Cardinals turn to Brian Hoyer to start at quarterback in finale

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) is pressured by Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije (71) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) is pressured by Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije (71) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals will give Brian Hoyer his first NFL start, less than three weeks after the team claimed him off waivers from Pittsburgh.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday that the former Michigan State quarterback will start for the Cardinals in their season finale Sunday at San Francisco.

Hoyer, who spent three seasons as a backup in New England and was out of a job for most of this season, will be the fourth starter at quarterback for the Cardinals this year, operating an offense that ranks last in the NFL.

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Arizona also has gone with John Skelton, Kevin Kolb and rookie Ryan Lindley at the position. Kolb is out for the season with a rib injury. The other two were benched for lack of production.

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