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A two-time all-conference pick at both center and linebacker for Louisiana Tech, an all-America selection in 1950, and a linebacker on the mythical all-Louisiana First 100 years of Football team, Leo Sanford recently established an endowed scholarship, the largest in Tech Athletics history, to be awarded annually to a deserving student-athlete.

Family and friends gather to celebrate the Leo and Myrna Sanford Endowed Athletics Scholarship.“I’ll be happy to have given the second-largest endowed scholarship if one of you other guys would step up,” Sanford said recently at the breakfast that an unofficial club of friends enjoy each Friday in Shreveport at Southfield Grill.

“Leo, you’re such an icon to us as an institution; the best part of my job is getting to say ‘thank you’ to people like you who support the University’s mission and truly understand what we’re trying to do,” Tech Vice-President for University Advancement Brooks Hull said. “We celebrate this moment and gift today, but your philanthropy started long ago.”

President Les Guice recently held a lunch reception to honor the Tech Athletics Hall of Famer and Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer in the Chris Richardson Family Suite Level at Joe Aillet Stadium, which sees its 51st season of football begin Sept. 8 when the Bulldogs host Southern in Tech’s 2018 home opener.

“Listen, it was a great day,” Sanford said. “When the president does something like that for you … the AD was there and a few others, a lot of my family. The food was great and the atmosphere was out of this world.”

“Leo has had a most positive impact on Louisiana Tech since arriving on campus 70 years ago,” Guice said. “He has set a standard of excellence, loyalty and commitment to this institution as a student athlete and alumnus that few can match. His performance as an athlete at Tech and in the NFL played a major role in elevating Tech’s reputation as a powerhouse in the Joe Aillet era, a reputation that Tech continues to benefit from today.”

“I made this investment because I think Tech is one of the finest schools you can go to, for two reasons: for education and also for athletics,” he added. “I realize we may not be in the class of majors like Notre Dame or LSU, but we play a good brand of football. And you don’t have to spend every nickel in your savings account to go to a game. You can take your whole family and you’re going to see football as good as you’ll see it played anywhere.”

The scholarship will reach all teams in Tech’s athletics department, not just football.

“Might be a basketball player or a track man,” Sanford said. “I gave it to the program to use as they see fit; whatever is best for the school and the program.”

Sanford hopes the scholarship will help an athlete who loves the game, needs the financial assistance, and is willing to persevere, which is something he knows a little about: In 1943, when he was a sophomore at Shreveport’s Fair Park High, Sanford was one of only four players on the Fair Park football squad who didn’t get game uniforms. Fifteen years later, he was wrapping up an 8-year NFL career in Yankee Stadium in “the greatest game ever played,” Sanford’s and Baltimore’s overtime victory over the New York Giants.

Such a gift as this endowed scholarship is not out of the ordinary for Sanford. Bobby Aillet, a Tech teammate for two years with Sanford, has been close friends with him since, and the two families they formed grew up together and often traveled together.

“He wouldn’t fit the mold of most of today’s linemen,” said Aillet, who retired from NCAA football officiating as one of the game’s most respected referees. “He is a very gentle man but a very hard-working linebacker. None of that ugly stuff, nasty stuff; he was strictly about tending to his business.

“I wouldn’t say he was gentle on the field, because he wasn’t,” Aillet said. “He was always a very gentle man, but a hard player. He was right there at center and linebacker, right in the middle of things. But such a kind person.”

He and his late wife Myrna, who passed away this spring, began dating when he was a student at Fair Park High in Shreveport and she was a soda jerk. From her obit:“On their first real date he told her he was going to marry her, and she told him he was crazy. While she spent the next 68 years admitting he was right, she’d also tell you he was still crazy.”

Curt Joiner, one of Leo’s son-in-laws, will tell you it’s a “good” kind of crazy. “I don’t know if there’s any guy in the world I enjoy spending an evening with more than my father-in-law,” Joiner said.

