TEMPE – Kurt Warner will be the Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback Friday night in their preseason finale against Denver, but coach Ken Whisenhunt says no decision has been made yet about who will start the opener at San Francisco.
Warner has been battling Matt Leinart for the starting job.
“We all want to know,” Warner said after practice Wednesday. “For Matt and myself, it’d be nice knowing what the situation would be and be able to move forward with it. The way I look at it more than anything, the sooner it can happen, the sooner we can get past the (interviews and media coverage) that goes with it and you can prepare for the game.
“We know it’s getting close and you get that anxiety and excitement knowing the decision has to be made soon. I am sure coach understands that and he’ll make the decision as soon as it’s necessary.”
Arizona (2-1) is coming off a 24-0 win at Oakland last Saturday night despite Leinart throwing three interceptions in less than two quarters.
Whisenhunt said Warner is starting against the Broncos (1-2) because of the difference in playing time in the preseason.
So far, Leinart has taken 57 snaps with starts against New Orleans and Oakland. Warner sat out the preseason opener against New Orleans and started against Kansas City and has taken 30 snaps.
“Hopefully we’ll get in enough snaps with the first (offensive) line that both can play,” Whisenhunt said. “I just wanted to make sure Kurt gets his timing with the ones for this game, much like we did in Kansas City.”
Manning not ready yet
INDIANAPOLIS – Now Peyton Manning can start fine-tuning the mechanics, timing and rhythm.
Just don’t expect him to try it in Thursday night’s preseason game against Cincinnati.
Coach Tony Dungy increased the two-time league MVP’s workload Wednesday, one day after he finally returned to practice and showed no lingering effects from the knee surgery that kept him out for the past six weeks.
“We didn’t have him in team work (Tuesday), but he did fine and hasn’t experienced any problems,” Dungy said. “So far, so good.”
Manning, who has never missed a start in his 10-season NFL career, had surgery July 14 to remove an infected bursa sac from his left knee.
Ravens trade for Douglas
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens traded for Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Marques Douglas on Wednesday, reacting quickly to defensive lineman Dwan Edwards’ season-ending back injury.
Former second-round pick Dan Cody was cut to make room for Douglas.
The 31-year-old Douglas was acquired for a late-round draft choice in 2009 and a conditional 2010 draft selection.
Jags’ Harvey ends holdout
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Defensive end Derrick Harvey ended a 33-day holdout Wednesday by signing a five-year, $23.8 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Harvey was the last first-round draft pick to sign, a lengthy holdout that frustrated coach Jack Del Rio and left the former Florida standout behind in preparation for the regular season.