Cardinals place Leinart on IR; sign Rattay

Oct 9, 2007 - 8:58 PM GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - Matt Leinart's season officially is over.

The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday placed Leinart on injured reserve, two days after the second-year quarterback broke his collarbone in a 34-31 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

The moves leaves the offense in the hands of veteran Kurt Warner, a former Super Bowl and league MVP.

The Cardinals (3-2) on Tuesday also signed journeyman Tim Rattay to serve as the backup to Warner.

Rattay signed a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Leinart was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's game after being sacked by linebacker Will Witherspoon.

Before getting hurt, Leinart completed 7-of-13 passes for 100 yards and an interception.

It had been a struggle this season for Leinart, who was unhappy at first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision to split playing time at quarterback between himself and Warner.

The club's first-round pick in 2006, Leinart completed 60-of-112 passes for 647 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions in five games this season.

Warner was the starter at the beginning of last season before handing the job over to Leinart.

The 30-year-old Rattay spent six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers midway through the 2005 season.

Rattay started two two games for Tampa Bay last season before signing with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent earlier this year, but he was cut at the end of training camp.






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