“Leo and Myrna have maintained loyal support and involvement in Tech’s activities over many decades, frequently reuniting at Tech events with other legends from that era, while inspiring many of us by their loyalty to their alma mater,” Guice said. “Now we’ve celebrated a new standard established by Leo, the most generous athletics scholarship endowment in Tech’s history. In honoring Myrna, that gift will benefit and inspire many other student athletes and alumni in the future.”

The Sanfords, for decades a fixture at all sorts of Tech events, invested in each other and in the University, but also deeply in friendships. The weekly Friday breakfast group was started by former Tech football player and Fair Park High coach, the late Clem Henderson, with 47 present 10 years ago. Time has marched own, but a few of the longtime friends are still able to gather: Sanford and fellow former Bulldogs Aillet and Charlie Glover, former Arkansas hoops star Leo McDonald from Many, Tech supporters Glenn Price and Joe Roach, and the only LSU Tiger in the bunch, Jack Daniel.

“But,” Sanford said with a smile, “he’s still a good guy. And, we’ve got him outnumbered.”

Tech’s student-athletes have continued to increase their success in the classroom over the past decade. In the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR) released in May, all 16 of Louisiana Tech’s Division I sanctioned programs remained penalty-free, and two programs recorded historical bests in their multi-year scores.

Women’s soccer and softball both recorded their highest multi-year rates at 984 and 987, respectively, while baseball, football, men’s golf, women’s basketball and women’s cross country joined them with an increase in their scores from the previous year.

Tech also posted its highest multi-year average of 965.4, besting last year’s 963.0 by 2.5 points. It marks the eighth time in the last nine years that LA Tech has boasted an average of 960 or higher on its multi-year rate.

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One of the hardest hitters to ever roam the Seminole secondary, Lee Nelson earned his place in the Florida State Hall of Fame after spending just two years on the campus. Nelson walked on to the Seminole team in 1974 and promptly won a starting cornerback job. He led FSU in tackles that year (86) and as a senior, was named the Seminole MVP on defense. He finished his collegiate career by playing in the American Bowl All-Star game. As a 15th round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976, the odds were against him once again but he not only made the club but went on to spend the next 11 years with the Cardinals. He retired from pro football in 1986.

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Patrick Vahe still has a chance to make an NFL roster. The former Texas offensive lineman who started for the Longhorns for four seasons made it through rookie mini-camp with the Baltimore Ravens and was signed by the franchise on Monday.

Vahe was one of two players signed by the Ravens to fill out the team’s 90-man roster following the mini-camp, which took place this past weekend. By no means is Vahe a lock to survive the cut to make the 53-man roster once training camp ends (even though the Baltimore Sun reported upon Vahe’s signing that left guard specifically has been an issue for the club), but he wouldn’t be the first undrafted free agent offensive lineman from the Texas program to catch on in the NFL.

Beginning with Lyle Sendlein in 2007, Texas has seen six undrafted free agent offensive linemen — Kyle Hix, Michael Huey, David Snow, Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins and Kent Perkins — become either active-roster players for various franchises, stick on a roster as a member of the injured reserve (Hix spent two seasons with the New England Patriots) or get multiple chances to make a roster (Huey spent time with four different clubs over parts of four different seasons). Sendlein has enjoyed the most successful career among the undrafted Texas offensive linemen with 124 career starts over nine seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, but both Hopkins and Perkins spent active-roster players during the 2018 season with the Cincinnati Bengals (Hopkins logged nine starts while Perkins appeared in one game).

Like some of the aforementioned Longhorns, Vahe got no time to develop when he arrived on the Forty Acres (Sendlien was the only one of the seven who received a redshirt year in the program). Vahe and fellow 2015 signee Connor Williams were thrown into the fire immediately, becoming the first true freshmen offensive linemen in recorded school history to log starts in a season opener when Vahe and Williams were on the field for the first offensive snap at Notre Dame in 2015.

Including the Notre Dame game to begin his career, Vahe started 45 games for the Longhorns (all at left guard) and saw in action in 48 contests (three games missed due to injury). A 2015 Freshman All-American ( and a three-time honorable mention All-Big 12 performer during his career, Vahe is one of four Texas products on the Ravens roster as he joins former All-American safeties DeShon Elliott (2017) and Earl Thomas (2009) and kicker Justin Tucker.


