Cardinals bring back QB Matt Barkley

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The Arizona Cardinals have signed quarterback Matt Barkley to the active roster, the team announced Monday.

The move follows an injury to current starter Drew Stanton, who is dealing with a knee sprain. Barkley will be the team’s third-string quarterback behind Blaine Gabbert. The Cards also have Mike Bercovici on the practice squad. Carson Palmer is on injured reserve.

Barkley spent the entire 2015 season with Arizona and knows the Cardinals offense, making him a logical addition with Stanton hurt. Bercovici has been on Arizona’s practice squad for less than two weeks.

The Cardinals traded for Barkley at the end of the 2015 preseason. He was inactive every game, yet he managed to stick to the 53-man roster all year. He was released following the 2016 preseason.

That preseason, Barkley managed to complete 50 of 86 passes for 630 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions before the Cards let him go.

From there, Barkley signed with the Chicago Bears. He played in seven games for them (six starts), completing 59.7 percent of his passes while tossing eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He signed on with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 but was once again released at the end of the preseason.

For his career, Barkley has 1,911 yards, eight touchdowns 18 interceptions and a 63.7 passer rating in 11 games. He first entered the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 after a successful career at USC.

In addition to signing Barkley, the Cardinals also placed tackle D.J. Humphries (knee), safety Tyvon Branch (knee) and tight end Ifeanyi Momah (ankle) on injured reserve on Monday.

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