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Arizona Cardinals news 12/27: Back to Lindley, getting ready for the 49ers

Saturday morning links before the game.

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It is the day before the regular season finale. Drew Stanton could have his season over with an infection and the Cardinals are going back to Ryan Lindley. Here are the links to start your day.

Cardinals:

Arizona Cardinals turn back to Ryan Lindley
Bruce Arians promised he'd use a quick hook with rookie quarterback Logan Thomas and he wasn't kidding.

Cardinals vs. 49ers: Scouting report, prediction
Scouting report for Sunday's NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.

Sunday might be Ryan Lindley's last chance to prove he's an NFL quarterback
Two coaching staffs have seen enough potential in Ryan Lindley. What the Cardinals hope now is for potential to translate into production.

Ryan Lindley To Start, Drew Stanton In Question
While Cardinals hope to have Stanton back for playoffs, Arians waits on Thomas

Friday Five: Cardinals At 49ers
A glance at five top storylines for the Cardinals-49ers game Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.:

Cardinals Blogs | Friday before the Niners, the Cards’ playoff primer

It seems like a lifetime ago when the Cardinals first met the 49ers this season. The Cardinals got behind 14-6 at halftime and then shut the Niners down, winning 23-14 behind the defense and two Drew Stanton-to-Smokey Brown touchdown passes.

Cards could get Warner, but only by cutting him | ProFootballTalk

It remains unlikely that former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner will return to the team after five years away.  And it wouldn't be easy for them to get him, if he perhaps decided while under the influence of egg nog to expose his noggin to further physical contact.

Lindley gives Cardinals 'a better chance to win this game' | FOX Sports

After coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday named rookie Logan Thomas as the team's starting quarterback, Arizona on Friday said Ryan Lindley will start Sunday against San Francisco. Arians evaluated Thomas in practice for two days and returned to Lindley, who last week made his first start since 2012 and the Cardinals lost 35-6 to Seattle.

Behind Enemy Lines Week 17: San Francisco 49ers

What's the word with the Niners?

Trial set for Arizona Cardinals player accused of assault

A March 4 trial is set for Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer on charges that he assaulted his wife during arguments at their apartment.

NFL:

RG3 and J.J. Watt save The Shield, part 2: The Interview - SBNation.com

The thrilling conclusion of a harrowing tale of espionage.

More signs pointing toward Jim Harbaugh to Michigan - SBNation.com

There's nothing official yet, but Michigan analysts consider the move more and more likely.

Lions vs. Packers preview: 3 things that will determine the NFC North winner - SBNation.com

The NFC playoff bracket hinges on the Week 17 showdown between NFC North rivals. Can the Packers keep rolling, or will the Lions steal the show? Retired NFL player Stephen White previews the game.

NFL Draft mailbag: What should the Minnesota Vikings do in the first round? - SBNation.com

The Vikings could be after a receiver in the 1st round, but could they target another position? This week's #DraftBag also compares top receivers and picks out the most underrated QB.

Marvin Lewis has unfinished business with the Bengals - SBNation.com

Lewis has been on the sidelines in Cincinnati for 12 seasons and 100 wins., but he's still searching for his first playoff win. Can he take the Bengals all the way this year?

Michael Sam tells Oprah multiple gay NFL players thanked him - SBNation.com

Sam participated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey where he states that multiple gay NFL players reached out to him to thank him for coming out.

Russell Wilson and his grandma lit up the dance floor on Christmas - SBNation.com

This is an amazing video.

AJ McCarron can't get into Kroger: A Christmas Story - SBNation.com

Twas the night before Christmas ...