If the Arizona Cardinals are going to take the NFC West title this season, or make a run at a wild card spot in the NFC, they are going to do it with Kurt Warner as their starting quarterback. That news comes as the team annoucnced today that Matt Leinart was placed on injured reserve with a fracture of his left collarbone, which was injured on Sunday in a win over the St.Louis Rams. Leinart was splitting time with Warner, and this season had moments of struggles, throwing for 647 yards and two TD’s to go along with four interceptions.
Leinart’s best game was in week two against Seattle when he went 23-for-37 for 299 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The following week in a close loss to the Ravens on the road, head coach Ken Whisenhunt starting going back and forth with Warner, and despite that, Leinart remined the starter.
The Heisman Trophy winner from Southern California, was the team’s first-round choice in 2006, the 10th overall pick. To take the spot of Leinart on the roster the team signed Tim Rattay. Last season Rattay played with the Bucs, completing 61 of 101 passes for 748 yards with four TD’s and two interceptions. “(Rattay) has competed in this league and he has started in this league,” Whisenhunt said. “That will help him pick up the offense. Just the way he understands the game : You see it on tape, that’s why we were interested in him.” The team also considered signing former Pats QB Vinny Testaverde.
As well, the team released center Chukky Okobi and cut quarterback Lang Campbell and receiver Matt Trannon from the practice squad.