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Cardinals vs. 49ers: Logan Thomas to start at QB, will have quick hook

The fourth round rookie gets the nod in the regular season finale.

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With no Carson Palmer and an injured Drew Stanton, the Arizona Cardinals are making another quarterback move for the regular season finale in San Francisco. Head coach Bruce Arians announced on Arizona Sports 98.7 rookie Logan Thomas would start at quarterback against the 49ers.

A little earlier, when Arians met with reporters, Arians said he "was leaning on" starting Thomas.

Thomas would be the fourth player to start at QB this season.

The final regular season game against the 49ers will likely mean nothing in terms of playoff seeding, but Arians said he will "have a quick hook" with Thomas if he doesn't like what he is seeing from the rookie.

"I want to see what he's got with a week of preparation for our future, and into the playoffs what's the best thing for us," Arians explained.

He said the decision to go with Thomas was not a reflection on the play of Ryan Lindley, who started Sunday against the Seahawks, a 35-6 loss. "I was very happy with Ryan," Arians said. "I thought he did his part in the game and a lot of other guys did not."

Lindley could play again. If Thomas struggles, Lindley will find himself back on the field. Arians is not really resting anybody this weekend. The goal is still to beat the 49ers more than rest for the playoffs because the Cardinals still potentially could win the division. A win in San Francisco, coupled wit a Seattle loss at home to the Rams would give the Cardinals the NFC West title and a first round bye.

What about Drew Stanton? Arians said he would not play this weekend.