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Brian Hoyer was Tom Brady's backup for three years in New England and was out of work for most of this season. He was claimed by the Cardinals on Dec. 10 and will start Sunday.


TEMPE - The Arizona Cardinals rookie Ryan Lindley will continue to start at quarterback, at least until Kevin Kolb is healthy enough to play.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said that while Lindley had three bad throws that resulted in interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns, in his first NFL start on Sunday, the rookie did have other times when he was effective in the loss to the St. Louis Rams.

It was the Cardinals' seventh loss in a row and almost all of them can be largely attributed to the quarterback position, with Kolb injured, replacement John Skelton ineffective and now with Lindley showing his inexperience at the worst of times.

For the first time since he was hurt five games ago, Kolb was able to practice on a limited basis last week.

Kolb was the first player Whisenhunt mentioned when he was asked on Monday what he was going to do about quarterback this week, as the Cardinals prepare to play the New York Jets on the road.

"Well, I don't know where Kevin is health-wise," the coach said. "He's making progress, but as far as being ready for a game yet, that is something that we can't determine until we see where he is Wednesday. Until he's healthy, I don't know where we are, where we are going to be until that point."

Extra points

• Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh might lose some money for his low blow to the groin against Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Monday that the Lions have been notified that Suh won't be suspended for last Thursday's "incident," though it will be reviewed for a potential fine.

Tampa Bay cornerback Eric Wright was suspended Monday by the NFL for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Wright is the second Tampa Bay starter disciplined for using Adderall. Cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended Oct. 13 for four games and subsequently traded to the New England Patriots while serving the ban.

• The New England Patriots lost their second defensive end in nine days on Monday when Jermaine Cunningham was suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. No substance was specified.

• The Giants placed halfback Andre Brown on recallable injured reserve with a broken left leg. He must stay on the list eight weeks, which would get him back for the Super Bowl if the Giants make it that far.