Drew Stanton

#5 QB / Arizona Cardinals / EXP: 10YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 243 lb Age: 33 College: Michigan State Bye 8

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  • Cardinals' Drew Stanton: Limited Wednesday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Stanton (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. So far, the Cardinals have delayed the announcement of their starting quarterback for Sunday's matchup with the Texans. As head coach Bruce Arians told Kyle Odegard of the team's official site Wednesday, Stanton is progressing through a knee sprain, which has manifested itself in participation in drills the past two days. If the Cardinals eventually turn elsewhere at quarterback, Blaine Gabbert is gearing up for the start by taking most of the first-team reps in the early stages of practice this week.

  • The Cardinals are expected to name Blaine Gabbert as their starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Texans with Stanton (knee) unlikely to be available, sources have informed Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. According to Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Stanton, who sprained his right knee in the Week 10 loss to the Seahawks, was "one of the guys that practiced" Tuesday, but it sounds like the veteran signal caller wasn't able to assuage concerns about his health. As a result, Gabbert is poised to become the Cardinals' third different starting quarterback this season, though it's expected the offense will once again skew run heavy, as it had under Stanton's direction the last two weeks. Since Stanton's injury isn't believed to be a significant one, he could take back starting duties as soon as the Week 12 game against the Jaguars if he receives clearance from team doctors.

  • Stanton suffered a sprained knee in Thursday's loss to the Seahawks, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. Stanton, who completed 24 of 47 passes for 273 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's 22-16 loss, appears to have also come out of the contest with a knee injury. Given that it was a Thursday game. the signal-caller will have extra recovery time, but his status for Week 11 is up in the air at this moment. Blaine Gabbert would draw the start under center should Stanto ultimately be unable to go, while the team expects to bring Matt Barkley back as insurance.

  • Stanton completed 15 of 30 passes for 201 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 20-10 win over the 49ers. He also rushed four times for two yards. Stanton's final line was more or less what was expected of the veteran journeyman, as he mixed some strong throws with ineffective decisions. Stanton connected with Jermaine Gresham and Jaron Brown for scoring throws and hooked up with eight pass catchers overall. Head coach Bruce Arians opted to lean heavily on Adrian Peterson (37 rushes, 159 yards), so Stanton had a certain degree of pressure off his shoulders. It remains to be seen if he'll be able to generate a similar level of serviceable performance week-to-week, and he'll have an uphill battle against the Seahawks in Week 10.

  • Stanton has been named the Cardinals' starting quarterback after Carson Palmer suffered a broken left arm Sunday versus the Rams in London. Entering after a Palmer interception in the second quarter, Stanton directed the offense for five drives, none of which translated to more than 25 yards. Overall, Stanton completed five of 14 passes for 62 yards and one pick while taking his sole carry for four yards. The Cardinals have a Week 8 bye, giving head coach Bruce Arians plenty of time to cater a game plan to the 33-year-old Stanton.

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