Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Drew Stanton Passes Protocol
By Scott Allen
Oct 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miler (58) sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
On Friday night it was learned that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton passed his concussion protocol test and should be available to play on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. No official word on the starting quarterback will come until Sunday though.
The announcement that Stanton passed comes as little surprise as Stanton had declared himself symptom-free and feeling great on Friday. He had not been tested since Wednesday. If you fail a concussion protocol test, you must wait 48 hours for another. Stanton said the medical staff was still not completely comfortable on Wednesday passing him.
On Friday afternoon, Cards head coach Bruce Arians said he didn’t know who his starter would be despite every national NFL “insider” insisted Logan Thomas would be the starter. I just found that amazing knowing that Stanton was still scheduled to take his test. So now it could be Stanton starting but we don’t know. It still could be Carson Palmer.
Palmer went to Denver on Friday afternoon after practice for another treatment on his nerve. Palmer was said to be at about 80 percent on Friday. Depending on how things went with Palmer, he may start. My best guess right now though, and this is just a guess, not reporting as fact, Stanton starts and Palmer will be active as the backup. At this point, fans really couldn’t have expected much better than that scenario after what things looked like at the beginning of the week.