Josh Bynes

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Josh Bynes
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Bynes at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2013
No. 57 – Arizona Cardinals
Position: Inside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1989-08-24) August 24, 1989 (age 29)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Boyd H. Anderson
(Lauderdale Lakes, Florida)
College: Auburn
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 257
Sacks: 1.5
Forced fumbles: 4
Fumble recoveries: 1
Interceptions: 2
Player stats at

Joshua Bynes (born August 24, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Auburn.

Early years and college[edit]

Bynes grew up in Florida and went to college at Auburn, where he played college football. Bynes anchored the middle of the Auburn defense for three consecutive years, garnering 2nd Team All-SEC honors as a senior.

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Bynes went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was later signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens. In the preseason finale, Bynes made a strong case for a roster spot with a six tackle, two sack game for Baltimore. He was, however, released. After trying out for several teams, Bynes was re-signed to the practice squad by the Ravens after injuries to linebackers Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe. Bynes was upgraded to the active roster in a Thanksgiving Day win over the San Francisco 49ers but was inactive. Bynes was later released again.

In 2012, Bynes suffered a cracked vertebrae during training camp. He was added to the active roster on October 17, replacing Ray Lewis, who was moved to injured reserve. Bynes made his first career start on December 16, against the Denver Broncos, where he made a career-best 13 tackles in a 34–17 loss.[1]

In Super Bowl XLVII, Bynes tackled Ted Ginn, Jr. after a free kick in the final seconds of the game to clinch the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.[2]

Bynes began the 2013 season as a starter but gradually saw his playing time decrease after Jameel McClain returned from an injury in Week 7. Even still, Bynes had the statistically best season of his career ending the year with 45 total tackles.

On March 11, 2014, Bynes signed the Ravens exclusive rights tender, worth $570,000 for the 2014 season.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On September 22, 2014, Bynes was signed off of the Ravens' practice squad onto the Lions' active roster following injuries.[3] On March 10, 2015, the Lions re-signed Bynes to a two-year contract.[4]

Bynes was placed on injured reserve on September 10, 2016 and was later released.[5] He was re-signed to the Lions active roster on October 25, 2016.[6]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On August 5, 2017, Bynes was signed by the Arizona Cardinals.[7]

On March 13, 2018, Bynes signed a three-year contract extension with the Cardinals.[8]


  1. ^ Edward Lee (December 21, 2012). "Josh Bynes' journey from serious injury to starting linebacker". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers – Play By Play – February 03, 2013 – ESPN". February 3, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Yuille, Sean (September 22, 2014). "Lions to sign Josh Bynes off Ravens' practice squad". Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Twentyman, Tim (March 10, 2015). "Lions re-sign linebacker Josh Bynes". Detroit Lions. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Detroit Lions release LB Josh Bynes from injured reserve". September 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Lions sign LB Josh Bynes and trade LB Kyle Van Noy to Patriots". October 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Williams, Charean (August 5, 2017). "Cardinals make roster moves, sign LBs Josh Bynes, Terence Waugh". 
  8. ^ Williams, Charean (March 13, 2018). "Josh Bynes expected to re-sign with Cardinals". 

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