While Cardinals QB Carson palmer remains in the league concussion protocol, GM Steve Keim commented that Palmer is "doing great by all indications."
This will be a situation to monitor closely all week, as Palmer's health obviously has a huge impact on the entire Arizona passing game. The Cardinals don't play until Monday night against the Jets, so deciding on John Brown and Michael Floyd as borderline flex plays could be tricky, although Drew Stanton did play well on Monday night and New York bleeds fantasy points to wide receivers.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:35pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (concussion, out) did not practice Wednesday. With Palmer out, Drew Stanton will get the start. In eight starts for the Cardinals in 2014, he averaged 203 passing yards with 0.75 touchdowns and 0.63 interceptions, so he doesn’t look like much of a streaming option even in a pretty good matchup with a mediocre San Francisco pass defense. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown all take a hit.
Drew Stanton will make his first start of the season.
Palmer suffered a concussion on Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Coach Bruce Arians said Palmer made progress in recovery, but won't travel with the team out of precaution.
With Palmer out, Drew Stanton will get the start. In eight starts for the Cardinals in 2014, he averaged 203 passing yards with 0.75 touchdowns and 0.63 interceptions, so he doesn’t look like much of a streaming option even in a pretty good matchup with a mediocre San Francisco pass defense. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown all take a hit in the rankings.
Carson Palmer's status for Thursday Night Football is up in the air.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters that the quarterback was at the team facility Tuesday, but remains in concussion protocol and is still taking tests. Palmer suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter of Arizona's Week 4 loss to the Rams and backup quarterback Drew Stanton threw two interceptions in a short relief appearance.
It's a short turnaround for the Cards, who will have to travel to San Francisco on Wednesday for Thursday night's game. So the expectations that Palmer will be available to play remain low. However, earlier in the day, Arians said on a conference call that there is still a "chance he could play."
Monday brought a somewhat different tune from Cardinals HC Bruce Arians. Carson Palmer is in the concussion protocol, but Arians said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, that the quarterback’s condition was better on Monday than it was after Sunday’s loss.
The coach is “more optimistic” that Palmer can play and said that Palmer won’t need to practice in order to play against the Niners.
Related players: Drew Stanton
The game is a Thursday night so the odds are already against Palmer. Still, Palmer will need to pass the tests in order to be cleared even if the team is more optimistic than they were on Sunday. Drew Stanton would start if Palmer can't go.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer left the game in the fourth quarter after his head slammed against the turf while he was being sacked by Aaron Donald and Eugene Sims and he was evaluated on the sideline briefly before returning to the locker room.
Coach Bruce Arians said after the game that Palmer is now in the concussion protocol and that the Cardinals will be “very, very careful” with him in the coming days.
Related players: Drew Stanton
PFT is reading into the quote from Arians that Palmer is likely out this week against the 49ers, which could very well be the case. However, there is obviously nothing official this early in the week. Keep in mind, it's a short week which doesn't help as the Cards play on Thursday night. Needless to say, owners should come up with a backup plan. Drew Stanton would start in Palmer’s place. He threw a pair of interceptions late in Sunday’s loss. Palmer was 23-of-36 for 288 yards, a touchdown and an interception while also losing a fumble.
Quarterback Drew Stanton’s contract expired at the end of the 2015 season, but he didn’t wade into the free agent market in March.
Stanton re-signed with the Cardinals for two years before free agency opened, leaving him set to serve as Carson Palmer’s backup for a fourth season. Stanton’s deal includes $4.5 million in guaranteed money, but no immediate chance to lead the offense.
He told Alex Marvez and Rick Neuheisel of Sirius XM NFL Radio that being in a place he and his family enjoy was more important in the short term and that the Cardinals have told him he’ll have a chance to be the next starter in Arizona.
Palmer will turn 37 this year. Stanton knows the offense well and would be in a great situation with a group of WRs who are both established yet still seem to have some upside. The big question is how long will Palmer stick around and perform at a high level.
Arizona gained 11 yards and a first down on two runs and a pass. Quarterback Carson Palmer stayed upright. Arizona looked like it was on its way to another offensive outpouring.
Then on the Cardinals' fourth play from scrimmage, right guard Jonathan Cooper got beat by Oakland defensive end Denico Autry, which ignited a chain of events that led to the offense crashing down. Autry then bulldozed Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, who nearly fell into Palmer, who had to tuck the ball for a moment to avoid getting hit and losing it. Palmer then missed the opening to hit Larry Fitzgerald, which led to an interception.
And it didn't stop there.
Palmer was sacked three times and threw two interceptions in the first half before backup Drew Stanton replaced him in the third quarter. After weeks of promising practices with air-tight pockets and pinpoint accuracy, the Cardinals' offense looked scattered. The tackles -- both Jared Veldheer on the left side and Bradley Sowell on the right -- were consistently beat, which led to Palmer getting hit 14 times in the first half.
