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Cardinals Claim QB Brian Hoyer

Starting center Ohrnberger sent to IR with knee injury


The Cardinals claimed quarterback Brian Hoyer off waivers Monday from Pittsburgh.

With the quarterback position in flux for the Cardinals, the team made a move to bring in another option Monday when they picked up Brian Hoyer on waivers.

The roster move was created by putting center Rich Ohrnberger on injured reserve, ending Ohrnberger's season after he suffered a knee injury in Seattle Sunday. Ohrnberger becomes the second center lost for the season, after starter Lyle Sendlein got hurt Nov. 25.

Scott Wedige, who got his first NFL playing time Sunday in Ohrnberger's spot, will likely be the starting center this weekend against Detroit.

Hoyer, just released by the Steelers after spending the past three seasons with the Patriots, probably wouldn't be ready to play against the Lions. But the Cards could try to get him ready to play in the final two games of the season and give him a test drive going into 2013.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday morning he had not yet decided on a quarterback for the Lions' game. He called the choice to possibly end the season of Kevin Kolb "in part a medical decision" although as of now the Cards will go with four quarterbacks on the roster as Kolb rehabs from his ribs problem.

Neither John Skelton or Ryan Lindley has played well at quarterback. The Cardinals have completed just six passes to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald the past four games and have scored only 23 points the past three games.

"You've got to look at all options (at quarterback)," Whisenhunt said before Hoyer was obtained. "I don't know what's going to be available via draft or free agency, but those are all things you have to look at.

"There's no question that's something that has to be looked at and addressed. We tried to, and continue to try to. The play from that position this year hasn't been good enough or consistent enough and that's an important part of it."

In 13 NFL appearances – all with New England – Hoyer has completed 27 of 43 passes for 286 yards, one touchdown and one interception.


The Cardinals also released wide receiver Isaiah Williams from the practice squad-injured reserve list Monday.

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