Arizona Cardinals worked out defensive lineman Mark Anderson


Aug 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is tackled by Buffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson (93) during the first quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

With the Arizona Cardinals losing outside linebackers Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander to season ending injuries, they are in desperate need of filling that position.

According to Howard Balzer, the Cardinals worked out former Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Mark Anderson.

Anderson can play both defensive end and outside linebacker but the obvious need is at OLB. Anderson will not be a world beater by any means because he was released in July by the Bills. Last season with the Bills, Anderson only played in five games and was not productive.

His recent best season had to be in 2011 with the New England Patriots. With the Patriots, he played in all 16 games, had 29 tackles, 11 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Anderson has been a journeyman over his seven year NFL career.

If the Cardinals do sign Anderson, this will be his fifth team in his NFL career and his fourth team in four years. The only thing that might hinder Anderson signing with the Arizona Cardinals is that they run a 3-4 scheme and he has never played in that at all.