The Cardinals lost another starter from their secondary Tuesday when they placed cornerback Eric Green on injured reserve.
Green tore a groin muscle in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco and will miss the rest of the season. His loss further depletes an Arizona defense that is already missing starting defensive ends Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor (both out for the year), Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson (who has missed the past 2 1/2 games), as well as backup safety Aaron Francisco, who’s questionable this week with a calf injury.
A third-round pick in 2005, Green had 51 tackles (47 solo) this season.
Antrel Rolle and Ralph Brown both saw time in Green’s starting spot during Sunday’s game.
BARR GETS THE BOOT
Punter Mike Barr was released Tuesday after his season-long struggles hit a new low on Sunday. He had a 17-yard punt in overtime and had a net average of 18.7 yards against the 49ers. For the season, Barr ranks last in the NFL in overall punting average (40.4 yards per kick) and net average (31.7).
The Cardinals reported on their Web site that veterans Tom Rouen and Mitch Berger were brought in for workouts Tuesday as possible replacements for Barr.
Barr is also the holder for kicker Neil Rackers, so the Cardinals will have to fill that position as well. Receiver Sean Morey is listed as the backup holder.
Arizona filled one roster spot by signing defensive end Bo Schobel for the third time in three weeks. Defensive end Tim Euhus was also released Tuesday.
CARDS RESPOND TO RACKERS INCIDENT
Rackers was also involved in a brief altercation following Sunday’s loss.
Rackers missed a game-winning 32-yard field goal against San Francisco. Rackers was walking off the field following the game while an NFL Films camera photographed him. Rackers allegedly took a swing at the camera using his helmet.
Tuesday is a day off, so players weren’t available for comment, but the team issued a statement about the alleged altercation:
“We are aware of an incident last Sunday involving Neil and a photographer on the field at the end of the game. Obviously, this is not acceptable behavior under any circumstances and it has been addressed with Neil. Several members of the organization have spoken to the photographer to apologize and let him know that the appropriate measures are being taken. Neil has also reached out to personally apologize to the photographer.”