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Justin Bethel | Defensive Back | #28

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
College: Presbyterian
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 6 (177) / ARZ
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Cardinals activated CB Justin Bethel (foot surgery) from the active/PUP list.
Bethel underwent surgery in the spring before suffering a setback in July. Bethel had been expected to start opposite Patrick Peterson, but third-rounder Brandon Williams appears to have surpassed him as he rehabbed. Aug 16 - 3:01 PM

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Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot) has resumed running.

The Cardinals shut down Bethel after his pre-training camp setback. He's expected to return in two weeks. Bethel is the favorite to start at right corner, but needs to hold off rookie Brandon Williams.
Aug 6 - 5:21 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot surgery) could return in two weeks.

Bethel was expected to be ready for camp after undergoing offseason foot surgery but he suffered a setback about three weeks ago. The Cardinals don't seem too worried about it and it looks like Bethel is still on track for Week 1 against New England. Bethel is fighting to keep his starting job at right corner following an underwhelming 2015 campaign.
Jul 29 - 8:56 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot surgery) has suffered a setback.

Coach Bruce Arians said Bethel's return will be based on "pain tolerance." He seems primed to miss multiple weeks, which is very bad news for someone who already sat out the entire offseason program. GM Steve Keim has said Bethel isn't a lock to keep his starting job despite the Cardinals' poor alternatives.
Jul 28 - 5:14 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said CB Justin Bethel (foot) is the "current starter," but the team plans to have an "open competition."

Bethel missed the entire offseason program with a broken foot, but he should be ready for training camp. Whether he can keep his starting job once he gets there is another question. "We’ll play the best 11 out there, so whoever gives us a chance to succeed," Keim said. "He’s got to continue to hone his skills, more so with the eyes, the vision, the instinctual things that come with the game." Arizona added Mike Jenkins earlier this week and plan to bring in Chris Culliver (knee) for a visit. Bethel finished last season in the starting lineup, but he needs to show well in training camp to keep that position.
Source: ESPN
Jul 21 - 10:35 AM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot) said he is "capable of being a great starting corner."

The Cardinals showed their faith in Bethel's development by giving him a three-year, $15 million extension last season. Bethel had surgery to repair a broken foot in April, but he expects to be ready for training camp. If healthy, he should push for the starting job opposite Patrick Peterson.
Jun 2 - 9:17 AM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel recently underwent surgery to repair a fractured left foot.

Sources told the Arizona Republic that Bethel played last season with a "slight" fracture in the foot. It's surprising he waited until now to have the surgery. Bethel struggled when forced into the starting lineup late last season. The Cardinals need to find someone to push him for a starting job.
Apr 20 - 8:25 PM

Cardinals signed ST/CB Justin Bethel to a three-year, $15 million extension through 2018.

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the deal includes $9 million in guarantees and $1.8 million in incentives. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday morning Bethel would get a "massive" extension. $15 million over three years does not seem massive on its face, but it is a good chunk of change for a special team and sub-package player, even though Bethel has been exceptional in both roles. Bethel has made back-to-back Pro Bowls as a special teamer, and he has an interception and two fumble recoveries in just 210 defensive snaps this season. With Jerraud Powers set to hit free agency, Bethel could have a bigger defensive role next season.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 10:12:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said CB Justin Bethel "might have had the best spring of anybody."

Arians has been hyping Bethel for months, and even said as camp opened that Bethel could start this season "over [Patrick] Peterson or [Antonio] Cromartie" at times. Bethel (6-foot, 200) has the size DC Todd Bowles covets at corner, but he didn't play at all on defense last season, instead focusing on special teams and making the Pro Bowl. Cromartie and Peterson are locked-in starters.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians believes Justin Bethel has the ability to be a "top corner."

"He can be our best," Arians said. "He’s got the skill level to be as good as there is, including Patrick (Peterson). This kid has an unbelievable skill set. We talked to him about counting on him." Bethel made the Pro Bowl last year on special teams, but didn't see any snaps on defense. He could open the season as Arizona's slot corner if Tyrann Mathieu (knee) isn't ready for Week 1. Peterson and Antonio Cromartie are locked in as the starters on the outside.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 10:33:00 PM

The Cardinals are moving third-year DB Justin Bethel to cornerback.

Bethel went to the Pro Bowl as a special teams ace last season and didn't play a single snap on defense. The Cardinals reportedly considered taking Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard at No. 20 overall last night but felt comfortable enough with Bethel as the current No. 4 corner. He's 6-foot, 200 pounds.
Fri, May 9, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians expects DB Justin Bethel to "make the big move" heading into 2014.

Bethel is a 2012 sixth-rounder that has seen time at both safety and corner in his career. Ideally, he'll be a strong nickel and dime player behind Patrick Peterson, Jerraud Powers and Tyrann Mathieu. "[Bethel is] as talented probably as Patrick. He just has to start believing it and play corner the way he plays special teams and we'll really be set back there," Arians said.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 12:33:00 PM

Cardinals DB Justin Bethel was forced from Arizona's Week 10 game against the Jaguars with a concussion.

Bethel was called "questionable" in the first half, but wasn't back after halftime. A valuable reserve, Bethel should be considered week to week.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 03:15:00 PM

The Cardinals are moving second-year DB Justin Bethel from safety to cornerback this season.

Bethel goes 6-foot, 201 with 4.56 speed. A special teams dynamo as a rookie, Bethel will compete for sub-package snaps behind Patrick Peterson and Jerraud Powers. Jamell Fleming and Antoine Cason are also in the mix for nickel duties.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 02:46:00 PM

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says sixth-round S Justin Bethel is a "safe bet" for a roster spot.

Bethel has been a special teams dynamo through Arizona's first three preseason games, blocking three kicks. Bethel should be mostly limited to special teams, but a prototypical 6-foot-0, 200 pounds for a safety, he could see some defensive snaps down the line.
Sat, Aug 18, 2012 03:28:00 PM

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