Palmer will sit vs. Giants; Mathieu, Ellington play

Posted by Darren Urban on September 14, 2014 – 8:13 am

QB Carson Palmer is not playing today because of his sore right shoulder. It’s a difficult blow for the Cardinals, who have an opportunity against a struggling Giants team on the road. Drew Stanton would get the start, which would be his first regular-season appearance since he played six games for Detroit (starting three) back in 2010. Stanton has five career starts. That’s three full seasons of sitting, although Stanton got the vast majority of work in practice this week while Palmer worked with his sore shoulder. He definitely knows the offense given this is his third straight year with coach Bruce Arians, as a backup in Indianapolis in 2012 and then coming to Arizona last year.

Stanton’s last start was 12/9/10 for the Lions in Tampa Bay. He completed 23 of 37 passes for 252 yards a a touchdown. The Lions won.

Not sure when Palmer got hurt against the Chargers, but he spent a chunk of time with the trainers when the offense wasn’t on the field during the game. Now we see if the Cardinals can overcome his first absence since he arrived.

S Tyrann Mathieu is playing today and get his first game in since tearing his knee up last December. RB Andre Ellington is also playing.

The whole inactive list:

— Palmer

— P Dave Zastudil (groin)

— LB Glenn Carson

— LB Alex Okafor (thigh)

— LB Marcus Benard

— TE Darren Fells

— DE Frostee Rucker (calf)


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33 Responses to “Palmer will sit vs. Giants; Mathieu, Ellington play”

  1. By MostlyRight on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Looks like the guys on the message boards yesterday had better info than the local journalists and sports writers?

  2. By cardsalltheway on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Drew, be the man!!!

    “S Tyrann Mathieu is expected to suit up today and get his first game in since tearing his knee up last December.”

    Oh my, that’s scary! If he plays more than one down for each set of downs, I’ll expect trouble in more ways than one.

  3. By dylan on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply


    Was drew Stanton practicing with the first team offense all week?

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Dylan —

    RE: Stanton practice

    Yes he was.

  5. By rod on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Probably being a homer here but I wonder if there has ever been a team with as many personnel loses to start a season as us. I remember a Packers team some years back with a ton of player losses but they were very deep at positions.

    Still, get’em boys!!

  6. By Nick Pepe on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    No Carson. No problem. I recall, fondly I might had, when John Skelton had to start on the road against the Eagles and we came away with a win. Granted Kolb was no Pamler, but Stanton is also more capable than Skelton. Spent the Saturday before at the Iron Hill brewery in Wilmington, will have to go there after today’s game for a cold one.

    Defense will again wreak havic.

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member

  7. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Here’s Drew’s chance

  8. By azdesertrat1953 on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Next Man Up.
    True test to that saying today.
    Drew this is the time to show the Cards fans and the NFL what you have!
    Be smart today Honey Badger!

    Carson is hoping to be good to go next week, 49’ers!

    GO CARDS!!!

  9. By krehbieo14 on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Stanton is a capable backup who knows the offense and has been waiting for his moment. Hope Carson heals soon!

  10. By jeffgollin on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    MostlyRight – Local info on Palmer was wrong because BA was overly optimistic (something to consider in future injury situations).

  11. By Steve on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    To many injuries and defections on this team to overcome, this could be a long season.

  12. By Nick Pepe on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Steve-all teams have adversity. But you can throw in your personal towel

  13. By Dr. G. on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Well, do we know how this shoulder thing happened; I hope it was not because he ran for 29 yards last Monday? Really curious…. Palmer MUST BE REALLY SORE, ‘cuz he is as tough as they come.

    And this, as some are posting, is Stanton’s opportunity to prove to us that we have a decent QB core with Sancho Panza in training… There should be little drop-off today, just keep things simple and EXECUTE! O-LINE –Take care of the new guy today!

    As bad as the Giants are touted to be, Logan Thomas may beat them. Be well Cards Fans….

  14. By JohnnyBluenose on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    We still win. Stanton worked with the first team all week and should be fine. He just needs to STAY HEALTHY and protect the ball. More simple game plan offensively and rely on our defense to win this game 20-10. Let’s go.

  15. By John P on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    The Cardinals need Palmer to make the playoffs in their division. A great baseball manager Sparky Anderson once said “if a backup plays long enough you will see why they are a backup”. Palmer gives the Cardinals a deep threat and opens up the underneath plays. With Stanton, the safeties can move up and stuff the running game. Hopefully he is out only one week.

  16. By LG on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    best corner in the game that’s a joke right? no fly zone that’s a joke right? Birdgang is beter than this!!!!!!!!

  17. By Scott H on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Well, if no one else is going to say it, I will – Patrick Peterson is killing us today. Two games in, and he has allowed a TD pass against him in each one. Hey, Pat – why don’t ya take a break from counting all of that money we just gave you and get to work on actually becoming the great CB you’re supposed to be. You are a LONG way from being the best CB in the NFL right now, my friend.

    Our O-line is getting man-handled today. We can’t run the ball worth a damn. And Stanton has gone down too many times.

    Where is our secondary??? Eli Manning is finding people wide open ALL OVER THE DAMN FIELD today.

    And, maybe I missed something, but didn’t we sign a guy during FA who was supposed to be pretty good with kick / punt returns? OK….so, where the F is this guy so far???

    The Giants are not just hanging around, they are winning and they are winning every aspect of this game right now.


  18. By Nick Pepe on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Cut, take want a re-do on your assessment of that short week travel to the east coast and pulling out the W? I was thrilled when the final gun sounded.

