The Arizona Cardinals released their first inactive list of the season on Sunday leading up to their Week 1 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
There are a couple of surprises.
This year, teams will play with 48 active players. They can have a 55-man roster if they promote up to two practice squad players for the game. However, the Cardinals stayed with 53 players and then had five players inactive.
Their inactives are:
- RB Eno Benjamin
- QB Brett Hundley
- OL Josh Jones
- OL Josh Miles
- S Deionte Thompson
Perhaps the biggest surprise on this list is Hundley, who normally backs up starting quarterback Kyler Murray. However, Kliff Kingsbury is a big fan of newcomer Chris Streveler. Hundley is listed on the depth chart as the No. 2 quarterback on the team but Streveler could have a role on special teams. If he plays on special teams, that is the reason why he is active over Hundley.
If Murray were unable to start, Hundley probably would be the guy to replace him.
Benjamin, a seventh-round pick, is inactive over D.J. Foster, who was promoted to the active roster after receiver KeeSean Johnson was placed on the COVID-19 reserve. Foster will have a role on special teams.
Teams must have eight offensive linemen active on gameday. Justin Murray, Max Garcia and Lamont Gaillard will back up the starters.