Září 2012

Arizona Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley has "good start" in preseason finale

1. září 2012 v 7:56

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt made it clear earlier this week that no matter how rookie Ryan Lindley did in his first preseason start Thursday, he wasn't in contention for the starting job. Cheap snapbacks
Lindley didn't do anything Thursday night to change Whisenhunt's mind, but the sixth-round pick out of San Diego State performed well. He completed 9 of 13 passes for 101 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown to Michael Floyd in the second quarter.
Lindley had plenty of time to throw, and he completed 7 of his first 9 passes.
"I think we did a pretty good job," said Lindley, who played throughout the first half. "We drove down the field a few times and we got that one touchdown. We ate up a lot of clock and we kept the defense off the field. That's what you want to do."
Lindley had one pass intercepted but that was negated by a roughing the passer call.
"As a young guy, he didn't seem fazed," Whisenhunt said. "He's done exactly what he's done all camp. Good reads, good decisions, got the ball out, so it was a good start for him."
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The touchdown reception was Floyd's first of the preseason and just his fourth overall catch. It was an acrobatic one. He tipped the ball to himself and caught it as he went to his back in the end zone. Oh, and two Broncos were nearby.
"It feels good to get it in the last game, because I was dying for one," said Floyd, the first-round pick out of Notre Dame. "Just to have a little bit of confidence and momentum going into week one is great."
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Running back Javarris James suffered a torn ACL in his left knee while covering a kickoff and likely will be placed on injured reserve.
James said he wasn't hit on the play.
Quarterback Rich Bartel suffered a right-shoulder injury late in the third quarter, and Lindley returned to the game. Whisenhunt said before the game that Kevin Kolb and John Skelton were unlikely to play.
Bartel, who apparently had lost the No. 3 job to Lindley, was playing well when he was injured. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 92 yards in less than one quarter of action.
Bartel said after the game the injury was nothing serious and that he would be fine for the weekend.
Under consideration
The Cardinals must trim their roster from 75 to 53 by 6 p.m. Friday, but choosing which players to release aren't the only decisions coaches and management must make.
The NFL approved a rule on Thursday allowing a team to designate one player on injured reserve for a possible return during the season.
That means left tackle Levi Brown could move off the injured list if the Cardinals think it's possible he could recover in time from a torn triceps muscle.
Brown was played on injured reserve after suffering the injury in the second preseason game. To qualify for the new designation, he would have to be moved to the 53-man roster for the opening week of the season.
Whisenhunt said after the game that the team will make a decision after conferring with its medical staff.
Brown is expected to miss at least three months, which means late November is likely the earliest he could return.
A good night for Arizona State
The Sun Devils won their season opener and alumnus Omar Bolden made an impact for the Broncos.
Bolden, a rookie cornerback, returned a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown. Bolden was close to stepping out of bounds but the score was upheld after the automatic review.
"I actually thought one of my teammates was a Cardinals player," said Bolden, a fourth-round pick. "I tried to give him a stiff arm, but I come to find out that he is just trying to keep me up and keep me inbounds. He kind of escorted me down the sideline."
Bolden said it was "great" to be able to make a big play in Arizona. Asked if the kick return helps his resume, Bolden said, "no doubt about it. Everybody out here is fighting for scraps. It's just the nature of the business that some guys are going to get let go. I'm just trying to make sure I'm not one of those guys."