Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton will start his third-straight game on Sunday, the team confirmed Friday, as the Cardinals travel to Denver to face the Broncos.

By SI Wire
October 03, 2014

Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton will start his third-straight game this weekend, the team announced Friday, as the Cardinals travel to Denver to face the Broncos.

Stanton, a veteran backup in his eighth season, will take the field in place of injured starter Carson Palmer, who has been diagnosed with a dead nerve in his shoulder.

Playing in Palmer's stead, Stanton has led the Cardinals to victories on the road against the New York Giants and at home against the division-rival San Francisco 49ers.

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In those two games, Stanton has gone a combined 32-of-62 for 411 yards and two touchdowns. He has averaged a 51.4 completion percentage and an 82.4 quarterback rating.

After throwing in practice last week, Palmer was limited to conditioning and footwork drills this week. Coach Bruce Arians said the 34-year-old veteran quarterback was receiving "special treatment."

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The Cardinals are 3-0 and lead the NFC West.

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