Arizona Cardinals: Back to work Monday
The Arizona Cardinals are back to work as they prepare for their visit to San Francisco on Sunday
If a player goes on injured reserve, that means you can add a player to replace him. The Arizona Cardinals did just that on Monday as they get ready to face division rival San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
After their placement of quarterback Carson Palmer on injured reserve last Thursday, they filled the empty roster spot on defense. On Monday they added outside linebacker Bryson Albright to the 53-man roster. He was signed off of the practice squad.
That left an empty spot on the practice squad for the Cardinals. Tackle Javarius Leamon was added to that roster.
Certainly things would be looking up with Palmer on the roster but this gave the Cardinals the opportunity to add another defensive player. They added quarterback Mike Bercovici to the practice squad last week.
Now starts the journey of Drew Stanton who was elevated to starter after Palmer’s departure. Blaine Gabbert will be his backup. That’s the plan this week anyway.
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The Cardinals have beaten the 49ers five consecutive times, dating back to 2015. Their last loss to the 49ers was 20-17 in the final week of the 2014 season. That game was also at Levi’s Stadium.
Last year the Cardinals went to San Francisco and won 33-21, also with Stanton at quarterback. Palmer was in concussion protocol at the time.
There will be a lot of talk this week about Stanton and not Gabbert, taking over the quarterbacking duties from Palmer. No amount of complaining from fans will change the fact that Stanton will be the starter.
We all need to pray for a healthy week from both sides of the ball. While the 49ers are 0-8 now after their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, they can still be considered a dangerous team. The Cardinals will be back on the practice field on Wednesday.