NFL notebook: Cardinals coach Arians shocked by Dwyer’s arrest
PHOENIX — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said domestic violence is a worldwide problem and should be addressed everywhere, not just in the NFL.
“If this bad scar on the NFL, as you want to say right now, makes the rest of the world aware of what’s going on,” he said, “it’s damn good.”
Arians spoke to a mob of reporters after practice Thursday, a day after running back Jonathan Dwyer was taken into custody at the Cardinals’ practice facility on domestic violence charges.
Arians said Dwyer expressed shock at the arrest and insisted he was innocent.
The Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, meaning he can’t play for the team again this season.
Arians said he was “floored” when police showed up at the Cardinals facility late Wednesday morning.
“It was like the worst nightmare a coach can have right now,” he said.
Inside linebacker Larry Foote, who has known Dwyer for several years dating to their time with the Steelers, said he and his wife were with Dwyer and his wife on a flight to San Diego for a Christian conference this offseason.
He said Dwyer and his wife regularly attended Bible study.
“I was surprised,” Foote said. “I got a thousand phone calls from people back in Pittsburgh, like ‘What’s going on?’ A lot of people just can’t believe it. I’m more sad for the family. It’s a young, beautiful family, just had a little boy. From the outside, it looked like everything was smooth.”
The Cardinals also cut running back Chris Rainey from their practice squad. Rainey was waived by the Steelers in 2013 after being accused of slapping his girlfriend.
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