Stanton is inactive due to coach's decision for Sunday's contest against Pittsburgh. Stanton is the No. 3 quarterback in Cleveland, and the relative health of the team means a few healthy players need to be sidelined. Stanton isn't likely to see the field much this season, barring injury to Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield.
Stanton (knee) has agreed to a two-year deal with the Browns, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Stanton may have to compete with Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan for one roster spot, considering the Browns already traded for Tyrod Taylor and are expected to select a quarterback at No. 1 overall in the upcoming draft. Stanton had six touchdown, five interceptions and 894 passing yards (5.6 per attempt) while completing only 49.7 percent of his throws in five games for the Cardinals last year, playing through an ACL injury and a bone bruise in his knee the final two weeks of the season. He'll turn 34 in May.
Stanton (knee) won't require offseason surgery to address a torn ACL in his knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The quarterback clarified Monday that he's dealing with a bone bruise rather than an ACL injury, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald had previously posted Sunday on his personal Twitter account after Arizona's 26-24 victory over the Seahawks that Stanton had started the final two games of the season with a torn ACL. While Stanton offered more definitive word on the nature of his injury, Rapoport's report adds that the signal caller had been playing through a chronic ACL issue for years, with the final ligament having snapped after he got over the bone bruise. Because of the lack of stability to the knee caused by playing without an ACL, medical professionals usually advise against forgoing surgery, but it sounds as though Stanton is willing to accept the risk due to his status as a pocket passer rather than a quarterback that relies on mobility and change of direction. Stanton will become a free agent this summer and will look to land a backup role somewhere.
According to a tweet from teammate Larry Fitzgerald, Stanton played the final two weeks of the season with a torn ACL. This is the first mentioning of an ACL tear for Stanton, but assuming it's true, the tear likely must have been minor in nature. That said, it's possible offseason surgery will be required to correct the issue. Stanton appeared in five games for the Cardinals this year and will be heading into free agency this offseason.
Stanton will remain the Cardinals' backup quarterback Sunday against the Rams after head coach Bruce Arians named Blaine Gabbert the Week 13 starter, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports. Facing the team that drafted him 10th overall in the 2011, Gabbert carved up the Jaguars for 241 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 38 attempts in a Week 12 win, including two big throws on the Cardinals' final drive that led to a game-winning field goal by Phil Dawson. Though Gabbert's ball protection has left something to be desired, his 6.9 yards per attempt over two starts exceeds the 5.9 mark Stanton put up over three games (two starts) in place of Carson Palmer (arm) before Stanton suffered a knee injury that paved the way for Gabbert to earn a look.
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