Kurt Warner will replace Josh McCown as starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Coach Dennis Green declined to say yesterday why he was making the switch.

"That's coach talk," he said. "We've got a bunch of guys that were involved in that decision. We talk about it every single week, and this week this is what we decided."

Warner started the first three games, but was knocked out of the 37-12 loss in Seattle on Sept. 25 with a right groin strain. McCown started the last four games, including the team's only two victories.

McCown threw for 385 and 394 yards in his first two starts, but has struggled the last two. He acknowledged he has sore ribs from the many blows he took in Sunday's 34-13 loss at Dallas, where he was 16 for 33 for 161 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

"There were some big hits and with that comes some big soreness, I guess," he said. "But I'm working with the training staff to get my injuries better so I'll be ready to go if needed."

* 49ERS: San Francisco will start third-string quarterback Cody Pickett on Sunday against the New York Giants.

Pickett, 25, replaces Alex Smith, this year's No. 1 overall draft pick. Smith injured his knee against the Redskins on Oct. 23, and backup Ken Dorsey injured his ankle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 30.

* STEELERS: Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice with a right knee injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Green Bay.

Roethlisberger suffered an injury to his left knee on the first series of Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

After throwing a five-yard pass to Antwaan Randle El, he was hit on the knee by Baltimore defensive end Jarret Johnson. He came up limping, but on fourth down ran a quarterback sneak for a first down. Four plays later, he threw a touchdown pass to Heath Miller and went to the sideline to don a brace.

* RAIDERS: The team and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority announced a plan to end nearly a decade of legal acrimony by dropping existing lawsuits and ending an unsuccessful seat licensing plan.

The "personal seat licenses" -- part of a deal the team and authority worked out 10 years ago to bring the Raiders back from Los Angeles -- became a focal point of the team's fraud lawsuit against the authority that ended in 2003 with a $34.2 million jury award in the team's favor.

* BROWNS: Running back Reuben Droughns apologized for his drunken driving arrest, calling it a lapse of judgment.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the 27-year-old Droughns early Tuesday after he spotted a vehicle speeding and weaving in traffic in suburban Cleveland.

* PACKERS: Green Bay waived second-year cornerback Joey Thomas.

Thomas, who briefly replaced starter Ahmad Carroll earlier this season, was benched Sunday at Cincinnati after he fell down on a key third-down play in a 21-14 loss to the Bengals. He was replaced as the nickel back by rookie Mike Hawkins.

* PATRIOTS: New England's Tedy Bruschi, returning to the lineup eight months after a stroke, was named the AFC's defensive player of the week.

Bruschi had 10 tackles Sunday in the Patriots' 21-16 win over Buffalo. He played nearly the entire game in his first game action the Super Bowl.