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Knee injury sends Ifeanyi Momah to IR; Cards sign Joseph Fauria

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tight end Ifeanyi Momah's first season with the Cardinals ended before it started Thursday.

The team announced Momah, who was listed as one of the Cardinals' starting tight ends on the team's initial depth chart, was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury he suffered during Tuesday's practice.

The Cardinals signed tight end Joseph Fauria in a corresponding move.

Fauria was released by Detroit during its final cuts on Sept. 5. The 6-foot-7 Fauria played in 23 games the past two seasons with the Lions, catching 24 passes for 281 yards and eight touchdowns.

As a rookie in 2013, Fauria became one of four tight ends in Lions history to have seven touchdown receptions in a season. Three of those touchdowns came in a one game, against the Browns, setting a Lions mark for touchdown receptions by a tight end in a single game.

Momah participated in the NFL veteran combine at the Cardinals' practice facility in March.