Riders draft pick released by Arizona Cardinals and why it was a surprising move

Canadian defensive back Elie Bouka has been released with an injury settlement by the Arizona Cardinals.

The Dinos product had an impressive showing during Cardinals organized training activities and mini-camp. That earned him a promotion from field two where the players further down the roster practice to field one. But an early training camp ankle injury led to Bouka being let go.

Bouka was initially signed by Arizona as an undrafted free agent even though he was on the mend from a torn Achilles which kept him from playing in his final year at the University of Calgary. A hamstring setback landed the cover man on injured reserve for the entire 2016 NFL season with the Cardinals, but he made a full salary, which means the Cardinals invested in the ultra athletic defender with both money and rehab. That coupled with the fact Arizona head coach Bruce Arians and the Cardinals staff being high on Bouka made the release surprising.

The 24-year-old has other NFL teams interested already, but he needs to get back to 100 per cent health first.

Saskatchewan owns Bouka’s CFL rights after selecting him in the third-round, 24th overall by the Roughriders in the 2016 CFL draft.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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17 Comments on Riders draft pick released by Arizona Cardinals and why it was a surprising move

  1. When you are a rookie and have an injury it’s good bye in the NFL, there are plenty of players just as good waiting for their chance.

  2. This guy is an injury waiting to happen.

  3. Hors E Power // August 2, 2017 at 9:57 am //

    Before riderfans start engraving his name on all the greycup rings they’ll be winning a sobering reality….He has Maga injury issues

  4. Rider Prider // August 2, 2017 at 10:08 am //

    Hors e Poop…..He has Make America Great Again injury issues?? For somebody who apparently hates the Riders so much you sure are obsessed with them. I think what we have here is a closet Rider fan. There’s really no other explanation for his serious obsession. You need help. Time to get over it. Pathetic.

  5. Injuries to undrafted rookies from Canada will lead to being cut. Same thing with Gaydosh in Carolina a few years back. If you are a top 3 or 4 round pick then you will be safe despite injuries. Undrafted and probably goodbye. As Matt Dunigan always says: ” here’s an apple and a road map.”

  6. BleedzGreen // August 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm //

    “The 24-year-old has other NFL teams interested already”…Doubt we’ll be seeing him anytime soon.

  7. Hors E Power // August 3, 2017 at 12:20 am //

    Another gaff by the Jones & Murphy comedy act

  8. horsie how do you call this a gaff if it was the stamps that drafted him it would be great but when the riders drafted him he is tnjury prone what a jerk you are

  9. the flammer // August 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm //

    horsie , before you spout off, get your facts straight, jones wasn,t even with the riders when he was drafted.

    • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm //

      Bouka was drafted by the Riders in 2016. Jones was hired by the Riders in December of 2015. Sounds like Horsie at least had this fact straight.

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