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QB Drew Stanton - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 235Born: 5-7-1984College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 2

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Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. Stanton did not practice leading up to the Week 6 game, but the team is still hoping he'll be cleared in time for the game against Washington.
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton has a sprained knee and he is currently considered week-to-week.

He is listed as doubtful on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 15): Stanton has sustained a sprained ACL and MCL in his knee, which means they're partially torn - his initial time frame to return to action is four weeks, but that is an estimate.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Stanton is out for the regular season with a knee injury, but he could return in the playoffs.

General News (Fri Dec 19): did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 18): said this injury is different from any other he's ever had, and he said it's too soon to know if he could return to play in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks. He hasn't had any setbacks and started jogging with a brace on his right knee this week. Stanton watched practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and has thrown a ball recently. "It's felt good," Stanton said. "It's one of those things you just go to kinda take time and the healing process is different for everybody."

General News (Tue Dec 16): could be out two to four weeks, according to head coach Bruce Arians. "Everybody's so different in how they heal," Arians said. "So much of it's your makeup mentally -- how bad do you want to heal? And he wants to heal up fast. We'll see."

Week 16: vs Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Cardinals have Carson Palmer on IR, and Drew Stanton is now out for a minimum of four weeks with sprains of his MCL and ACL ligaments (knee) - the Cardinals' passing attack is on life support here, friends. Ryan Lindley managed 4/10 for 30 yards passing in relief of Stanton at St. Louis last week - it'll be either he or journeyman Logan Thomas under center for this key NFC West showdown on Sunday. Seattle can pin their ears back and come early and often with blitzes as they stack the box to stifle Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor in the other phase of the game - the last time these teams met Arizona scored a single field-goal WITH Stanton in the game. This is an ugly situation for the Cardinals thanks to their awful injury plague at quarterback. Lindley/Thomas face a bleak matchup this week, even though they are at home.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
12 at SEA 14 26 149 0 1 4 23 0 0
13 at ATL 24 39 294 1 2 1 7 0 0
14 vs KC 15 30 239 1 0 4 17 0 0
15 at STL 12 20 109 0 0 2 3 0 0
16 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs ATL (24 / 39 / 294 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Whether more due to opposing team's altering their defensive schemes, or simply a regression to the mean, Drew Stanton has come crashing back down to earth. After a successful early-season Carson Palmer imitation, Stanton's same accuracy issues dating back to his college career are once again plaguing him. Stanton's inaccuracy was noticeable in just about every facet on Sunday. He missed open receivers, his ball placement was poor on many of the throws he connected on, and of course there were the two interceptions, which easily could have been four. That isn't to say the offensive woes are solely on Stanton's shoulders, there have been protection breakdowns and a multitude of mental errors across the entire offense, but without the big-plays which have been taken away the last two weeks, Stanton's shown no ability to consistently drive this team down the field for scoring opportunities.

2014 Week 14 vs KC (15 / 30 / 239 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)

After two poor road performances, it was clear from the start of Sunday's game that getting Drew Stanton comfortable early was the team's primary goal. The Cardinals came out in very basic formations with short drops and quick, defined reads. The results were mixed; Stanton certainly seemed more comfortable, but offensive drives were capping out with field goal opportunities. But the recipe for success this season with Cardinals' quarterbacks has been well established by now, and on Sunday Stanton gave us another vintage performance of just that. The numbers were not gaudy, and there were plenty of misses, but Stanton was able to connect on two big-time throws, and not turn the ball over. The first of Stanton's day-defining throws came early in the 3rd quarter with the team facing a 2nd-10 from their own 39-yard line. From the shotgun, with two receivers bunched wide to Stanton's right, and Fitzgerald in tight on his left, Stanton faced pressure as soon as he hit the last step in his drop. After climbing the pocket and shading to the left hash mark, Stanton unleashed a beautifully thrown ball right into the hands of a streaking Michael Floyd down the right sideline for 45 yards leading to a field goal. While that was arguably Stanton's best throw of the day, his most important came on their next offensive possession. Facing a 3rd-18 after a disastrous sack pushed them back to the Chief's 26-yard line, the Cardinals came out in a 5-wide set with WR Jaron Brown in the slot to Stanton's left. Brown utilized a great move off the line to gain separation from his defender, and simply ran a vertical route right up the seam. With the safety biting just enough on TE John Carlson's curl route, Stanton was able to float one up over the Chief's defender and right into Brown's hands for an excellent touchdown throw.

