The Arizona Cardinals have given up hope that Kevin Kolb will return this season, placing the only quarterback who had success with the team this season on injured reserve and naming rookie Ryan Lindley as starter for Sunday's game against Detroit.
Kolb led the team to a 4-0 start to the season, but went down with a rib injury in Week 6 and has not played since. The team placed him on injured reserve Wednesday, two days after claiming quarterback Brian Hoyer on waivers from Pittsburgh.
''I just think in talking with the doctors and where he is physically, just being able to take a hit was the biggest concern,'' coach Ken Whisenhunt said, ''and what kind of effect that would have on him.''
Lindley will be back running an offense that ranks last in the NFL on a team that has lost nine straight and is coming off the most one-sided loss in franchise history, 58-0 at Seattle.
Not exactly a quarterback's dream job.
''We're going to go with Ryan this week,'' Whisenhunt said after Wedn...