MEXICAN LINEBACKER EDUARDO CASTANEDA ASSIGNED TO CARDINALS PRACTICE SQUAD
Tempe, AZ ? The Arizona Cardinals Football Club, along with teams from the NFC West, NFC South, AFC North and AFC West have been selected to participate in the fifth-year of the NFL?s International Practice Squad Program.
EDUARDO CASTANEDA, a 25-year old outside linebacker from Mexico, will join the Cardinals practice squad for the 2008 season.
Castaneda (6-3, 253) spent the 2007 NFL season on the Houston Texans practice squad after playing for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europa last year. With the Fire, Castaneda appeared in seven games and collected seven tackles on defense and three special teams stops. Castaneda played in the Mexican championship game three years in a row (2004-06) with Monterrey Tech in addition to playing for the Mexican national team in 2005-06.
This is the second time the Cardinals have participated in the International Practice Squad Program after having Mexican guard ROLANDO CANTU in 2004.
Cantu graduated from the program in 2004 and was elevated to the active roster in 2005 where he appeared in the team?s season finale at Indianapolis, becoming the first Mexican born player to appear in a NFL regular season game. He is now retired from football and serves as the team?s manager of international business ventures.
Since the program?s inception in 2004, 22 players have participated, including 11 last year and nine that have participated twice.
- azcardinals.com -
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