The Arizona Cardinals need to boost their defense after recent injuries, and they have called upon a veteran to help them out.
The NFC West side has signed Dwight Freeney to a one-year deal worth $870,000 with the team in response to the recent injury to linebackers Alex Okafor and Kenny Demens, according to NFL.com.
Both players went down during the Cardinals' 42-17 win over the Detroit Lions at the weekend. Okafor is dealing with a bad calf and could be out for anywhere from two to four weeks, according to Rand Getlin.
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Kenny Demens is a much more serious injury and probably why Freeney was brought in, as it is feared he has torn his ACL, meaning he would miss the rest of the season, according to Ian Rapoport.
The veteran pass rusher made his name with the Indianapolis Colts, where he was selected as the 11th overall in the 2002 draft, called up for seven Pro Bowls, and helped them win the Super Bowl in the 2006 NFL season.
Freeney is a man to be feared, as he is part of the 100 sacks club, as he has achieved 111.5 sacks over his NFL career. He also has 310 tackles, 44 forced fumbles, and one safety.
With the way the Cardinals have started the season this year, the move also provides a good opportunity for a deep playoff run for Freeney, and maybe even one more Super Bowl ring on his finger.