Many days, Brian St. Pierre emerges from the training room and, when he changes, you can see a giant red patch across his lower back. It’s a tangible reminder to what he’s going through.
The Cardinals’ quarterbacks have been in focus of late. Kurt Warner and his concussion. Matt Leinart and his chance to start. But St. Pierre has his own storylines. He was going to battle Leinart for the No. 2 QB job in the preseason, but his balky back all but ended that hope before he even played a preseason game. St. Pierre didn’t play well in the preseason, and he said his back was a big reason why. More concerning is that he said the back is still an issue.
“I am worried about it.,” St. Pierre said. “I have played through considerable pain in my life before but this is every day I am trying to fight through it. It’s better than it was in camp but I’m not taking hits either. I am just more disappointed because I couldn’t put my best foot forward in camp and I don’t know if people realized that. I was caught between a rock and a hard place.”
St. Pierre’s future is up in the air. His back could be an issue. More important for the guy who has played in one regular-season game since coming into the league in 2003, St. Pierre wants more of a chance. He’s a free agent again after the season, and, in something of an upset, SI’s Peter King named St. Pierre as one of the intriguing free agents of the upcoming offseason, comparing him to Matt Cassel.
“I wouldn’t even pretend to know about that,” St Pierre said. “I am just tyring to work through practice right now because I am hurting. It was disappointing for me because I felt they might have given me a chance. I don’t know how it will play out but I know I’m tired of being the third quarterback. It’s getting really old. You see some of the people playing (around the league), and it just makes you sick, to be honest.”
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