Drew Stanton doubtful for Cardinals on Sunday

TEMPE, Ariz. — Sports really can bring out the nutty side in people, as the status of Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton proved this week.

When coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Wednesday that Stanton’s best-case scenario for return from a knee injury was Sunday against the Seahawks, he raised eyebrows, only to have Stanton laugh off those comments later.

Stanton had only had a week of rehab since suffering a reported ACL sprain and Grade II MCL sprain on Thursday Night football against the Rams.

"I’ve got a long way to go," he said. "There’s not enough hours in the day right now for me to try and get in here and get treatment." 

Then Stanton was listed as limited in Thursday’s practice, and the conspiracy theorists emerged on the team’s website. Some even suggested that Stanton and Arians had conspired to fake the injury in anticipation of this vital game against the Seahawks for the NFC West Division crown and the conference’s No. 1 seed.

Arians left open the possibility that Stanton will dress for Sunday’s game when he announced after Friday’s practice that Stanton had made good progress and would be a game-time decision, but he doused the impending fire when asked if he was ruling out the possibility Stanton could start.

"Yes," Arians said. "If he’s able to go he’ll possibly be No. 2."

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And that was that. In all likelihood Stanton will be the No. 3 QB for an emergency situation. The previously stated timetable of two to four weeks is still the one to use when assessing Stanton’s healing potential. He didn’t do anything during the open portion of practice on Friday because of the limited number of reps, and he was limping noticeably when he walked. He was listed as doubtful on the team’s official injury report.

If the Cardinals are to clinch the division title, the NFC’s top seed and home field throughout the playoffs (including the Super Bowl), they’ll have to beat the Seahawks with some combination of Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas — just as was reported on Monday.

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