ARIZONA CARDINALS

Arizona Cardinals sign S Chris Banjo to practice squad

Sep 29, 2022, 8:17 AM | Updated: 8:20 am
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Chris Banjo (31) celebrates after an NFL football game against the...

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Chris Banjo (31) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. The Cardinals won 25-22. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Trusted special teams leader Chris Banjo rejoined the Arizona Cardinals practice squad on Thursday, the team announced.

Banjo, a nine-year NFL veteran, appeared in 16 games for Arizona last season and 26 more the two years prior. He remained unsigned this offseason but joined the Cardinals after they released fellow backup safety and special teamer Deionte Thompson on Tuesday.

Thompson was the personal protector for punter Andy Lee on Sunday when the attempt was blocked following the first offensive series of the game.

The roster move left Arizona with only two safeties on the 53-man roster, starters Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson.

While star backer Isaiah Simmons in a pinch could potentially slide to safety as he’s lost snaps at his current position, Banjo gives defensive coordinator Vance Joseph a familiar plug-and-play piece if the team elevates him for gameday. Banjo also gives special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers a ready-to-go option.

Banjo played for the Green Bay Packers from 2013-16 and the New Orleans Saints from 2016-18 before joining the Cardinals in 2019.

The 32-year-old posted his most productive NFL season in 2020, when he stepped into a starting role for four games and recorded 48 tackles, a pass defensed and a tackle for loss.

Banjo has 53 special teams tackles over the course of his career.

Arizona Cardinals DL J.J. Watt looks on during practice on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DL Leki Fotu runs through drills during practice on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DL Andrew Brown runs through drills during practice on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DLs Leki Fotu (right) and Jonathan Ledbetter (left) run through drills during practice on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DL Antwaun Woods runs through drills during practice on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DLs Michael Dogbe (right) and J.J. Watt (left) run through drills during practice on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DLs Jonathan Ledbetter (right) and Leki Fotu (left) run through drills during practice on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DL Antwaun Woods (right) and Zach Allen (left) run through drills during practice on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals star backer Isaiah Simmons runs through drills during practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals WR Hollywood Brown runs through drills during practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals WR Andy Isabella runs through drills during practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals OL Rodney Hudson warms up ahead of practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals OL Justin Pugh warms up ahead of practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Baccellia runs through drills during practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals CB Marco Wilson runs through drills during practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals WR Hollywood Brown runs through drills during practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals S Chris Banjo runs through drills during practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin runs through drills during practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray grabs his helmet donning the South Korea flag decal during practice on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore warms up ahead of practice on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DL Antwuan Woods looks on during practice on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DL Leki Fotu runs through drills during practice on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DL Leki Fotu runs through drills during practice on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals DL Leki Fotu looks on during practice on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore warms up ahead of practice on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)

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