Report: Cardinals backtrack, decide to start Ryan Lindley at QB

Thursday December 25th, 2014

The Arizona Cardinals will start Ryan Lindley at quarterback on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports

Earlier this week, Arians said that Logan Thomas would start at quarterback. Thomas would have been the fourth Cardinals quarterback to start a game this season. 

Lindley started the team's game against the Seattle Seahawks last week after Drew Stanton hurt his knee the previous game. Lindley was 18-of-44 for 216 yards and an interception in a 35-6 home defeat. 

Regular starter Carson Palmer sustained a season-ending knee injury in November after sitting out several games earlier in the year. Stanton has started nine games for the Cardinals this season, while Palmer has started six. Lindley has started just one game. 

The Cardinals have clinched a playoff spot, but they are still vying to win the NFC West division. Arizona needs a win and a Seahawks loss to win the division and clinch a first-round bye. The Cardinals can also still clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC if they win, the Seahawks lose and the Packers lose to the Lions

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Thomas, a fourth-round pick in this year's draft, has completed one of nine pass attempts this season. His only extended action of the season came in Week 5 when Drew Stanton left with a concussion. Thomas completed just one of his eight passes, but the lone completion was an 81-yard touchdown. He also threw one pass in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. 

The Cardinals play at the 49ers on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. 

- Stanley Kay

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