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Ryan Lindley named Cardinals starting QB against Lions

Ryan Lindley will start in front of John Skelton as the Arizona Cardinals face the Detroit Lions on Sunday.


John Skelton's regained starting quarterback gig lasted just one game. Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said on Wednesday that rookie Ryan Lindley will start this Sunday against the Detroit Lions, according to Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

Skelton started in last week's 58-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks after sitting behind Lindley for two games, but it was the rookie out of San Diego State that finished the abysmal performance.

Skelton went 11-for-22 for 74 yards and four interceptions before getting pulled. His replacement, Lindley, didn't fare much better, completing 8-of-17 passes for 59 yards without a touchdown or an interception. Each player had a fumble recovered by the Seahawks.

Lindley started two games this year and is completing just 48 percent of his passes. He has five interceptions and no touchdowns.

The swap in the starting lineup comes the same day that the Cardinals announced former starting quarterback Kevin Kolb would be placed on the injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Arizona added to its quarterback depth earlier this week by signing Brian Hoyer off waivers. He was waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.