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Cardinals cut 11 players, release rookie QB Jake Coker

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Jake Coker throws a pass during the team's NFL football rookie camp practice Friday, May 6, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Arizona Cardinals made their first major roster cut Monday by releasing 11 players.

Additionally, Arizona moved cornerback Mike Jenkins to the injured reserve list after he suffered a torn ACL during the Cardinals’ Sunday night loss to the Houston Texans. The Cardinals also waived quarterback Jake Coker, who suffered a knee injury.

For the time being, that effectively gives Matt Barkley security as the third quarterback behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.

Coach Bruce Arians’ team made significant trims at the wide receiver and defensive back positions. At wideout, the Cardinals released Amir Carlisle and Franky Okafor. Cornerbacks Asa Jackson and Shaun Prater were let go along with safety Tyrequek Zimmerman.

Arizona also released guard Jake Bernstein, tight end Gerald Christian, tackle Clay Debord, long snapper Daniel Dillon, defensive tackle Iosia Iosia and punter Garrett Swanson.

The Cardinals now have 77 players on the roster. Teams are required to whittle their rosters to 75 players by Tuesday at 1 p.m. MST.

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