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  • On Labor Day, the Arizona Cardinals labored.

    For 90 minutes Monday, the Cardinals got after it inside their practice bubble. It marked their first time together since the preseason finale in Denver and cuts reduced an 89-man roster to the required 53,adidas Gabriel Landeskog jersey, per NFL rules.

    “I really like the look of our squad,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “All the painful days are over and it’s good times. We got a very good practice start with the bonus day and I look forward to getting back here Wednesday.”

    The Cardinals will practice four times ahead of their Week 1 opener at Detroit.

    “It’s definitely game week,Authentic Scott Hartnell jersey, and we’re ready to go play some football,adidas Nick Foligno jersey,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said.

    Over the weekend,adidas Sergei Bobrovsky jersey, placed wide receiver Aaron Dobson on injured reserve,adidas Jamie Benn jersey, the Cardinals released 31 players, waived/injured defensive tackle Ed Stinson and reached injury settlements with linebacker Tre’von Johnson and linebacker Jarvis Jones.

    In addition, 10 players were signed to the practice squad, including guard Dorian Johnson and linebacker Scooby Wright; both of whom had been cut on Saturday.

    Finally, a group of players who had come together in late July have become the 2017 Cardinals, a familiar refrain of Arians.,Authentic Seth Jones jersey

    “I think we’re smarter,” he said,Authentic Gabriel Landeskog jerseyespecially in the back end of the secondary. We’re,adidas Scott Hartnell jersey, comparing this year’s roster to 2016. “That’s the biggest thing,Authentic Nick Foligno jersey, I think,longer and faster again. Each year,Authentic Jamie Benn jersey,we’ve tried to get longer and faster. I think our biggest improvement would be special teams.”

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    Day-to-day is how the Cardinals described the status of defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche after he strained his calf the last week of training camp.adidas Seth Jones jersey,

    Nkemdiche, who was slowed a year ago by an ankle sprain, has not practiced since Aug. 22 and did not appear to be ready to do any on-field work on Monday. He and dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon both worked outside with a trainer while their teammates were inside the practice bubble.

    “It feels good,Authentic Tyler Seguin jersey,” Nkemdiche said. “My status is between me and the coaches and the staff in there, so I’m just going to keep going forward and getting healthier and taking it day by day.”

    So, does Nkemdiche think he’ll play against the Lions?Authentic Sergei Bobrovsky jersey

    “We’ll see,” he said.

    The Cardinals did not have to issue an injury report on Monday, and Arians was not forthcoming with any news on that front.

    The first injury report of the regular season will be released Wednesday.