Broncos starters to sit out exhibition finale

DENVER -- Mike Shanahan isn't going to deviate from his plan to rest his starters in the final exhibition tuneup against Arizona.

Despite a dismal defensive showing in the preseason and an offense that never had all its parts working together, Shanahan won't alter his strategy.

"No change in philosophy," said the Denver Broncos coach who prefers to use the last preseason game as a job interview for the final half-dozen or so roster spots.

New Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is going to make his starters earn their time off Thursday night.

"We're going to go one, maybe two series," Whisenhunt said. "If they play extremely well in the first series, maybe they'll be out."

The most notable newcomer to the Cardinals' starting lineup is cornerback Rod Hood, who has supplanted Antrel Rolle, their first-round pick in 2005.

Arizona's second-year quarterback Matt Leinart has looked sharp, completing 17 of 23 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in his last two games. But the Cardinals are still harping on him to improve his footwork.

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