Cardinals sign punter Nolan Cooney, release offensive lineman Koda Martin

Nov 5, 2022, 1:54 PM
Nolan Cooney #5 of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the first half of a preseason game agains...
Nolan Cooney #5 of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the first half of a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals signed punter Nolan Cooney on Saturday amid the news that starter Andy Lee was added to the injury report with an illness ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Seattle Seahawks.

In corresponding moves, Arizona released offensive lineman Koda Martin from the practice squad and brought up defensive lineman Manny Jones and Cooney as standard elevations.

Cooney was with Arizona’s practice squad during the preseason and is familiar with the system. In college at Syracuse, he was named Pro Football Focus honorable mention All-America and third-team All-ACC as the team’s punter in 2020.

Although Lee is questionable for Sunday, Cooney could be called into action as the holder of extra points and field goals.

Jones could make his first appearance in an NFL regular season game. The Colorado State player recorded 181 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 33 tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 49 career games in five seasons.

His elevation could mean that defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, who did not practice all week due to a ribs injury, may be sidelined for Sunday.

Martin was undrafted after spending time at Texas A&M and Syracuse in college. He appeared in two games for the Cardinals in 2021.

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