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Ryan Lindley the Arizona Cardinals’ guy at quarterback

Just more than two months ago, Ryan Lindley wasn’t on an NFL roster. Saturday, he could start at quarterback for the Cardinals.

Coach Bruce Arians said his team is planning for Lindley, the team’s third option at quarterback this season, to start Saturday’s wild-card playoff game in Charlotte.

Lindley took all of the first-team reps at Tuesday’s practice as quarterback Drew Stanton sat out with an infection. Stanton is day-to-day, Arians said.

Rivera said he and his staff aren’t narrowing in on Lindley but rather what the Cardinals do in terms of scheme. There would be more play-action passes with Lindley rather than Stanton, but the core philosophies wouldn’t change.

Carson Palmer began the season as the starter but was sent to injured reserve after tearing the ACL in his left knee last month. Stanton started five games before injuring his knee, and Lindley has started the past two – both losses.

Arians said Stanton is mentally ready to compete but isn’t there physically. The coaching staff won’t make a determination on the starter until Friday after the Cardinals arrive in Charlotte.

In his past two starts, Lindley completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 532 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. The Cardinals dropped consecutive games to Seattle and San Francisco to close the season.

But Lindley improved as he received more game reps. Though he threw three interceptions Sunday against the 49ers, he tossed his first career touchdown passes against San Francisco in a 20-17 loss.