QB Drew Stanton to start for the Cardinals against Denver Broncos

Carson Palmer's shoulder injury diagnosed
Friday October 3rd, 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.

- Christopher Woody

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