Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said that it is possible for quarterback Drew Stanton to return for the playoffs, saying his chances of being ready are "85 percent” while speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Stanton has not played since spraining his right knee during a Week 15 victory over the St. Louis Rams. He did not play in last week’s 35-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and Arians said he doesn’t expect Stanton to see any action against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
"He's going to practice some this week, and we'll see how he goes," Arians said. "Do not plan on playing him this week unless it was absolutely necessary."
Arians made it clear that Stanton will be the starter for the playoffs if he is healthy.
Ryan Lindley filled in for Stanton against the Seahawks and went 18/44 for 216 yards and one interception. He was also sacked four times.
Arians said that rookie quarterback Logan Thomas will receive the majority of the snaps with the first-team offense this week in practice and will play at least one half against the 49ers.
“You got to turn over every stone going into the playoffs," Arians said. "It doesn't have anything to do with how Ryan played last week. I need to find out what Logan can do going into the playoffs."
- Scooby Axson