Will Warner Play?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 2, 2009 – 10:10 am

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, 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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5 Responses to “Will Warner Play?”

  1. By CA Norwegian on Dec 2, 2009 | Reply

    Rest Warner! (I don’t want to see him hurt) And then we can rest Favre in the second half.

  2. By purplehorn on Dec 2, 2009 | Reply

    Based on what Warner said about sensitivity to light, I think the Cards would be crazy to start him. If he was 100%, I’d love to see him in because it is the kind of test the Vikings need to have down the stretch- but both teams are not threatened in their respective divisions. Warner should sit out.

  3. By Brownicus on Dec 2, 2009 | Reply

    I think Warner will play, the game is still a few days away and he’s a pretty tough guy. The cards will most likely win their division, but the cards don’t have a great running game and will need Warner if they want a shot at winning this game.

  4. By Fogman on Dec 2, 2009 | Reply

    Either way, Warner has a chance of getting roughed up again by the boys up front. He is not quick to escape….look at last years game when they smoked the Cards. I’m sure that is on their minds too so they will be looking for a little revenge….But we have #4 who will have none of that stuff.

  5. By PurpleReign on Dec 2, 2009 | Reply

    As much as I would love to see Warner play I think his good sense will get the better of him. He is already having nightmares about 69 rounding the edge and knock him into 2010. I think if he plays though the Vikes will get a good test on the road against a motivated team. Plus I’d like to see those two old fellers work their magic on the same field. Vikes win either way

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