Ryan Lindley to start for Cardinals against Seahawks


The Arizona Cardinals are down to Plan C.

After injuries to quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton this season, head coach Bruce Arians said Ryan Lindley will get the start against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.

Lindley, in his third year in the league, finished last week’s game against the St. Louis Rams after Stanton was injured.

Lindley went 4-for-10 for 30 yards.

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In his defense, he hasn’t really seen much action since 2012, when he was a rookie with the Cardinals and played in six games, starting four of them.

In those games he completed 89 of his 171 passes (52%) for 752 yards. He also threw seven interceptions and has never thrown a touchdown pass in his career.

The Cardinals really didn’t have other options for the starter of Sunday’s game.

If not Lindley, Arians would have had to go with Logan Thomasa rookie from Virginia Tech.

Thomas played in parts of a Week 5 blowout loss to the Denver Broncos, completing one pass for 81 yards and a touchdown. He was 1-for-8 in that game, the long TD being his only completion.

Last year at Virginia Tech, Thomas completed 56 percent of his passes for 2,909 yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

The Seahawks have been dominating offenses for weeks now and with the NFC West on the line on Sunday, Seattle will surely have a slight advantage here.

Seattle has been one of the hottest teams in football, winners of seven of their last eight and four in a row in which they have outscored opponents 79-27.

The Cardinals, on the other hand, have been in a funk lately. After starting the season 9-1, they lost two in a row before winning their last two by a combined nine points.

The Sunday Night Football matchup between the Cards and Seahawks kicks off on NBC at 5:30 p.m. PT.