Maybe there was a reason Ryan Lindley could be re-elevated to starting quarterback for the Cardinals. Multiple reports Friday morning — first from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport — said that Drew Stanton suffered an infection on his injured knee, forcing arthroscopic surgery. The team believes the infection came from some sort of outside treatment. Certainly Stanton’s availability for the playoffs is in doubt, especially if the Cardinals stay as a wild card and have to play in about a week. If that’s true, Bruce Arians and company have to reassess what they think will be best for the team overall. Stanton’s issue was discovered Wednesday. Stanton hadn’t needed surgery on the knee injury in the first place — so to need it now is a gut punch to a team that was counting on his return.
Monday, Arians was saying Stanton would practice this week and that he thought there was an 85 percent chance of Stanton being ready for the first playoff game. By Wednesday, Arians was saying the Cardinals had their “fingers crossed” Stanton could come back and that there were “no sureties” in his recovery. Walking back Stanton expectations makes a lot more sense now.
Arians will address the media after practice around lunchtime. We’ll see what it all means, although it’s clearly not the news the Cardinals wanted to receive at this point in the season.
Tags: Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley
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