Drew Stanton: “Too early to tell” if he’ll play against Seahawks
TEMPE, Ariz. – Could it be true? Can Drew Stanton actually play on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks?
Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians tends to believe Stanton can.
“The brain does funny things,” Arians said.
Arians feels that’s a realistic, best case scenario and timeline for Stanton’s return. Stanton wants to pump the brakes on that soon of a comeback.
“That’s too early to tell,” Stanton said. “My biggest goal is to keep progressing every single day [and] not have any setbacks and feel good about the days work that I put in.”
“Obviously, that is best case scenario because that is the next game, so yeah we can say that is best case scenario,” Stanton said.
On Monday, Arians said the timetable for Stanton’s return would be between two and four weeks, depending on his rehab and how fast his knee heals up.
A knee injury is a unique injury because it’s hard to tell from the naked eye how bad it’s injured. You can only go by the amount of pain you feel and the subsequent MRI like Stanton had.
Stanton’s had injuries before in his football career but nothing to this extent. It’s a little tricky for him in assessing the seriousness of it.
“It just takes time and you don’t really know when that’s gonna be,” Stanton said. “[I’m] dealing with it and just trying to trust the rehab that they have in place for me everyday and as long as there’s no setbacks, continue to progress with it and go from there.”
Stanton hasn’t totally been detached from football since last Thursday night. He’s been in constant contact with quarterback Ryan Lindley, making sure he has everything he needs for Sunday night. Stanton feels Lindley’s got everything already in place and is ready for what’s ahead.
“Ryan’s prepared. He’s been working really hard,” Stanton said. “Everybody looks at his numbers, and they’re not glamorous, but there’s a lot of guys – myself included – that have went in there and didn’t have success at a young age, but he’s grown, he’s worked extremely hard behind the scenes and nobody sees that stuff.”
“You look at the exterior and you can think what you want, but I’ve got the utmost confidence [in] what he can do with this offense and find a way to win a football game [and] that’s what we need to do,” Stanton said. “I think we’ve got a lot of pieces around us at this position as well that helps us. Ryan’s gonna be just fine.”
Barring a miracle, it’s not likely Stanton will take the field at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday night. It’ll be on Lindley and Logan Thomas to guide the Cardinals to victory.
This is why winning that game is so important, because if Arizona does win, they win the NFC West and they get the No. 1 seed in the NFC throughout the playoffs, meaning a first-round bye. A first-round bye means one more week for Stanton and his knee to get stronger for the championship run – of course that’s something he wants to be a part of.
“As a competitor and a guy who wants to help this team win, I want to get back as soon as possible,” Stanton said. “Now what that means, I don’t know. I would like to be out there as soon as I can and I’m gonna do everything within my power to do that.”
“You also have to be smart, because we have clinched a playoff spot,” Stanton said. “That’s up to the coaches, that’s not up for me to decide. All I can do is try and get ready to get back on the field and let them decide when.”