TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Five weeks removed from the San Diego practice squad, Ryan Lindley will start at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals against Seattle on Sunday night.
Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision Monday following the team’s practice, with experience the deciding factor in choosing Lindley over rookie Logan Thomas in what figures to be the biggest game of the Cardinals’ season.
Arians said he will have a package for Thomas in the game plan and both quarterbacks might see action.
Lindley came on in relief when Drew Stanton went down with a knee injury in Thursday night’s 12-6 victory at St. Louis.
Asked what he said to Lindley when he told him he’d start against Seattle, Arians said, “Go sling it baby. Go have fun. You’re here for a reason. You’re only on this team because you’re talented enough to be here. You have everything it takes to win the game.”
The stakes for Sunday night’s game are enormous.
The Cardinals, a playoff berth already assured, can clinch the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed with a win. That would mean all potential playoff games would be at home, including the Super Bowl, since it’s to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium
A loss would leave the teams tied for first in the NFC West, with Seattle holding the tiebreaker by virtue of two wins over Arizona. If the teams were still tied at the end of the regular season the following week, Arizona would be relegated to a wild card berth.
“Knowing that we’re in, there’s some comfort,” Arians said, “but knowing what’s at stake, we don’t want to travel to play.”
With their quarterback issues, the Cardinals are 7