Warner Has a Surprise for San Diego

The Cardinals know this weekend is the last game of their season, so they're gearing up for it with the excitement level of a playoff game. And quarterback Kurt Warner has a little surprise in store for San Diego to boot.

Kurt Warner is wearing gloves in a game for the first time in his career. Warner began experimenting with the gloves in practice about three weeks ago. He liked the second pair he tried and was comfortable that they didn't negatively impact his passes.

Warner has heard for years that his hands are weaker as a result of injuries. He didn't buy it for the longest time, but he's conceding now that there might be something to it. He's hoping the gloves help his grip on the ball. It's early in the process, but his throws actually look better since he donned the gloves. He appears to be throwing more spirals.

"It's an experiment that's kind of been going on the last three or four weeks," he said. "They really felt pretty good (Sunday)."

Warner has raved about the increased tack he has on the ball now, and he plans to wear the gloves Sunday in San Diego.

Warner is starting in place of Matt Leinart who suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Leinart, who is left-handed, is not expected to need surgery, but he will need several weeks to recover from the sprain. He's expected to undergo an MRI on Wednesday to make sure there was no structural damage in the shoulder.

--S Robert Griffith likes how hard the Cardinals are playing, despite having twice as many losses (10) as victories.

"We've got a group of guys, they fight hard," he said. "Guys are playing like we're going to playoffs, man. It's not like we are going, but you couldn't tell."

--RB Edgerrin James has gained 1,093 rushing yards this season. He's the first Cardinal to gain more than 1,000 since Adrian Murrell in 1998. He also broke the Arizona Cardinals single-season record of 1,070, set by Garrison Hearst in 1995.

"Once we all came together and started simplifying and sticking with one offensive line, it made the biggest difference in the world to us," James said. "That's where it all started."

--QB Matt Leinart was in some pain after Sunday's game in San Francisco, but he was relieved he likely won't require surgery on his injured left shoulder.

"I just fell on it wrong," said Leinart, who suffered the injury on a sack late in the second quarter. "Nothing popped, nothing torn, didn't hear any noises. It's painful, but it's probably the best thing you could have."

--CB Antrel Rolle had his first interception of the season and just his second in two years. Rolle also forced a fumble. He's been under considerable criticism for his lack of big plays this year.

--CB David Macklin might miss Sunday's game with a pulled hamstring. If he can't start, Eric Green would replace him. The two have traded off starting this season.

--MLB Monty Beisel held up well in his first start of the season. With regular starter Gerald Hayes sidelined because of a rib injury, Beisel had eight tackles.

--OLB Karlos Dansby played one of his best games. He had seven tackles, most of which came in one-on-one situations in the open field.

--K Neil Rackers made all four of his field-goal attempts, although a 37-yarder at the beginning of the fourth quarter came perilously close to missing. It sailed over the left upright.

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