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Elliott and Vahe were both members of the 2015 signing class that’s produced six NFL draft picks to date (Elliott, Williams, linebacker Malik Jefferson, punter Michael Dickson, defensive end Charles Omenihu and cornerback Kris Boyd). The first full-cycle recruiting class for former head coach has also produced one active-roster undrafted free agent (Holton Hill) and one undrafted full-season injured reserve roster member (Chris Warren III) with Vahe and safety P.J. Locke III (Pittsburgh Steelers) vying to get their way onto the roster of their respective clubs ahead of the 2019 season.

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Former Giants star Ottis Anderson has won a battle over time before.

It’s been 26 years since he retired, and when he quit, his 10,273 yards rushing was eighth on the NFL’s all-time list and his 81 rushing TDs ranked seventh. You’d think those numbers could get him consideration for the Hall of Fame, but he’s never even been a semifinalist. And as the years pass, Canton seems to get smaller and smaller in the distance.

But Anderson, buttonholed by TMZ, isn’t holding any grudges against Hall of Fame voters: “One day, they’ll figure it out,” he says.

“If you check my credentials, I think I earned the right to be considered [a Hall of Famer],” Anderson says. “Put me in … until then, we’ll just keep on enjoying what I accomplished as a 14-year vet.”

Giants fans remember how Anderson, thought to be washed up, helped Bill Parcells’ team stun the Buffalo Bills, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV by rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Anderson was the game’s MVP.

Ron Borges of recalled how Parcells, with running back Joe Morris injured and youngster Lewis Tillman waiting his turn, motivated Anderson with the story of Old Red.

According to Anderson, “Bill said to me, ‘Old Red was a coon dog. Loved to hunt coon. He was great at it, too. But as Red got older, he didn’t get off the porch as quickly. He’d already made a name for himself.

“Well, the farmer went out and got himself a puppy as a way to motivate Red. Every time the door opened the puppy was there, ready to go. Red didn’t jump up. But then the puppy came back from a hunting trip with some coon. That got Red’s attention.

“Bill said to me, ‘Here’s the moral of the story. I can let Lewis Tillman play. He’ll do a good job. But if you want to stay on the team, you’ve got to decide to get motivated.’

“That’s the year I was 32, and became the oldest back at the time to gain over 1,000 yards. Bill would walk by me at practice and say, ‘Ooo, that dog, he wants to hunt today.’ He was great at pushing people’s buttons to get them to play harder.”

So, Anderson has won one battle over time. Can he win another?

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Marlin Martin “Pat” Harder (May 6, 1922 – September 6, 1992) (FB) was the first player in NFL history to scored 100 or more points in three consecutive seasons and was a member of the Chicago Cardinals “Million Dollar Backfield” with quarterback Paul Christman and halfback Charley Trippi. The Milwaukee native played fullback for the University of Wisconsin, leading them to an 8-1-1 record in 1942 and a third place finish in the NCAA national standings. In 1943, Pat began serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and turned pro after returning once the war ended. Having drafted Harder second overall in the 1944 NFL Draft, the Cardinals also used the 5’11, 200 pound fullback as a place kicker and kick returner. Subsequently, he led the NFL once in field goal attempts, field goals made and field goal percentage, twice in extra point attempts and extra points made and three times in total points from 1947 to 1949. Pat played eight seasons with the Cardinals (1946-1950) and the Detroit Lions (1951-1953) and was named to two NFL Pro Bowls. In 1948, Harder rushed for 554 yards and six touchdowns and hit 53 of 53 extra points to earn the NFL UPI Most Valuable Player award. He led the Cardinals to the 1947 NFL Championship and then took the Lions to back-to-back league titles in 1952 and 1953. Pat Harder finished his career with 3,016 rushing yards and 33 TDs, 864 receiving yards and five touchdowns, 35 field goals made on 69 attempts and 198 PATs on 204 attempts. In 86 career games, he scored a total of 531 points. Harder remained in football as an NFL official from 1966 to 1982 and officiated the famous 1972 Immaculate Reception game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. Pat Harder was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Another former Arizona Cardinals player is training to serve our country, and he says Pat Tillman was his inspiration to enlist. Army Specialist Jimmy Legree, 28, was a cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals just five years ago. Today, he’s at Fort Sill in Oklahoma for basic combat training.

