Green May Bench Warner for Leinart

By BOB BAUM
The Associated Press
Monday, September 25, 2006; 10:17 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Matt Leinart in the lineup for Kurt Warner? Could happen.

While Cardinals coach Dennis Green didn't say the rookie would replace the struggling veteran for Arizona's next game, he also didn't dismiss the possibility Monday.

"I don't talk personnel on Monday," Green said. "We'll start looking at things and have a staff meeting and take it from there."

Green's noncommittal comments came in the wake of Warner's awful performance in Sunday's 16-14 home loss to the St. Louis Rams. The 35-year-old quarterback was intercepted three times _ once with the team at the Rams 1-yard line and another at the St. Louis 14.

To cap it off, Warner fumbled a snap at the Rams 18 with 1:46 to play as Arizona was positioning itself for a winning field goal.

ESPN.com reported Monday night that the Cardinals were expected to start Leinart against the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday, citing team sources the Web site did not identify. Warner's turnovers are what changed Green's mind about starting his first-round draft pick, according to the report.

When asked if he remained committed to Warner, Green said, "You know what? I've not thought about who the starting players are right now. ... Normally personnel is something we do on Tuesday."

Hardly an endorsement for Warner heading into a game with Atlanta.

Warner has fumbled five times, losing two of them, and thrown four interceptions in the last two games.

Players weren't available for interviews on Monday, but Warner was asked about the possibility of losing his job after Sunday's loss.

"I'll let coach Green make that decision," he said. "Of course I know what I would do, but that's not my decision to make."

The Cardinals' ugly loss came in front of a sellout crowd of 63,278 in their new stadium, and many of the fans let Warner know what they thought of his performance as he left the field.


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