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Shoulder injury ends year for Cardinals QB Leinart

Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart watched the second half of the Arizona-San Francisco game in street clothes after suffering a shoulder injury.

Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart watched the second half of the Arizona-San Francisco game in street clothes after suffering a shoulder injury.

SAN FRANCISCO – Matt Leinart sprained his left shoulder late in the first half of the Arizona Cardinals’ game against San Francisco on Sunday, ending the quarterback’s strong rookie season one game early.

Leinart was hurt when Roderick Green sacked him on third down during a drive that ended in Neil Rackers’ 39-yard field goal with 1:57 left in the second quarter. Leinart went to the locker room after the hit and returned to the sideline in street clothes as Kurt Warner finished off the Cardinals’ 26-20 victory.

Though the injury apparently isn’t serious, Arizona coach Dennis Green said Leinart will be shelved for the season finale at San Diego on Sunday. Leinart won’t need surgery but is scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday.

“It hurts pretty good, but it’s nothing serious, so that’s a good thing,” said Leinart, who was told such injuries require about four weeks to heal. “Nothing popped, nothing tore. There were no noises. I just fell on it hard.”

Leinart has passed for 2,547 yards and 11 TDs this season despite sitting out most of the Cardinals’ first four games.

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