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Carson Palmer goes to injured reserve, Arizona Cardinals sign Ryan Lindley from Chargers practice squad

The Arizona draft pick comes back to the desert.

Christian Petersen

The Arizona Cardinals announced a pair of roster moves on Tuesday to adjust for quarterback Carson Palmer's knee injury. The team placed Palmer on season-ending injured reserve and signed quarterback Ryan Lindley from the San Diego Chargers practice squad to the team's 53-man roster.

Lindley (6-3, 232) spent the last two seasons with the Cardinals after being selected in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of San Diego State. He played in six games with four starts as a rookie in 2012 and served as the Cardinals No. 3 QB last year, but did not see any game action. Lindley was with the Cardinals during training camp this season prior to being released on August 25. He joined the Chargers practice squad on August 31.

Lindley will wear jersey No. 14, which he wore in his first stint in Arizona.

Lindley will be the Cardinals' third quarterback, behind now-starter Drew Stanton and rookie backup Logan Thomas.

The Cardinals were always going to bring in a guy familiar with the offense. That was going to be Lindley or Dennis Dixon, who was brought in earlier this season. Lindley was probably the team's first choice last time around, when Palmer had his nerve issue, but NFL rules make it such that if you sign someone from another team's practice squad, he cannot be cut for at least three weeks.

Lindley will likely be with the team the rest of the season.