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“I went a different route by going to college and playing football, but once that window was closed I reverted back to my Plan A, which was joining the military,” Legree told the Fort Sill Tribune.

Legree told the U.S. Army it was his childhood dream to serve in the military, but he also was one of the few to make it playing professional football. But just like Pat Tillman, Legree’s passion for our country never faded. “I think he’d be like, ‘Hell yeah! That guy’s a champ.’ He’d be 100% behind him,” said Jeremy Staat, who played football with Tillman at Arizona State University before they both played in the NFL.

Tillman decided to enlist in the Army after 9/11. He was killed while on patrol in the Khost Province of Afghanistan in April 2004. He was 27 years old.

A year later, Staat became U.S. Marine, serving in Iraq. “It was such being a part of something bigger. And above ourselves. Putting service over self,” he said.

Staat said he knows of fewer than 15 former NFL players who went on to serve the United States military over the past decade. He said it goes from a life of luxury to a one in the barracks — a tough transition very few will ever make. Staat commends Legree for making that sacrifice.

“It really motivated me,” he said. “[It] makes me excited to see there are still individuals ready to serve and willing to put their life on the line for this country. You don’t see enough of that today.”

Legree told the Army, which shared his story on its Facebook page, that it was Tillman’s passion for the game and his love for his country that helped encourage him to join. Staat said Tillman would be proud.

“Here we are, you know, 15 plus years after Pat’s death, and he’s still motivating and inspiring people to go in and serve and be the best that they can be,” Staat said.

Staat also said one of the hardest parts about joining the military after the NFL is physically being older and going through training. Staat was 29 at the time. Legree is 28. Most of the recruits are in their late teens and early 20s.

Legree, whose battery graduates in February, old the Army he is already thinking about a long military career.

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The Cardinals’ injured reserve list grew Wednesday by two, when inside linebacker Tanner Vallejo (ribs) and cornerback Kevin Peterson (shoulder) landed there to end their season.

It kick-started a handful of roster moves for the Cards, which promoted outside linebacker Vontarrius Dora from the practice squad and signed two players away from other practice squads: cornerback Andre Chachere from Carolina and linebacker Keishawn Bierria from Jacksonville.

The Cardinals had three open roster spots, after releasing linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday.

The loss of Peterson means Chris Jones is likely to get the bulk of the work as the No. 2 cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson, with Byron Murphy having moved back into a role as slot cornerback. Chachere is familiar with the defense, having spent time on the Cardinals’ practice squad earlier this season.

With the loss of Vallejo, Dennis Gardeck — who was named as a special teams Pro Bowl alternate — figures to be the top reserve at inside linebacker behind Jordan Hicks and Joe Walker.

The Cardinals also signed cornerback Duke Thomas and linebacker Jamey Mosley to the practice squad.

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Kylie Fitts, teammate of Heisman Trophy-winning QB Kyler Murray from Oklahoma who now plays for the Arizona Cardinals, says he never touched him once during practice this past season.

“Not once,” he said.

“I’d get in real trouble if I did.”

Teams protect their QBs to keep them from getting hurt.

Fitts, of course, is under no restrictions in hitting rival QBs, such as Jared Goff or Jimmy Garappolo or Russell Wilson from his outside linebacker spot.

Upcoming in these pages: A piece on Fitts, the former Redlands East Valley star, will be published soon.

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I was checking the Redlands Community News website back on Dec. 23 — two days before Christmas, incidentally — and the most popular story was that 14 people were arrested in a prostitution sting.

In Ontario, for crying out loud. I’ll refrain from making any lewd cracks, like if anyone was arrested from among your flock of friends and associates. Is that what readers are looking for in your top reads?

I’m knocking myself out running down local basketball trends, athletes committing to major colleges, NFL connections and major college football insight, plus an array of otherwise athletic brilliance on the local front, not to mention a bunch of other locally based stories.

