Carson Palmer‘s 2014 season officially ended today, as the Cardinals announced they’ve placed their starting quarterback on injured reserve after he suffered an ACL injury on Sunday. To replace Palmer on the roster, the team has signed quarterback Ryan Lindley off the Chargers’ practice squad (Twitter link via Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com).
Lindley, 26, was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round in 2012. He spent two seasons with the club, either on the active roster or practice squad, and saw his only regular-season NFL action in ’12 with Arizona, completing 89 of 171 passes (52.0%) for 752 yards, no touchdowns, and seven interceptions. The Cards cut Lindley in August of this year, at which point he caught on with the Chargers’ taxi squad.
For the 2014 Cardinals, Lindley figures to only be an emergency precaution. Drew Stanton, Palmer’s backup, will take the reins as the starter, and rookie Logan Thomas is also on the 53-man roster. If Stanton were to go down with an injury of his own, perhaps Lindley, the relative veteran, would get the first chance to play, since the team may not feel Thomas is ready yet.