training camp after the knee injury to starting middle linebacker Gerald Hayes, but was cut Sept. 3.

The Cardinals also made another practice squad move, re-signing tight end Andy Stokes and cutting safety Jermaine Hardy.

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