  19. By TucsonTim on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    When we had the players we didn’t have the coaches

    Now we have the coaches and don’t have the players

    Going to be another long season

  20. By Nick Pepe on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    You sir are a contrarian. Or an Ack Jass.

  21. By LG on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    watching drew throw the ball make’s me miss Carson. get well soon Carson we need you.

  22. By Scott H on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Um….OK, apologies to Ted Ginn! Nice runback! But, really, we are going to need better from him going forward.

  23. By TucsonTim on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Can you spare us the 2 point conversion for the rest of the season?

  24. By MostlyRight on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Jeffgolin, I’d suggest the media’s job is to dig deeper than what the coach says at a press briefing and have better contacts and sources than message board commenters.

  25. By TucsonTim on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Manning comes to the line and looks for #25 over and over and over

  26. By cards62 on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Way to go Teddy Ginn. Great great punt return. # 35 of the Giants was gaining on Teddy as he had to avoid the punter and then Teddy was gone. Nice wheels old man. Game ball to our special teams if we win this game.

    I thought the Giants passing game was in disarray and not the Cardinals. Need to work on our passing game and 2 point conversions this week in practice.

    Cmon D hold them

  27. By LG on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Great game DEF!!!!!!! and also thanks to the giants for all the turn overs lol Birdgang is 2 and 0 49ers next week we need Carson for them.

  28. By CreditCard on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    I’m guessing Palmer’s range of motion might not be 100% with the soreness, and hence sitting out the game.

    BTW, Cards win 25-14. 15 4th qtr points. solid, conservative game

  29. By Steve on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Nick, I want this team to win as much as any Cards fan and I’m elated that they beat the G-men today but we have lost key players on defense, Abraham, Dansby,Washington and Dockett-all of them could get after the QB. Eli Manning had all day to throw today and we were fortunate that the Giant WR’s dropped a lot of passes. We won but we went up against a so-so Giants O-line and could not generate much pressure against the QB even when we blitzed.

  30. By cardsalltheway on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Nice going Drew, you da man! Now we got 2 capable QB’s in time to lead the NFC West!!!

  31. By Scott H on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Feeling very concerned about the injury to Palmer. It was reported during the game that his range of motion in the arm / how high he could lift the arm was VERY limited. If this is a nerve thing….I don’t like the sound of that.

    That said, I have no complaints about Drew Stanton. He was up to the task today. Yeah, his stat line was not all that great. But he was confident and he made some damn nice throws. He was under WAAAY too much pressure today but when he actually had time to make a throw, he made some nice ones. He made a GREAT pass that might have put us in position to get a FG before the half but it was negated by a penalty. BA clearly is confident in this kid and I really don’t think we lose much going from Palmer to Stanton if we have to go with him for awhile. Where we are really in trouble now is our depth at QB. Logan is not ready to be a starter. For THAT reason, more than anything else, I want Palmer back pronto.

    Not sure what the change in QB had to do with it, but it sure was nice to see the ball going to Fitz again. I really think it would have gone to him more, anyway.

    The Cat Man looks pretty solid. Our punter does not. Two blocked punts in 2 games? C’mon, man. Geez, should we start putting this kid 10 yards further back??? Can the long snapper even get it that far??? GET THAT FIXED. THAT is gonna cost us a game if it continues.

    Is it me, or has DRC been hitting the weight room since we last saw him??? Man, he NEVER looked that good before! And I was NOT happy to see him separating Floyd from the ball on that one play. C’mom, Michael. THAT is where you see the difference between Floyd RIGHT NOW and Fitz. Fitz holds onto that ball pretty much every time.

    All things considered, this was a good win and one I am grateful for. The Cards had a lot to overcome today. It was not a thing of beauty. But seeing the game go in the WIN column is as beautiful as it gets! The Giants helped us out a bit by, well, just being the Giants, But going to the east coast is never easy for a west coast team and that can level the playing field in these games. Losing your starting QB on the morning of such a game is often going to be too much to overcome. But the Cards didn’t let it happen.

    Going forward, this offense has to start getting it going. And the secondary has to play better than it did today. That unit has to be the strength of this defense with all of the losses we are trying to overcome up front. The front 7 is just not gonna be able to pressure the QB like it did last year. We are gonna need the secondary to hold up. But they were getting picked apart pretty good today and against a lot of other QB’s we are gonna face this year ( like, say,…Peyton Manning??? ), we won’t be so lucky. Eli made some very good throws today that his receivers should have caught. They were just dropped. They weren’t being defended.

    Very pleased to be 2-0.

  32. By clssylssy on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    We are going to have to do a whole lot better to beat the 9ers next week. Our offense did better than last week but our defense was napping! Those new rules are a crock and we are going to have to get cleaner with our execution because they WILL BE CALLED. Was counting on our secondary to come through but apparently they were jet lagged because I didn’t see any shutting down from the corners. Sure glad we still have Fitz to cover guys like Sherman and Revis because sometimes size matters! I only expected Tyrann to get a few reps which was almost a relief because we can’t afford to lose him for the rest of the season . Our special teams was our saving grace and I liked the consistency Stanton had with the offense, mixing it up and not telegraphing his passes every play. Again, we won, not so much on our own merits but because of the mistakes of our opponents.We didn’t look like a playoff contender yet but played with passion and a lot of heart and even some tenacity! At least we won one on the road and may even be tied for the lead in our division (however short-lived). We have a lot of work to do before next week and our match with the 9ers, so enjoy the win and get ready to PROTECT THE NEST as we are about to be tested!

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