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Leinart Put on Injured Reserve; Cards sign Rattay

The season that was for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart finally came to an end on Tuesday when he was placed on the injured reserve list with a broken left collarbone, according to Bob Baum of the Associated Press.  The team signed Tim Rattay on Tuesday to be QB Kurt Warner’s backup.  Rattay, an eight-year veteran, played in 4 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year; he also played for the San Francisco 49ers for 6 years before being traded to the Buccaneers.

Leinart fractured his left collarbone when he was sacked by St. Louis Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon in the second quarter of the Cardinals-Rams game last Sunday.  Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said that, “We didn’t want to rush him back.  To hold a roster spot for that long is difficult, with some of the areas we are banged, with the hope he can get back in time.  I am more concerned about him trying to rush back and maybe jeopardize his future.”

Probably the major reason for the Rattay signing was the uncertain timetable involved in calling Leinart’s season over.  Warner, as previously mentioned, will be the Cardinals’ starting QB until further notice.  Warner, a 10-year veteran (the last 3 with Arizona), started the first 4 games for the Cardinals last season before losing the job to then-rookie Leinart.  I think it is safe to say that the QB carousel experiment is officially over.

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