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December 30, 2014

With Stanton day-to-day, Cardinals planning for QB Lindley to start

With quarterback Drew Stanton day-to-day as he recovers from an infection, the Arizona Cardinals are preparing for Ryan Lindley to start in his third straight game Saturday against the Panthers in the playoffs.

Lindley, who signed with the team after Carson Palmer went to IR, has been thrust into the starter's role after Stanton suffered a knee injury and, later, an infection.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told Charlotte reporters Tuesday that Lindley will take the first-team reps at practice Tuesday.

“I was kidding with our guys out here the other day and I said I asked Santa Claus for a crystal ball but the son of a gun wouldn’t give me one,” Arians said on a teleconference. “So we still don’t know. It’ll be a day-to-day thing, and right now we’re planning as if Ryan will be our starter.”

Arians said he and his coaching staff won’t make a determination on Stanton until Friday after the Cardinals arrive in Charlotte.

Arians added that rookie quarterback Logan Thomas is firmly the backup with a package of plays suited for his run-pass abilities and his arm strength.

In his past two starts, Lindley completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 532 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. The Cardinals dropped consecutive games to Seattle and San Francisco to close the season.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

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