Former LSU wideout Malachi Dupre has been on the practice squad of four different teams in the two seasons since the Green Bay Packers selected the John Curtis product in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
On Friday (Dec. 28), the Arizona Cardinals added him to the active roster.
Whether he plays in an NFL regular season game for the first time won’t be known until Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Buffalo Bills had him on their practice squad for much of the 2017 season. Since the Bills released him at the end of the 2018 preseason, Dupre has been on the practice squads for the Texans, Seahawks and Cardinals. The Cardinals added him to their practice squad Dec. 5, roughly a week after the Seahawks cut him from theirs.
While with the Packers in the 2017 preseason, Dupre caught a short pass and quickly experienced what he later said was a “terrifying” knockout blow by Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Tre Sullivan.
“I just remember catching the football,” Dupre told ESPN in a 2017 story. "After that, nothing until I woke up in the ambulance. I don’t remember giving a thumbs-up to the crowd or anything. I’m just glad it’s not as bad as it looked.
“It was the scariest thing in my life because I don’t know why I was there. When I tell you I did not have a clue why I was in the ambulance, I woke up first and heard the sirens and was like, ‘Whoa.’ I just saw lights and people who were like, ‘Calm down. Calm down. You’re all right.’ I panicked, but I had great care that night and I’m very thankful to be back.”
The Packers waived him at the end of the preseason. Ten days later, the Bills added him to their practice squad. They later promoted him to the 53-man roster for a Week 17 game against the Miami Dolphins put put him on the seven-player inactive list for the game.
While at LSU, he played three seasons and decided to leave for the NFL draft with one season of college eligibility remaining. He finished his LSU career with 98 receptions for 1,609 yards and 14 touchdowns.