BY: ED COLE
The Arizona Cardinals deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer on Wednesday after he was arrested in connection with two alleged domestic violence incidents back in July.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and confirmed by the organization, the Cardinals have taken even further action against Dwyer, placing him on the reserve/non-football illness list. By exercising this option on Dwyer, the Cardinals aren’t obligated to pay him. Dwyer signed a one-year, $795,000 deal with the team back in March, including a $65,000 signing bonus.
The Cardinals re-signed running back Jalen Parmele to take Dwyer’s roster spot. Parmele spent the preseason with the Cardinals, but was released in the team’s final cut down on August 30.
Parmele has been in the NFL for four years. In his time, he’s played with the Baltimore Ravens (2008-10) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2012). In 35 career games (two starts), Parmele’s gained 187 yards rushing on 47 carries, 60 yards on seven catches and 1,078 yards on 43 kickoff returns.
In addition to Parmele, the team added another running back – Kerwynn Williams – to the practice squad.
Williams was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh-round (230th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Utah State. He played in one game for the Colts and was inactive for another before moving to their practice squad for three weeks. He then moved onto the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad for the final 13 weeks of his rookie season.
Williams takes the place of running back Chris Rainey, who was released from the practice squad.