Arizona Cardinals Announce Preseason Schedule; OTAs begin

When the NFL schedule was announced last Thursday (May 12), only portions of each team’s preseason schedule were known.

Three opponents were announced for the Cardinals — Cincinnati, Baltimore and Tennessee — but the only game with a specific date and time was Sunday, Aug. 21’s home game against the Ravens, which begins at 5 p.m. local Arizona time statewide Fox is televised.

It can now be announced that the game against the Bengals will take place on Friday, August 12 at 4:30 p.m. Arizona time in Cincinnati and the game against the Titans on the road on Saturday, August 27 at 4:00 p.m. Arizona time.

When the regular season schedule was expanded to 17 games last year, the preseason roster was reduced to three. In alternate years, each team has either nine regular-season home games and one preseason home game, or eight regular-season home games and two preseason home games.

For 2022, one of the Cardinals’ home games will be played on Monday, November 21 in Mexico City against the 49ers.

OTAs begin

The Cardinals OTAs begin next week with three workouts scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (May 23-25). The Monday session is open to the media. NFL teams must have one of three open.

After next week, the OTAs will take place on June 1-3 and June 6-9, followed by the mandatory mini-camp on June 14-16.

OTAs are voluntary, which begs the question: will quarterback Kyler Murray be in attendance next week?

Stay tuned.

Crawford is retiring

Local fans haven’t gotten to know longtime defensive end Jack Crawford, but it turns out the last NFL contract he signed was with the Cardinals.

Crawford, who played 109 games from 35 starts in Oakland (fifth-round pick in 2012), Dallas, Atlanta and Tennessee, announced on Twitter this week that he is retiring. During his career, he had 18.0 sacks, 165 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception.

Born in London, Crawford attended high school in New Jersey and then played at Penn State.

He wrote, “After 10 seasons in the NFL, I know my time has come to retire from the game and close the chapter of my life in the league. At the age of 16 I left my family and friends in the UK and moved to the USA. I could not have imagined the journey that lay ahead, it feels like it will fly by and I am grateful for every minute.”

Crawford became an unrestricted free agent in 2021 and was signed by the Cardinals after training camp began Aug. 11 due to multiple defensive-line injuries.

He played in preseason games against the Cowboys (August 13) and Chiefs (August 20) but did not practice on August 23, presumably due to an undisclosed injury he sustained against Kansas City.

He was placed on the reserves/injured on August 24 and remained there for the entire season before becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 16.

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