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ASU Football: Arizona Cardinals promote D.J. Foster to 53-man roster

Former Sun Devil running back

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Former Sun Devil and Arizona Cardinals running back D.J. Foster was moved from the practice squad to the team’s active 53-man roster Saturday, the team announced.

Foster replaced wide receiver KeeSean Johnson’s spot, who was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list Friday. The move allows Foster to be eligible for Sunday’s Week 1 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cardinals released Foster last week as part of their effort to trim down their final roster before the league-mandated deadline. Foster was re-signed to the practice squad a day later. He has been with the team since he was signed off of the New England Patriots’ practice squad during the 2017 season.

Foster will once again join forces with fellow Arizona State alum Eno Benjamin, who was Arizona’s seventh-round selection last April.

During his four-year career as a Sun Devil, Foster shined as a dual-threat option out of the backfield. He averaged 5.3 yards per cary, amassed over 4,813 yards from scrimmage and scored 32 touchdowns from 2012-2015. Although he was projected to be a fifth-round pick, Foster went undrafted in 2016 before signing with the Patriots as a rookie free agent.