The reports out of Arizona on Friday were that Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton avoided a season-ending injury to his knee against the Rams on Thursday night and coach Bruce Arians confirmed it a little later in the day.
Arians said that Stanton “has a chance to return this season” and deemed his knee injury, said to be a sprained MCL and ACL, a “day-to-day thing.” It may actually be a bit closer to week-to-week as the coach said, via Darren Urban of the team’s website, that he would be surprised if Stanton were able to play against the Seahawks in Week 16. Arians wasn’t saying who would take his place if that’s how things play out, though.
“I’ll sit down and think who I want to play,” Arians said, via the team.
The choices on the roster are Ryan Lindley, who replaced Stanton on Thursday, and rookie Logan Thomas and Arians injected a bit of humor into the proceedings when he ruled out a return from the only Cardinals quarterback to take the team to the Super Bowl.
“I talked to Kurt [Warner] last night. Brenda’s not going to let him play,” Arians quipped.
The Cardinals have all but clinched a playoff berth, but winning the division may still require a win against the surging Seahawks next week. Given the way the Seattle defense has played the last few weeks, that would be a tall order even with a vintage Warner at the controls of the offense. A little help from the 49ers this weekend would be appreciated, although there’s not much reason to expect it.