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NFL Starting Running Back Gets Cut In Stunning Move Monday

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have made a surprising roster move Monday following the team's 21-17 victory over the Rams. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cardinals released running back Eno Benjamin this afternoon.

"A roster surprise: Cardinals have informed RB Eno Benjamin - who started for them when James Conner was hurt this season - that they are releasing him, per source," Schefter tweeted Monday. 

As Schefter noted in his twitter post, Benjamin's release is somewhat surprising given that the running back started several games for Arizona while current starter James Conner was sidelined with injuries. 

In his three appearances as Arizona's lead-back, Benjamin logged 36 carries for 151 rushing yards and one touchdown. 

With that being said, 92 of his 151 yards gained as the Cardinals' top-rushing option came in Arizona's Week 7 win against New Orleans. 

In his two other starts, Benjamin was held to under 2.5 yards per carry. 

Conner is likely to receive the lion's share of carries in Arizona moving forward, while rookie sixth-round pick Keaontay Ingram should serve as the Cardinals' change-of-pace option. 

Arizona's first game this season without Benjamin will come Monday night when the Cardinals square off with the San Francisco 49ers.