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center_img Top Stories “There’s nothing else you can do but deal with it. So, we just have to get the next guy ready to play,” head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on a conference call Wednesday. “It’s been quite a challenge, but our guys are dealing with it.”First injury reportThe nine players who missed practice included safeties Budda Baker (thigh) and Antoine Bethea (knee), linebacker Gabe Martin (hamstring), defensive lineman Josh Mauro (ankle), running back Adrian Peterson (neck) and right guard Earl Watford (ankle). Linebacker Karlos Dansby, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and defensive lineman Frostee Rucker received veteran days off.Baker and Bethea are expected to practice Thursday, according to Arians, who had no further update on Peterson.“I have no idea,” he said, when asked if Peterson would play again this year.Four more players were listed limited: left guard Alex Boone (back), wide receiver John Brown (toe), linebacker Chandler Jones (hip) and defensive lineman Corey Peters (ankle).“Got Corey back and he looked pretty solid,” Arians said.The new guyWith Veldheer done for the season and Watford likely to miss one, maybe two games, the Cardinals needed offensive line help. Enter Khalif Barnes, an 11-year veteran who has been away from the game after spending the preseason with New Orleans. For Barnes, the Cardinals called at the perfect time.“I was homeschooling four kids. Have you ever done that before?” he asked reporters Wednesday. “That’s worse than any 9-on-7 or any player in the league. I’d rather go against the old-school Dwight Freeney, Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White, all of them in one game than have to homeschool and baby-sit these kids.”Barnes and his wife have four kids—two boys and two girls—ages 2, 4, 5 and 7.“It’s rough, man, so I’m glad to be here,” he said.Barnes had been taking an online medical sales course—“Getting ready for the next step in my life,” he said—when his agent called on Sunday, telling him of the Cardinals’ interest.Barnes had worked out with San Francisco the week before and doing his best to stay in shape “just in case somebody did call me” since his release by the Saints.“It’s one thing to train at home when you’re home but it’s nothing to come here and train with guys who are 300 pounds, big, fast, moving and you got to put body weight on them but it was pretty good I thought,” he said of his first practice with the Cardinals.“It felt good getting my feet wet. I think tomorrow will be even better and as the days come it’ll be like just getting on a bike. I mean, I’m not on the ground dying right now so I’ve been doing a few things right.” Barnes has played in 151 career games, including 117 starts, between stints with Jacksonville and Oakland“I love it. I love the o-line coaches here. You got a good group of guys. You got good leadership here,” he said. “I’m really happy to be here. I don’t care how long it’s for. I’m just happy they considered calling me.”Roster moveTwo days after getting released, wide receiver Carlton Agudosi was re-signed to the practice squad. He was inactive for three games after being elevated to the active roster on Nov. 22.Agudosi joined the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent in May out of Rutgers and spent the preseason with the team until he was released on Sept. 2. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more