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Jameis Winston and Co. face an Arizona secondary that just acquired some help

The Arizona Cardinals, the Bucs' opponent Sunday in Phoenix, claimed cornerback Tharold Simon (27) off waivers on Wednesday. Simon is shown here breaking up a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) during Super Bowl XLIX. [AP photo]

The Arizona Cardinals, the Bucs' opponent Sunday in Phoenix, claimed cornerback Tharold Simon (27) off waivers on Wednesday. Simon is shown here breaking up a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) during Super Bowl XLIX. [AP photo]

The Bucs' opponent Sunday has added another former SEC defensive back in hopes of restoring what was once a strength.

The Cardinals claimed Tharold Simon, who started five games for the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl team in 2014, off waivers on Wednesday. Simon, who has plagued by toe injuries that cost him his rookie season in 2013 and sidelined him the entire 2015 season, joins a Cardinals secondary full of familiar faces.

He played at LSU alongside current Arizona defensive backs Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Kevin Minter. The Cardinals secondary faces a test Sunday from NFC offensive player of the week Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans.

Peterson is one of the NFL's best cornerbacks and Mathieu was in the running last season for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Cardinals may envision Simon more than a stopgap. Check out what his former Seattle teammate Richard Sherman had to say about him.

Jameis Winston and Co. face an Arizona secondary that just acquired some help 09/15/16 [Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:58pm]
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