And you’re reading about a prostitution sting in Ontario?

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From Joe Jurado, head football coach at highly successful Rim of the World High School: “Coach the kids in your school’s district. If you don’t like those kids, go somewhere else. If you have to recruit, how good a coach are you? Recruiting shouldn’t be a part of the high school atmosphere. Win with your kids! Coaches, end this recruiting garbage!”

The Fighting Scots are three-time CIF champions, multiple playoff entrants and are in the unenviable position of being far enough away from civilization in their mountain digs where they won’t get a lot of recruits.

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We’re looking at a new head track coach at Redlands East Valley. Outgoing coach Perry Davis isn’t happy, but he’s apparently under siege by his employers on some charges that he’s vehemently denying.

He’s served as security at REV for years. There’s been a shakeup in security staffing on that campus.

The dude wants to coach, but there’s a lot to this story. He’d like to invite the public to his hearing, which is open to the public. We’re hearing that a nice glut of supporters are building up on his behalf.

When you think of REV track, you think of speedsters Billy and Emerald Bowen, state 1500-meter champion Elias Opsahl, not to mention current stars like Matt Casillas. Plus, there’ve been vast relay and field events champions throughout the years.

“I think I’ve made my mark there,” he said. “I want people to know that I’ve been a positive influence on that campus.”

Track has been a highly successful sport at REV. Davis has been a key figure.

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Apropos of nothing: Standing in the balcony at Studio Movie Grill on Dec. 27, I watched five straight couples enter the theater with the male member holding the door for himself first.

Unless I’m being politically overcorrect, my sense is still that the male members hold the door for their female guests. I stopped looking when, finally, a man opened the door for three female movie-goers.

The problem in writing this is that in my readership, the offenders won’t see this rant. My readers are way too classy.

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Nice piece by Wayne R. Scott on four-time Emmy Award winner Sue Ann Staake (Jan. 3), a retired CBS employee for years with ties to the likes of legendary David Brinkley and Bob Schaefer. She was the first-ever female director for “Face The Nation.”

I would’ve loved to know if Sue Ann rubbed shoulders with legendary CBS sportscasters like Pat Summerall or Al McGuire or Ken Ventur or any of the CBS sports crew.

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The 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl will be broadcast exclusively on NFL Network as well as the NFL and NFL Network apps at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 18.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — At Navy, Malcolm Perry was an option quarterback who — more often than not — chose the option to run. In fact, only one running back in the FBS finished with more rushing yards than his 2,017 this past season, and only two had more rushing touchdowns than his 21.

So, naturally, the undersized, dual-threat quarterback who served more as a running back with the Midshipmen got invited to this week’s East-West Shrine Bowl as a … wide receiver. And that’s just fine with Perry, who learned a long time ago that a roster position to him is merely a suggestion.

“Whatever it takes,” Perry said after his first practice on Monday inside Tropicana Field. “Anything that gets the ball in my hands, anything that keeps me on the field.”

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Playing different positions isn’t anything new to Perry. Coming out of high school, he wanted to be a running back at Tennessee, his preferred college and just a three-hour drive from home, but the Vols — with future NFL players Alvin Kamara (Saints), Jalen Hurd (49ers) and John Kelly (Rams) already on the RB depth chart — never offered a scholarship.

Instead, Perry — whose mother and father were both career enlistees in the Army — chose Navy, where in his first three seasons he struggled to find a home, bouncing around from slot back to quarterback on offense to kick returner on special teams. When you’re the best athlete on the field, as Perry was, coaches try to keep you off the sidelines.

As a senior, however, Perry was handed the starting quarterback duties and was the clear leader of a team that went 11-2 — an eight-game turnaround from 2018 and the second-best year-to-year improvement in FBS history. By beating Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl at the end of last month, a game in which Perry rushed for 213 yards on 28 carries, Navy was assured only its third top-25 finish in 56 years.

