Cardinals Promote OL Vinston Painter, Place G Mike Iupati on IR


The Arizona Cardinals announced that they have placed G Mike Iupati on the injured reserve and promoted OL Vinston Painter from their practice squad in a corresponding roster move.

This will cost Iupati the next eight weeks of the season, but he could be a candidate to return later on in the year.

Iupati, 39, is a former first-round pick of the 49ers back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract with the 49ers before signing a five-year, $40 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed with the Cardinals back in 2015.

Iupati stands to make base salaries of $8 million and $7.75 million over the next two years.

In 2017, Iupati has appeared in one game.

Painter, 27, is a former sixth-round pick of the Broncos back in 2013. He lasted just over a year in Denver before he was waived and later signed to the Browns’ practice squad.

After a brief stint with the Giants, Painter signed on to the Dolphins practice squad midseason in 2015 and returned the team on a future’s deal. However, he was waived coming out of the preseason and later claimed off of waivers by the Redskins.

The Redskins re-signed Painter as an exclusive rights free agent this offseason but waived him as they trimmed their roster down to the 53-man limit.

In 2016, Painter was active for five games for the Redskins and played a total of 10 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.


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