QB Drew Stanton out, two others questionable for Cardinals

Saturday January 3rd, 2015

The Arizona Cardinals have designated guard Jonathan Cooper and nose tackle Dan Williams questionable and quarterback Drew Stanton as out for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Carolina Panthers, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.

Cooper, selected seventh overall by Arizona in the 2013 draft, is limited by injuries to his knee and wrist. Williams, 27, is dealing with an injury to his foot. Cooper has appeared in 10 games this season, starting two; Williams has played in every game this year, recording 32 tackles and one sack.

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Stanton initially injured his knee during a sack in the third quarter of the team's Dec. 11 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Stanton had surgery on the knee last week, and will miss his third straight game on Saturday.

Third-year backup quarterback Ryan Lindley will start in Stanton's place. Lindley is 0-2 as a starter. He completed 59 percent of passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's season-ending loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Lindley is Arizona's third starting quarterback, after Stanton and Carson Palmer, who sustained a season-ending ACL tear on Nov. 9.

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Linebacker Larry Foote, safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker were all listed as probable for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals, 11-5 and second in the NFC West, face the Panthers, 7-8-1 and first in the NFC South, in Carolina on Saturday at 4:35 pm EST.

- Christopher Woody



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