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Cards claim Brian Hoyer off waivers

New England Patriots v New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Brian Hoyer #8 of the New England Patriots looks to pass against the New York Giants during an NFL pre-season game at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Patriots 6-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

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On the same day Cardinals ownership backed coach Ken Whisenhunt (for the rest of the season, anyway), the Cardinals went to the waiver wire for an option.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cards claimed Brian Hoyer off waivers from the Steelers. Hoyer was released Saturday when Ben Roethlisberger healed and he was deemed surplus to requirements.

On any other team, at any other time, Hoyer would be a line of agate type.

There’s a cynical-if-not-reasonable argument to be made he’s the Cardinals best quarterback at the moment, with Kevin Kolb hurt and John Skelton and Ryan Lindley in a turnover race.