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.
Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim made his usual appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7 Monday morning, and had a positive tone when asked about the possibility of Drew Stanton making Saturday’s playoff game with the Panthers.
“At this point it’s day-to-day, but we’re hopeful,” Keim said.
Getting Stanton back would be a huge boost to the Cardinals, who have floundered badly under third-choice Ryan Lindley, the story said. Stanton was recovering well from his previous knee injury when he had to be treated for an infection last week, an infection the team believes was picked up outside its facilities.
Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:01pm
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Ryan Lindley will reportedly start against San Francisco.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Friday, per two sources informed of the situation, the team discovered an infection Wednesday which required arthroscopic surgery. The infection was believed to have been caused by an outside medical procedure, Rapoport added.
Logan Thomas looks like he’ll get his first NFL start at quarterback.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians reserved the right to alter his thinking as the week goes on, but Monday he said he was “leaning to” giving the rookie out of Virginia Tech the start over Ryan Lindley in the season finale at San Francisco while Drew Stanton continues to heal from his knee injury.
“I think we need to find out what he can do for the future and the playoffs, if it would come to that,” Arians said. “It’s my job to cover every base.
“In no way is it a reflection of the way Ryan played. It’s a chance for Logan to show he could do something.”
The thing that could derail it would be a shaky week of practice for Thomas, Arians said, according to the story. There will be a “quick hook” for Thomas even in the game if he plays – the Cardinals know they still have a chance to win the NFC West, the story went on. As the story also pointed out, the Cardinals’ offense did not do well with Lindley at the helm. Lindley completed 18-of-44 passes for 216 yards and an interception. Most of the night, his passes were off the mark. The Cardinals have just two touchdowns total in their past five games.
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7:07pm
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee, doubtful) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is doubtful for Week 16. Ryan Lindley will draw the start against Seattle.
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