In 2019, Perry became the first FBS quarterback to rush for 2,000 yards in a season and the fourth to rush for 300 in a game (against Army in the regular-season finale). He only attempted 86 passes, for 1,084 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

In many ways, Perry is a lot like Keenan Reynolds, the athletic, dual-threat quarterback from Navy who was drafted in the sixth round in 2016 by the Baltimore Ravens. Reynolds, at almost the exact same size as Perry, was also invited to the East-West all-star game. He practiced at running back and kick returner, and his athleticism was clearly visible, something Perry hopes to put on display for the East coaches this week.

Monday was a good start. He showed an ability to run crisp routes, then use his soft hands to snag the ball away from his body.

“He looked like he needed a little training,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive assistant Antwaan Randle El, who is coaching the East wide receivers. “But you could see the way he snagged the ball out of the air. That’s one of the things you look for in a young receiver — can he catch the ball and catch it clean? And he had no issues doing that.”

Perry said when he saw Randle El was going to be his coach this week, he turned on YouTube to watch videos of old Pittsburgh Steelers games, then saw some surprising older clips pop up from Randle El’s days at Indiana.

“I didn’t even know he played quarterback in college,” Perry said. “I plan on sitting down with him throughout the week and talk about making that transition.”

The talks would only be a continuation of what is happening on the field. At Monday’s practice, Perry took advantage of his fortuitous situation — being coached by Randle El and Amani Toomer, the former New York Giants wide receiver who is serving as an NFL Legends mentor this week. He stayed close to them and asked a lot of questions.

Randle El told him he needs to find someone who has played or understands the position and “run routes as much as he can” before his next opportunity in front of NFL scouts, whether that be at the NFL Scouting Combine or his pro day.

“I had Terance Mathis, who was with the Steelers when I first got there, and Hines Ward. Those guys started teaching me routes,” Randle El said. “He just needs to figure it all out, and I think he will because he’s such a smart kid.”
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SMALL-SCHOOL STANDOUTS: Prospects from small schools have a chance at these all-star events to really get on the radar with NFL teams. There were three who stood out on Monday. Princeton QB Kevin Davidson (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) is as advertised with a big arm and deep-ball accuracy. WR Mason Kinsey from Berry College doesn’t look like a Division III player with his route-running and ball skills. And DT Tershawn Wharton from Missouri S&T more than held his own in one-on-one line drills. “It was funny,” said one scout. “Some of the big-school kids couldn’t compete with him.”

COMPETITIVE ROSTERS: More than one scout mentioned the overall quality of the rosters this year, as opposed to the past. “Scout-friendly,” said one. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see one or two taken later in (Round) 2,” added another. “Lots of mid-round picks where teams make or break their drafts.”

LATE SCRATCH: According to an East-West official, Auburn CB Javaris Davis (concussion) was sent home before practices began after event doctors failed to pass him on his physical.

LATE-COMERS: Five players in Monday’s National Championship are expected to arrive on Tuesday. One — Clemson safety Tanner Muse, who initially accepted an invitation — is not expected to participate this week. The five players include wide receiver Derrick Dillon and linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. from LSU, and wide receiver Diondre Overton, center Sean Pollard and guard Gage Cervenka from Clemson.

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The Cardinals’ injured reserve list grew Wednesday by two, when inside linebacker Tanner Vallejo (ribs) and cornerback Kevin Peterson (shoulder) landed there to end their season.

It kick-started a handful of roster moves for the Cards, which promoted outside linebacker Vontarrius Dora from the practice squad and signed two players away from other practice squads: cornerback Andre Chachere from Carolina and linebacker Keishawn Bierria from Jacksonville.

The Cardinals had three open roster spots, after releasing linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday.

The loss of Peterson means Chris Jones is likely to get the bulk of the work as the No. 2 cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson, with Byron Murphy having moved back into a role as slot cornerback. Chachere is familiar with the defense, having spent time on the Cardinals’ practice squad earlier this season.

With the loss of Vallejo, Dennis Gardeck — who was named as a special teams Pro Bowl alternate — figures to be the top reserve at inside linebacker behind Jordan Hicks and Joe Walker.

The Cardinals also signed cornerback Duke Thomas and linebacker Jamey Mosley to the practice squad.