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Arizona Cardinals uncertain who will start at QB in finale

Arizona may trot out the season's fourth different starting quarterback on Sunday.

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Christian Petersen

The Arizona Cardinals wrap up their 2012 season against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt is still trying to find an answer at quarterback. Arizona saw Brian Hoyer take snaps in a loss to the Chicago Bears last week, the fourth man to do so for the Cardinals this year. Now, it is possible that Hoyer will get the start in the finale.

Whisenhunt may be leaning towards Hoyer against the 49ers, as points out, but the decision has yet to be made. Hoyer looked relatively impressive against Chicago, and rookie Ryan Lindley has been far from effective in his time this year:

Whisenhunt was complimentary of Hoyer’s work ethic and conceptual understanding of the offense, and said being Tom Brady’s understudy for the previous three seasons with New England can’t hurt.

But alas, he wanted to wait and watch tape of Sunday’s loss before making any announcements about who will start.

Arizona began the year with John Skelton as the starter, but he went down to injury in the fourth-quarter of the opener against Seattle. Kevin Kolb came in to lead the Cardinals on a game-winning drive on the way to a 4-0 start. Kolb played well enough to allow Arizona's defense to win games, but he hasn't played since Week 6 against the Bills.

Since then, Skelton and Lindley have both played poorly while trading spots as the starter. Now, it may be Hoyer's chance against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.