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Lions vs. Cardinals: Arizona to start Ryan Lindley at quarterback

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt says Ryan Lindley will start at quarterback on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is under fire after his team suffered the worst loss in franchise history during Week 14, but he will turn to inexperienced quarterback Ryan Lindley as the starter against the Detroit Lions in Week 15. The Cardinals won their first four games in 2012, but since then they've dropped nine consecutive contests, including an embarrassing 58-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week.

Lindley got some action against the Seahawks, and the only potentially redeeming aspect of his performance was that he did not throw an interception -- though he completed just eight of 17 passes for 59 yards. In any case, Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com has reported that Whisenhunt named Lindley the starter for Sunday.

In 2012, Lindley has completed 58 of 120 passes for 507 yards, zero touchdowns and five interceptions for a 42.6 cumulative passer rating. Lindley has the lowest rating among Cardinals QBs this season, ad John Skelton is at 55.4 and Kevin Kolb has posted an 86.1 rating.

The Cardinals will host the Lions on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on FOX.