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Arizona Cardinals news 12/18: Arizona believes in Ryan Lindley, Drew Stanton recovering

Some Thursday morning links for you.

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The Arizona Cardinals were back at practice and had media access. The overriding theme of the day was trust and confidence in Ryan Lindley, who will start for the Cardinals on Sunday.

Here is what you might have missed from around the Internet on Wednesday about the Cardinals and the NFL.

Cardinals:

Open Mike Session with Cardinals HC Bruce Arians | NBCSPORTS1060.COM
What BA said to reporters on Wednesday.

Cardinals Blogs | The biggest of the Red Rages

Thursday night, the show’s time slot has been doubled, from 6-8 p.m., and the guest list expanded to the high rollers: Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and team president Michael Bidwill.

Cardinals Blogs | Cards feel the cost of injuries

The Cardinals are not the most injured team in the league, although there has been little argument they have been undercut by the players they have lost. In the NFL, of course, anytime you lose a starting quarterback, that automatically puts you near the top of the list.

Cardinals-Seahawks Can't Get Any Bigger

Arians, players won't shy away from talking about chance at hand to win NFC West, top NFC seed

A Different Ryan Lindley This Time Around

Notebook: Quarterback has grown since 2012; Stanton's return; Injury update

Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley excited for another chance to start

Ryan Lindley said he's a "totally different player" than two years ago, when he struggle as a rookie.

Cards QB Drew Stanton working his way back, but playing Sunday would be a stretch

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the best-case scenario for a return by quarterback Drew Stanton would be this Sunday against the visiting Seahawks. That's not very realistic, but Stanton could be back sooner than most expected.

Keim, scouting staff play crucial role in Cardinals' success | FOX Sports

GM Steve Keim has made 217 roster moves already this season in a constant effort to improve the roster and provide inusrance against injuries.

Larry Fitzgerald: We’ll be just fine with Ryan Lindley | ProFootballTalk

With Carson Palmer out for the season and Drew Stanton out right now, the Cardinals will turn to Ryan Lindley as their starting quarterback against the Seahawks on Sunday.

For Arizona Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley, difference between 2012 and now is 'night and day'

Most Arizona Cardinals fans remember Ryan Lindley from his disastrous stint as a starter in 2012.

Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton on recovery from knee injury: 'It just takes time'

When Drew Stanton first went down with an apparent knee injury during Arizona's 12-6 over the St. Louis Rams last week, initial fears were he could be out for the rest of the season.

Is this the biggest regular-season game in Arizona Cardinals history?

Is this the biggest regular-season game in Arizona Cardinals history?

NFL:

Bears bench Jay Cutler, will start Jimmy Clausen - SBNation.com

Marc Trestman has benched the highest-paid offensive player in football.

Michigan reportedly offers Jim Harbaugh $8 million per year - SBNation.com

That would make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in college football.

There's something different about Tony Romo and the Cowboys - SBNation.com

Dallas has moved beyond its December swoons and is galloping toward the playoffs. Their success on the field starts in the locker room, where Tony Romo has done something few NFL quarterbacks can claim.

49ers release Ray McDonald - SBNation.com

San Francisco parted ways with the veteran defensive end on Wednesday after rape allegations were reported.

The Browns didn't do much to help Johnny Manziel - SBNation.com

Johnny Football's first NFL start didn't go very well. Beyond his rookie mistakes, the Browns failed him on several levels too. Retirned NFL defensive end Stephen White explains.

3 plays from Week 15 that could decide the NFL playoff picture - SBNation.com

Golden Tate, Le'Veon Bell, and Drew Brees came up big when their teams needed a spark in Week 15.

NFL picks, Week 16: Broncos, Patriots should clinch 1st-round byes - SBNation.com

Who will take control of the NFC West in the Seahawks-Cardinals matchup? Can the Steelers beat the Chiefs and secure a playoff spot? Our experts give their picks for those games and the rest of the Week 16 slate.

Uffsides: NFL Week 16 preview, picks, and holiday sweaters - SBNation.com

This week, Matt and the crew look at the Colts-Cowboys tilt, the Chiefs' attempt to stay alive in the playoff race, the upcoming defensive battle in Arizona, a Monday night matchup between division leaders, and more.

Aaron Rodgers defends Jay Cutler against Bears OC remarks - SBNation.com

The Packers and Bears have a heated rivalry, but that's not stopping Aaron Rodgers from defending his good friend.