ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals activate WR Antoine Wesley, release K Matt McCrane

Sep 21, 2021, 1:43 PM
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Antoine Wesley makes a catch as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Mike ...

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Antoine Wesley makes a catch as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Mike Hughes (21), bottom, defends aduring the first half of an NFL football game, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Arizona Cardinals activated receiver Antoine Wesley from the COVID-19 reserve on Tuesday and released kicker Matt McCrane from the practice squad.

Wesley had been on the COVID-19 reserve since Sept. 10.

He signed a one-year deal with Arizona in May and quickly shot up the depth chart, making the 53-man roster over the likes of KeeSean Johnson, the 2019 sixth-round pick who was released.

The 6-foot-4 Wesley is also familiar to head coach Kliff Kingsbury, having played under him for a portion of his college run at Texas Tech.

The 23-year-old receiver got his NFL start as an undrafted rookie free agent on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad in 2019 before spending all of last season on the injured reserve.

Arizona signed McCrane to the the practice squad last Thursday.

McCrane, who went undrafted out of Kansas State in 2018, spent training camp and preseason with Arizona his rookie year. He was released before the regular season began, but after a stint with the then-Oakland Raiders, he re-joined the Cardinals that same season, both on the practice squad and then on the active roster when starting kicker Phil Dawson was injured.

That 2018 season is the extent of McCrane’s NFL experience, though he spent time on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad last season.

He made all nine of his extra point attempts and went 8-of-12 on field goals in NFL action.

McCrane was not with the NFL roster for Arizona in its Sunday victory against the Minnesota Vikings.

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