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Leinart out as Cards QB— for now

NASHVILLE — The Cardinals benched quarterback Matt Leinart on Thursday. It could be temporary — or not.

"I don't think we've played really well enough offensively to make any determination other than we need to get better," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I think it's not anything against Matt or the quarterback position. It's we're looking at different people and trying to find out what's the best combination for our team."

Saturday against the Bears, the combination will include Derek Anderson as the starting quarterback. Leinart, who was unavailable for comment, is scheduled to follow.

Leinart, the 10th overall pick in 2006 out of USC, failed to produce a first down in three series Monday against the Titans. He finished 4-of-6 for 28 yards and is 10-of-13 for 77 yards overall.

Anderson is 24-of-41 for 193 yards and a touchdown. On his first series Monday, he moved Arizona 62 yards for a field goal.

Addai injured

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Colts star running back Joseph Addai sustained a concussion in the third quarter of a 59-24 loss to the Packers. Addai, whose status has not been determined, fell hard while tackling Robert Francois, who recovered Peyton Manning's fumble.

Manning threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns and left after his fumble.

Also, Indianapolis lost starting linebacker Gary Brackett to a right hand injury. He was trying to make a tackle when it appeared his hand hit teammate Philip Wheeler's helmet. His status also was unknown.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns in one half of work. In three games, he is 41-of-53 for 470 yards and three touchdowns.

Bradford sharp: Sam Bradford, the top overall pick in April, went 15-of-22 for 189 yards and two touchdowns in a half of work in the visiting Rams' 36-35 win over the Patriots. In his first two games, Bradford, starting for the injured A.J. Feeley, was a combined 12-for-27 for 81 yards and no touchdowns. But St. Louis lost receiver Donnie Avery to a right knee injury. Avery, whose status was unknown, jumped for a pass, fell and clutched his knee. Tom Brady played into the fourth for the Patriots and went 18-for-22 for 273 yards and three touchdowns.

More Patriots: Kicker Stephen Gostkowski agreed to a four-year extension worth about $14 million, the Boston Herald reported. He has made 103 of 121 field goals during his four-year career.

Bears: Linebacker Brian Urlacher will sit out Saturday with a strained left calf as a precaution.

Bengals: Antonio Bryant's agent said he's unaware of plans to cut the receiver, which New York's Newsday reported will happen. Bryant, who received a $7 million signing bonus during the offseason, has been slowed by a sore left knee, the same one he injured last season while with the Bucs.

Eagles: Tight end Cornelius Ingram had a cyst in the back of his left knee drained. The former Gator will sit out Friday.

Giants: Starting center Shaun O'Hara is out for the preseason with left Achilles' tendinitis but hopes to be ready for the season opener.

Texans: Tight end Owen Daniels hopes to play in the preseason finale after being cleared to practice. Daniels tore his right ACL on Nov. 1 and sustained a stress fracture in his right kneecap during rehab.

Titans: Defensive end Derrick Morgan, the 16th pick in April out for most of camp with a pulled left calf, practiced for the first time since Aug. 1.

Leinart out as Cards QB— for now 08/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 27, 2010 12:54am]
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