It's not good news for Palmer and his owners, but it is just the preseason. The team had concerns about keeping Palmer upright and healthy this season all through the offseason. As we saw last year, Palmer is the key to making this talented offense run.
Carson Palmer wasn’t at practice Tuesday, but that was planned all along. The quarterback was going to sit out to rest his legs, and backup quarterback Drew Stanton was scheduled to sit out Wednesday.
That it was the plan was important, since Palmer is coming off an ACL tear and Monday, in his first day in the pocket of padded 11-on-11, Palmer had his legs taken out -- making everyone in University of Phoenix Stadium gasp for a moment.
“My heart was in my behind,” Mathieu said. “It was tough, man. We are feeling pretty good as a team right now so I certainly didn’t want to be responsible for No. 3 (Palmer).”
The story said Palmer immediately jumped up in the middle of the two-minute drill for the next play, but that didn’t make it any easier for coach Bruce Arians or blitzing safety Tyrann Mathieu, who knocked running back Kerwynn Williams into Palmer. Good news all around as Palmer dodged a bullet. Palmer is a potential sleeper for those waiting on the QB position.
Monday, July 27, 2015, 1:42pm
“This is just kind of one of those things with the MCL, you just took a little bit more time to let it recover, let it get that strength back so it wasn’t so flexible,” Stanton said. “And really just go from there.”
Stanton injured his knee against St. Louis in Week 15, but wasn’t ruled out for the rest of the season, even leading up to the Cardinals’ wild-card playoff game at Carolina. The recovery process allowed Stanton to fully participate in OTAs and minicamp in May and June.
He filled in for starting quarterback Carson Palmer during 11-on-11 drills in minicamp.
“It’s responded really well,” Stanton said. “Starting way back when and kind of having a process and sticking to it, I haven’t had a day where it felt off or it didn’t feel like it recovered from the day before. It’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes, but I think it’s paid off.”
Monday was an easy day for Palmer to soak in the here and now. The Cardinals began Phase II of their offseason workout program, which allowed the players to take the field and run plays for the first time. Palmer was right in the mix, participating with the first-team offense in all of the drills.
He not only handed the ball off to the running backs, but zipped short, intermediate and deep throws to his receivers. While the action wasn’t close to replicating game-like conditions, Palmer said joining the rest of the team on the field was a big mental boost after missing the last eight games of the 2014 season.
"Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to do everything once OTAs start, but I’ll be able to do just about everything."
Palmer looks like a man possessed. His rehab is ongoing, spending extra time doing footwork drills with Drew Stanton and finishing up with a plethora of knee-strengthening activities in a near-empty weight room.
“I’m always competing against other quarterbacks in the league in my head, and there are a lot of guys not coming off injuries,” Palmer said. “I have to work that much harder, spend that much more time on it. But that part’s easy for me. I like the work. I like the feeling I have when I go home, just knowing, ‘Man, I’m done. I couldn’t have done any more reps today. I don’t even want my kids to tackle me when I walk in the door today because I’m so tired.’ I enjoy that feeling. That part’s not an issue for me.”
Palmer averaged 271 yards, 1.8 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions in six 2014 starts, or 17.2 fantasy points per game. Those are fringe QB1 numbers, so if Palmer is good to go for 2015, he'll be on the radar as a late-round value for those owners looking to stream or form a committee at the position. His presence is also huge for Larry Fitzgerald, who averaged 5.3 catches for 81 yards and 0.33 TD in six games with a healthy Palmer under center.
Saturday, January 3, 2015, 3:39pm
Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm
Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 18. Ryan Lindley will continue to start, which is why we like the Carolina defense this week.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians confirmed what seemed like was coming all week as quarterback Drew Stanton couldn’t practice with a bad knee: Stanton will not be able to play Saturday against the Panthers, and Ryan Lindley will start. Stanton always seemed like a longshot to go anyway as the week went on.
This is why the Panthers are our top-ranked defense this week.
If quarterback Drew Stanton wants to play in Arizona's Wild Card game Saturday at Carolina, he has to practice at least one day this week, coach Bruce Arians said.
That’s it. Just one. It doesn’t matter if it happened Tuesday or comes Wednesday or Thursday. That's all Arians wants to see from Stanton before he hands him the ball against the Panthers.
But time is running out on Stanton. He wasn’t on the field during the part of Arizona’s practice Tuesday open to the media. Since an injury report wasn’t required to be distributed, it's unknown if he participated after practice was closed. Arians said there wasn’t a change in Stanton’s status, meaning Stanton continues to recover from a right knee injury suffered against the St. Louis Rams in Week 15.
The Cardinals will go through a walk-through in Charlotte on Friday, but Stanton would need to go through a full practice in order for Arians to consider playing him. Arizona changed their travel plans to fly to Charlotte on Thursday instead of Friday, as was initially scheduled.
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