Arizona is a 7 1/2-point home underdog on Sunday.
While many believe the
"He's a really cerebral young man, he's been in the league for over three (years) and he works hard, extremely hard in the offseason," Fitzgerald told NFL Network. "We actually train together and he's a student of the game, really focused. ... We really believe in Ryan, he can make all the throws. We've just got to protect him, make some plays for him outside, run the ball. We're going to be just fine."
Appearing in six games in 2012, Lindley produced zero touchdowns and nine turnovers. He went 4 of 10 for 30 yards in finishing up the Week 15 win in St. Louis. He faces the Seahawks on Sunday night.
"Go sling it, baby. There's a reason you're here," Arians told Lindley in private when he named him the starter.
Arians went with Lindley over Thomas after Drew Stanton suffered a knee sprain against the Rams in Week 15. Lindley managed to keep his team ahead, completing 4 of 10 passes for 30 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in relief.
Stanton went down with a knee injury in the third quarter of Thursday's win over St. Louis. Arians said that Stanton "has a chance to return this season. It's a day to day thing." Arians was noncommittal when asked about his starter for Week 16 against Seattle.
"I'll sit down and think who I want to play."
"I went with [Lindley] because of his experience, he has been in a stadium and played against these guys and this was not a time to put [Logan Thomas] out there," Arians said. "He is going to be a great player someday, but he is not ready for this yet. Ryan was more than ready; I really liked his poise and his confidence. I didn't feel like we had to scale it back, but I let him throw some balls and he made some nice throws."
Lindley completed four of his 10 passes for 30 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in relief. Stanton is due for an MRI on his injured knee, and depending on the severity of Stanton's injury, Lindley may get the start over Thomas come Week 16 against Seattle.
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