The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney to a one-year contract.
The signing comes after outside linebacker Alex Okafor suffered a calf injury in the team’s 42–17 win over the Detroit Lions Sunday. The loss of Okafor, who leads the team with two sacks, opened an immediate need for a pass rusher.
Freeney, who has been a free agent this season, recorded 3.5 sacks with the San Diego Chargers in 2014. Over a 13-year career, Freeney has tallied 111.5 sacks and 266 solo tackles.
The 35-year-old played for Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher during the 2012 season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.