Cardinals sign Dwight Freeney, place LB Kenny Demens on IR

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals confirmed the signing of veteran defensive end/outside linebacker Dwight Freeney and placed linebacker Kenny Demens on injured reserve Tuesday.

Freeney's signing came after the Cardinals' top outside pass rusher, Alex Okafor, went down with a calf injury in Sunday's 42-17 victory at Detroit.

The 35-year-old Freeney, a seven-time Pro Bowl player and three-time first-team All Pro, ranks fifth among active players in career sacks with 111 1/2 and led the league with 16 sacks in 2004.

His best years came with the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 through 2012. He was with the San Diego Chargers the past two seasons before being released in the offseason.

Demens, a significant contributor on special teams, tore an ACL in the Lions game.

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