Report: Drew Stanton passed concussion protocol; cleared to play vs. Redskins

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Things are seemingly becoming clearer in the case of the Arizona Cardinals and who their starting quarterback will be on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Fox Sports 910 Cardinals insider Mike Jurecki was the first to report the news that quarterback Drew Stanton passed the remaining portion of the NFL’s concussion protocol and has been cleared to play on Sunday.

Stanton suffered a concussion in the third quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Broncos, a 41-20 loss. Stanton has started the last three games for the Cardinals in place of Carson Palmer, who’s been dealing with an off-and-on nerve in his right shoulder. For the season, Stanton’s completed 43-of-88 passes for 529 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Cardinals are 2-1 in those games.

Head coach Bruce Arians had absolutely no clue who the starter was going to be on Friday. Stanton, Palmer and Logan Thomas all took the practice field and got in various degrees of work.

Palmer, according to Arians, threw about 80-percent of his normal velocity during the open portion of practice. Palmer lofted some tight spirals at least 40-45 yards and didn’t favor his right shoulder at all.

Thomas continued to take first team snaps and prepared as if he was going to get his first career start against Washington.

Stanton did his footwork drills and dodging drills and threw some short passes during the time the media were allowed to watch.

It remains to be seen if Stanton indeed gets the nod from Arians, or if Palmer’s second set of treatments in Denver, Colo., does the trick and Arians leans toward bringing Palmer back. It could also lean Thomas’ way.

Either way, Arians said on Friday that he’ll make the proper decision based on who’s the healthiest man and who gives the Cardinals the best chance to beat the Redskins. He was confident saying any of the three quarterbacks could line up in the huddle and lead the team to victory.

Arians just has to decide which quarterback it’s going to be.


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