Veterans James, Hood, Leboy released from Cardinals

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TEMPE - The following is a release from the Arizona Cardinals:

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has released cornerback Rod Hood,running back Edgerrin James and defensive end/linebacker Travis Laboy.

Hood played the past two seasons for the Cardinals after signing as a free agent in 2007. He appeared in 31 games (30 starts) collecting 105 tackles and six interceptions in addition to playing in all four postseason contests last season.

James spent the past three seasons with the Cardinals after joining the team as a free agent in 2006. He started in 39 games during his tenure in Arizona with 794 carries for 2,895 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,000 yards in both 2006 and 2007.

LaBoy appeared in 13 games last season after signing as a free agent in 2008. He had 38 tackles (solos) and four sacks to go along with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

"It's never easy to release veteran players who have contributed to the team's success and these three individuals certainly fall into that category," said head coach Ken Whisenhunt. "But like every decision we make, it simply comes down to what is in the best interest of our football team and what gives us the best chance for success. We're grateful to all three of them for their contributions and wish them nothing but the best in the future."