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Arizona Cardinals release quarterback Matt Leinart

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Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Matt Leinart (7) and Derek Anderson (3) talk during team stretching during NFL football training camp, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Matt Leinart (7) and Derek Anderson (3) talk during team stretching during NFL football training camp, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have released quarterback Matt Leinart, ending a rocky stint with the team that began with fanfare and ended with the former Southern California star taking a backseat to Derek Anderson in the last two preseason games.

The team announced the decision to release the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Saturday.

Leinart was the 10th-overall selection in the 2006 NFL draft. He played in 29 games with 17 starts for Arizona, and threw for 3,893 yards with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

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