Report: With all the tight end injuries, Cardinals reportedly add Joseph Fauria

Sep 9, 2015, 9:40 PM | Updated: Sep 10, 2015, 9:13 am
Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) breaks for a 26-yard run during the third quarter of an ...
Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) breaks for a 26-yard run during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Earlier Wednesday night, it was reported that starting tight end Ifeanyi Momah tore his meniscus and will have surgery on Thursday.

The Arizona Cardinals are already dealing with multiple injuries to their tight ends group with Troy Niklas and Jermaine Gresham both on the injury report, which may have led to the Cardinals quickly adding another tight end.

Bleacher Report’s Dylan MacNamara reported that the Cardinals signed former Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria Wednesday night.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported similar early Thursday.

Fauria is going into his third season in the NFL after playing with the Lions for the first two. He has caught 24 balls for 281 yards with eight touchdowns in his brief career.

The six-foot-seven tight end proved to be a big target in the red zone for the Lions, especially during his rookie season when seven of his 18 catches were caught in the end zone.

Before visiting the Cardinals on Wednesday and reportedly agreeing to play in Arizona, he had met with other teams around the NFL, including the New York Giants.

The undrafted rookie struggled in 2014 and only played in seven games as he dealt with ankle injuries, the same ailment that continued to bother Fauria through some of training camp before being cut by the Lions.

Fauria will take the spot of Momah on the 53-man roster as he will be put on the IR.


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