PHOENIX -- An already difficult second NFL season came to an end for Arizona's Matt Leinart on Tuesday when he was placed on injured reserve with a broken collarbone.
Kurt Warner, the 36-year-old quarterback who had shared duties with Leinart, moves into the starting job. The team signed Tim Rattay on Tuesday to be Warner's backup.
Leinart, a left-hander, fractured his left collarbone when he was sacked by Will Witherspoon in the second quarter of the Cardinals' 34-31 victory over the Rams in St. Louis on Sunday. He sat on the sideline in the second half with his arm in a sling.
Tough break for the Cards, but this is the sort of reason Warner was kept around in the first place. They won't hurt more than they usually do.
That 6-3 logjam in the NFC is going to wind up leaving two or three angry teams at the end of the year. At this point its Division lead or bust because we might as well pull the rest of the wild cards out of a hat for what its worth.