2014 Week 15 vs STL (12 / 20 / 109 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

For two-and-a-half quarters, Drew Stanton played quality, smart football. He made quick, decisive reads, protected to football and played within the run-heavy, conservative game plan. Twice he was able to pick up big yards on deep throws to Michael Floyd, first with a 49-yard completion then later with a 36-yard pass interference penalty. Maybe most impressively of all, Stanton hardly felt any pressure against the hottest defense in the league. That all changed on one awful play midway through the 3rd quarter, when the Rams notched their first sack of the night and almost certainly ended Drew Stanton's season with a knee injury. The look on Stanton's face as he was carted off the field mirrored that of Carson Palmer's, who coincidently enough saw his season end at the hands of this very same defense just a few weeks before. If now is the time to eulogize Stanton's season, then it should be spoken about in glowing terms. The numbers were not pretty, and quite frankly neither were a lot of the passes, but he did more than any fan can hope for from their backup, making huge throws in every game that directly contributed to the end result. The Cardinals would not be 11-3 without Drew Stanton. Nothing about that sentence makes any sense, but nothing about this Cardinals season has either. Update: Local reporter Mike Jureki stated its believed Stanton has a sprained ACL and a Grade-2 MCL sprain. Coach Arians said Stanton was week-to-week but doubtful for next Sunday's game against Seattle.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Drew Stanton returns to practice (Thu Dec 18, 08:48 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, Dec. 18. He spent a portion of practice on an exercise bike working with trainers.

Our View: Stanton still won't play this weekend, and if the Cardinals lose, they will lose the division lead to the Seahawks, so it will require the Rams winning in Seattle for Week 17 to matter. The most likely scenario here is that Stanton tries to return for a road playoff game in two weeks.
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Cardinals | No practice for Drew Stanton (Wed Dec 17, 08:07 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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Cardinals | Drew Stanton has no timetable (Wed Dec 17, 07:17 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) said this injury is different from any other he's ever had, and he said it's too soon to know if he could return to play in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks. He hasn't had any setbacks and started jogging with a brace on his right knee this week. Stanton watched practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and has thrown a ball recently. 'It's felt good,' Stanton said. 'It's one of those things you just go to kinda take time and the healing process is different for everybody.'

Our View: The Cardinals are going to play it by ear so to speak. In the meantime, get ready for the Ryan Lindley era! The Cardinals will also have a package of plays in place for athletic rookie Logan Thomas as well.
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Cardinals | Drew Stanton could miss 2-4 weeks (Mon Dec 15, 04:45 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) could be out two to four weeks, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'Everybody's so different in how they heal,' Arians said. 'So much of it's your makeup mentally -- how bad do you want to heal? And he wants to heal up fast. We'll see.'

Our View: Are you ready for the Ryan Lindley era? Yeah, the Cardinals are hurting at quarterback. Lindley has a strong arm but little accuracy. That's similar to the skill set of rookie QB Logan Thomas. While Lindley has more experience, Thomas at least has the athleticism to break away and run if need be.
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Cardinals | Drew Stanton to return for playoffs? (Sat Dec 13, 03:59 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) is expected back for the playoffs after suffering what has been determined to be a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

Our View: Stanton is an average quarterback at best, but he did okay with Arizona's weapons when he had the chance. We'll keep an eye on this for those of you playing in playoff leagues, but you will probably have better options anyway.
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