Cardinals Place WR Hakeem Butler & DB Josh Shaw On IR, Cut Three


The Cardinals announced Sunday they have placed fourth-round rookie WR Hakeem Butler on injured reserve, as well as S Josh Shaw

The Cardinals also released linebackers Andre Branch, Hayes Pullard and Jeff Holland.

Because players must be on the active roster Week 1 to be designated to return during the regular season, this move ends Butler’s and Shaw’s season. Butler previously suffered an avulsion fracture in his hand.

The Cardinals had claimed Holland recently on waivers. Shaw was signed by the team back in March. 

Butler, 22, was drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth round out of Iowa State. He signed a four-year rookie deal worth $3.3 million. 

During his college career at Iowa State, Butler caught 110 passes for 2,149 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns over the course of 34 games and three seasons.  

Shaw, 26, is a former fourth-round pick of the Bengals back in 2015. The Bengals waived him with an injury designation coming out of the preseason last year and he later reverted to the team’s injured reserve list.

Cincinnati cut Shaw loose soon after and he eventually signed on with the Chiefs. Unfortunately, he lasted just a few months in Kansas City before he was released and later signed by the Buccaneers. 

In 2018, Shaw appeared in eight games for the Buccaneers and Chiefs and recorded 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.

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