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Arizona Cardinals news 12/16: Ryan Lindley to start

Lots of news after Bruce Arians and Steve Keim talked with the media.

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Well, in the biggest week of football for the Arizona Cardinals this season, we have some news. Bruce Arians and Steve Keim were on the radio and Arians spoke with the media on Monday. Here are some of the stories that came out.

Cardinals:

Cardinals Blogs | Keim talks Stanton rehab, QB situation
"With that type of knee injury, everybody heals different," Keim said. "I know ESPN and some other outlets have put a timeline on it, which is extremely difficult to do. You can say it’s going to be four weeks, I’ve heard people say one-and-a-half weeks.

With Cast, Tyrann Mathieu Ready To Return

Notebook: Fanaika healing but Cooper hopes to start; Fitz named sportsmanship award finalist

Cardinals Tab Ryan Lindley As Starting QB

Arians said Thomas could also play as team gears up for showdown with Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu is expected to play with a cast - ESPN

"I wasn’t going to miss this one," Mathieu said. "I didn’t want to miss the last two, but we’re really excited about this weekend."

Numbers, history not in Ryan Lindley's favor against Seahawks - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Maybe Ryan Lindley, who'll take the first snap of the game from center Lyle Sendlein, will throw his first NFL touchdown, complete more than half his passes or get more than 4.5 yards per attempt.

Larry Fitzgerald, Troy Polamalu among finalists for sportsmanship award - ESPN

Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson are among eight finalists for the NFL's new Sportsmanship Award.

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim: Difficult to put a timetable on Drew Stanton's return

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim: Difficult to put a timetable on Drew Stanton's return

The ever quotable Bruce Arians

The Arizona Cardinals have one of the most quotable coaches in the NFL with Bruce Arians.

Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu plans on playing Sunday vs. Seattle Seahawks

While the Arizona Cardinals' offense continues to lose players to injury, the defense is about to get a key one back for the biggest game of the season.

NFL:

Monday Night Football results: Saints improve to 6-8, take NFC South lead - SBNation.com

It's been a rough season in Chicago and that trend continued on Monday where the Bears struggled to get anything going on offense while the Saints ran out to a 24-0 lead. Chicago did score eventually, but New Orleans moved into the NFC South lead.

Stars align for the Cowboys - SBNation.com

The Cowboys have finally broken free from their 8-8 ways, thanks to their superstar foursome -- Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten. With a crucial win Sunday over the Eagles, the only question now is how far they take Dallas.

MMBM Week 15: Let Johnny Manziel play drunk - SBNation.com

This column is written for and by a REAL fan of the NFL. Its designed to be read on your Monday Morning commode break after a long Sunday eating bad-for-you food and drinking beers.

Phone call shows NFL executive promised Adrian Peterson 2-game suspension - SBNation.com

A phone call shows Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, promised Adrian Peterson a two-game suspension.

DeMarco Murray will undergo surgery on broken hand - SBNation.com

The NFL's leading rusher has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, however.

Jay Gruden told he will return to Washington in 2015, per report - SBNation.com

A Gruden return would likely signal the end of RGIII in Washington.

Joe Philbin's 'fate seems sealed,' likely to be fired, per report - SBNation.com

Joe Philbin's future with the Dolphins looks to be coming to a close after three seasons with the team.

RG3 will start for injured Colt McCoy - SBNation.com

Another week, another change at quarterback in Washington.

From the Bills defense to Johnny Manziel, the best and worst of NFL Week 15 - SBNation.com

Dan Rubenstein joins The Sporting Gentleman to discuss Odell Beckham and Dez Bryant's brilliance, a shoddy week of officiating, how the Bengals could actually win a playoff game, and more.

NFL admits costly penalty against 49ers was wrong call - SBNation.com

A roughing the penalty flag helped Seattle beat San Francisco Sunday. According to the NFL's head of officiating, it shouldn't have been called.

NFL injury report: Frank Gore, T.Y. Hilton awaiting further test results - SBNation.com

Sunday's NFL action featured a number of key injuries that affected both the NFL landscape and playoff fates for fantasy football owners across the nation. SB Nation medical expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi's Monday morning injury update from the week.