Arizona Cardinals Face Big Day On Wednesday


Oct 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Cardinal quarterback Drew Stanton (5) during the first half against the Denver Broncos s at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals players were off on Tuesday, their regular day off, so there was no practice but the team will be back on the practice field on Wednesday as they prepare for the Washington Redskins.  They have a huge day though in relation to the status of their top two quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.

Palmer, who spent Monday in Denver to see a nerve specialist, is going to need to be able to throw by Thursday in order to have a shot to play this weekend.  Head coach Bruce Arians said that if Palmer is unable to throw on Wednesday he will definitely need full practices on Thursday and Friday.

As for Stanton, there should be additional word on how he is progressing on this concussion protocol.  If he hasn’t been cleared, the Cards are most likely going to start Logan Thomas on Sunday.  If they improve by Friday, it is conceivable that Palmer or Stanton could be the backup.  However the Cards signed Dennis Dixon to the practice squad on Tuesday in case Palmer or Stanton or neither can make a go of it this week.

The schedule does play in the Cards favor the next couple of weeks.  After the Cards host the Redskins this week, they go to Oakland in week seven to play the Raiders.  If there are two weeks Cards fans should feel more comfortable going without Palmer or Stanton, it should be these two weeks.