Drew Stanton to Miss Playoffs?
The Arizona Cardinals have to have the worst luck of any NFL team in 2014. Despite starting the season at a blistering 9-1, the team has lost both of it’s top two quarterbacks to injury. They lost Carson Palmer near mid-season to a torn ACL and then lost Drew Stanton to a sprained knee just a few weeks ago.
Of course, with Stanton, they thought they’d be getting him back. As it turns out, they won’t.
Per reports, Stanton developed an infection in his sprained knee that required surgery and now the former Spartan is likely to miss the remainder of the year.
Stanton wasn’t amazing before going down. In fact, he was dreadful in his last full start against the Seattle Seahawks, a pathetic 19-3 loss on the road. However, he was still miles ahead of Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas. With Stanton, the Cardinals could at least try to take some deep shots to keep the opposition honest. Without him, they really can’t.
With Stanton out, Lindley has played in the last two games and has looked totally lost. Things were so bad that the team decided to turn to rookie passer Logan Thomas this week. However, Thomas was reportedly so bad in practice that head coach Bruce Arians made the swift decision to turn back to Lindley after just one day.
That’s not good for Thomas, the Cardinals or anyone. It’s been worse. It’s been so bad that many have even called for the likes of Brett Favre or Kurt Warner to come out of retirement to save the Cardinals. After all, the team has an elite defense and could still have a solid seed in the playoffs, depending on how they finish their week 17 regular season finale.
Warner and Favre aren’t realistic options, however, as rules would prevent players on team’s reserve/retired list from being activated beyond November. That would leave Arizona with the two guys they already have, or force their hand to bring in someone that doesn’t know the offense at all. Some have brought up Tim Tebow , Vince Young and others, but no one is so good that they’re worth the risk without knowing Arizona’s offense.
As it stands, the Cardinals seem destined to be one and done in the playoffs. They still have the coaching and defense to shock with a win or two, but with Lindley stuck under center, it’s doubtful they’ll advance in the playoffs at all.
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