Coincidentally, the Cardinals will also be San Diego's Week 1 opponent when the regular season gets underway.
Like most clubs this week, the Chargers are expected to rest their starters during the final leg of exhibition play in preparation for their season opener on September 8 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Instead, the team will use Thursday's game as one last evaluation for players who are attempting to make the final roster. On Tuesday, all teams were mandated to trim their rosters to 75 players, and the process will become complete this Saturday when that number will reduce to 53 by 4 p.m. ET.
Monday's cuts included the following players: OL Nick Becton, FB Zach Boren, TE Jake Byrne, WR Brelan Chancellor, LB Adrian Hamilton, WR Micah Hatfield, OL Darryl Johnson, Ryan Otten, DB Lowell Rose, P Chase Tenpenny and RB Kerwynn Williams. CB Brandon Ghee was released on Tuesday.
San Diego also announced the signing of defensive lineman Joe Kruger, who was claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. The move was made in an attempt to reinforce an ailing defensive line that suffered two casualties in last Sunday's contest against the San Francisco 49ers.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reported this week that undrafted rookie Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe suffered a torn ACL and is done for the season, while second-year man Kwame Geathers was diagnosed with a hyperextended knee. Both were placed on the reserve-injured list along with cornerback Marcus Cromartie (groin).
As a side note, veteran offensive guard Jeromey Clary, who underwent surgery on his hip and shoulder in the offseason, will start the year on the PUP list.
Here's what to look for in Thursday's game.