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Arizona Cardinals don't know what to expect from Ryan Lindley in 1st start

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt will have his third starting quarterback of the year on Sunday, when rookie Ryan Lindley starts under center for the Cardinals against the St. Louis Rams.

Kevin C. Cox

Rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley will make his first start for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. When Lindley gets under center against the St. Louis Rams, he will become the third different quarterback to start a game this season for the Cardinals, following the injured Kevin Kolb and struggling John Skelton.

"I don't think you ever know what to expect," head coach Ken Whisenhunt said when asked about starting a rookie quarterback. "He's worked hard all year. He's done a good job. He handled himself well last week. He got more reps. But I think that's the thing with a rookie quarterback. I guess we'll see on Sunday. Hopefully he'll continue to work and play like he has in practice."

Lindley, a sixth-round pick from San Diego State, was 9 for 20 passing for 64 yards last week against Atlanta when he came in to replace Skelton.

Whisenhunt was also asked about whether there were any plans to scale back the offense for his new starter.

"Not necessarily for him," Wisenhunt said. "I think we're trying to do better at a lot of the things we do offensively. I don't necessarily think that scaling back is the right thing. We're trying to do the thing we do better, and try to do more of those things. I don't think he's uncomfortable with what we're doing from a schematic standpoint or the number of plays we have."

The Cardinals and Rams kick off at 2:25 p.m. MT from University of Phoenix Stadium.