Jesse Luketa signed to active NFL roster

This weekend in the NFL could mark the professional debut of a former Penn State defensive standout. Jesse Luketa was signed to the active roster by the Arizona Cardinals this week amid some roster moves made by the NFC West franchise this week. Luketa could potentially make his official NFL debut this weekend as the Cardinals visit the Carolina Panthers.

The Cardinals announced the roster move with Luketa on Wednesday and confirmed Luketa was promoted from the team’s practice squad to fill a roster spot left open by the release of safety Deionte Thompson, who played mostly on special teams.

Luketa was drafted by the Cardinals with the idea of having him be a leader on special teams, so expect to see the former Penn State defensive star appearing on special teams duties for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals used a seventh-round draft pick to select Luketa, who played linebacker and defensive end for the Nittany Lions. Luketa signed his rookie contract with the team in May with a four-year deal valued at $3.7 million. Luketa, who hails from Canada, had also been drafted by the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks in the 2022 CFL draft.

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