Cardinals starting Anderson over Leinart

Matt Leinart has been benched after just two preseason games, this after the Arizona Cardinals gave him the starting job following Kurt Warner’s retirement.

“Well, I don’t think we’ve played really well enough offensively to make any determination other than we need to get better,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday. “We’re looking at different combinations of people.”

What Leinart will be looking at is Derek Anderson, signed to be his backup, starting Saturday night in Chicago against the Bears.

Leinart, the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft, started for Arizona in a 24-10 loss to Tennessee on Monday night and lasted all of nine plays. He couldn’t produce a first down or any points. Leinart was a pedestrian 4 of 6 for 28 yards against the Titans, and is 10 of 13 for 77 yards in Arizona’s first two preseason games.

On the field

Packers 59, Colts 24: Aaron Rodgers extended his sharp start to the preseason, throwing for 195 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of Green Bay’s rout of visiting Indianapolis at Lambeau Field.

Colts running back Joseph Addai left the game in the third quarter with a concussion.

Rams 36, Patriots 35: Keith Null directed a drive that set up Josh Brown’s 37-yard field goal on the final play that gave St. Louis a win over New England at Foxborough, Mass.

Sam Bradford, the top pick in this year’s draft, was poised and precise in playing the first half. He went 15 for 22 for 189 yards.


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