When we set the table for Arizona in an earlier blog entry today, a large part of the Arizona discussion centered on QB Kurt Warner, who has the league’s 9th-best passer rating (94.4) and ranks 6th in both passing TDs (20) and completion percentage (67.5%).
But we must also mention that, for now at least, Warner’s status for Sunday night’s game against the Vikings remains unknown because of a concussion he suffered in Week 11 against St. Louis.
According to the official Cardinals-Rams game book on NFL.com, Warner was replaced by Matt Leinart at the end of the 1st half. Leinart played the entire 2nd half of the Rams game and also started the Cardinals game last week against the Tennessee Titans, a 20-17 loss.
Warner was in line to start last week but woke up with neck pain on Sunday and the team decided to sit him. Now Warner is in line to start against the Vikings on Sunday night, but as was the case last week in Tennessee, those plans could change at any moment.
“The easy thing to do is just play,” Warner told the team’s official website. “The hard thing is to make that decision where you feel like you could be hurting your team, but you don’t know whether you’re putting yourself at risk or not. You’re always wondering if your teammates second-guess you or if you could have made an impact on the game.”
The Vikings dealt with a similar situation last week with starting RG Anthony Herrera, who was listed on the injury report with a concussion. Herrera did not practice at all leading up to last week’s Bears game and he of course did not suit up on Sunday, either.
The question of whether Warner will play or not will linger all week and probably even into Sunday morning. Even if the Cardinals, head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Warner or any of the QBs teammates say unequivocally that Warner will play, it’s never a sure thing until the team’s release their list of active/inactive players 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
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