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Arizona’s Carson Palmer Out Vs. 49ers; Drew Stanton to Start at Quarterback

September 21st, 2014 at 5:48 AM
By Steve Smith

To no one's surprise, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (shoulder) will not play against the San Francisco 49ers in Glendale on Sunday.

The veteran signal-caller has been dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder and was very limited in practice this week. That means backup quarterback Drew Stanton will once again get the nod under center.

Stanton started his first game since 2010 last Sunday against the New York Giants and managed the game well. Although he threw for only 169 yards and no touchdowns, the Michigan State product did not throw any interceptions and showed solid poise in the pocket.

It looks likely that rookie Logan Thomas will be Stanton's backup.

Elsewhere, halfback Andre Ellington (foot) will start and center Lyle Sendlein (ankle) is listed as probable. Linebackers Kevin Minter (quadriceps) and Larry Foote (shoulder) are both listed as probable for Sunday's contest.

Punter Dave Zastudil (groin) and linebacker Alex Okafor (thigh) have been ruled out of the 49ers game.

The Red Birds will look to Jalen Parmele and Stepfan Taylor to aid the rushing attack now that Jonathan Dwyer is inactive.

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Week 3 NFL Preview: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

September 20th, 2014 at 6:54 AM
By Steve Smith

The 2-0 Arizona Cardinals face NFC West division foe San Francisco tomorrow afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and it's looking more and more likely that starting quarterback Carson Palmer will miss his second game in a row.

Palmer is dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder so it seems quite likely that Drew Stanton will start under center for the Red Birds.

The 49ers (1-1) may be missing a key player as well. Tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) missed practice all week and is highly doubtful to play on Sunday. Davis is a top red zone target of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and will be missed – he already has two touchdowns this season.

Kaepernick is off to a mediocre start this season – he has three touchdowns and three interceptions – but he now has a healthy Michael Crabtree to throw to. Crabtree has been a thorn in the side to the Cardinals during his career. Expect him to see more targets with Davis on the sideline.

As usual, the Cards must be prepared to combat Kaepernick's superb scrambling ability. He's averaging 5.4 yards per rushing attempt.

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Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer Looking Doubtful for 49ers Game

September 19th, 2014 at 6:51 AM
By Steve Smith

It's not looking very good for Carson Palmer.

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback has thrown very little in practice this week due to the nerve injury in his shoulder. The USC product has not been ruled out yet but it's looking more and more like Drew Stanton will start against San Francisco on Sunday afternoon.

It's hard to be effective when you can't throw the ball with any authority.

Palmer is working hard to come back – he's tried ice, massage and electric stimulation. There has been little progress so far.

"I wish I had a concrete answer or somebody knew exactly what to do to wake it up, but that’s not known,” Palmer told the team's website. “It’s just time. The only answer is time, and I’m hoping it doesn’t take any more time.”

It looks like it will.

Stanton was an effective game manager against the New York Giants last Sunday. Although he only threw for 167 yards, Stanton did not toss any interceptions and seemed to have command in the huddle.

Head coach Bruce Arians seems confident Stanton can do the job against the rugged Niners defense.

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Arizona Cardinals’ John Abraham Going Through Concussion Protocol

September 18th, 2014 at 5:39 AM
By Steve Smith

Linebacker John Abraham is the NFL's active leader in sacks with 133.5. The Arizona Cardinals could certainly use him against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. However Abraham is not quite there yet.

The 36-year-old Abraham is ready to rejoin his team, but first he must pass concussion protocol.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said in an interview with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian on Sirius XM NFL Radio that Abraham failed that concussion test on Tuesday.

The University of South Carolina product, who suffered a concussion during a Week 1 win over the San Diego Chargers, took a leave of absence to contemplate retirement last week. Arians' said at the time Abraham told him that "his heart isn't in the game anymore." However, Arians said after talking to the NFL's active sack leader again this week, he now believes Abraham is "more than ready" to play once he passes protocol. "

"He's excited (to play)," Arians told nfl.com. "When you get that first concussion, and he had a big one, it shakes you up sometimes. I think the rest and sitting back this weekend at home, he missed it a lot. He's more than ready to roll for down the stretch."

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Look Who is in First Place in the NFC West: the Arizona Cardinals

September 17th, 2014 at 5:58 AM
By Steve Smith

Their two victories have not been things of beauty but the Arizona Cardinals don't care.

A win is a win and the Red Birds are 2-0 and sitting atop the NFC West as they prepare for their early season showdown with the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The Red Birds were in the playoff hunt until the final game of the 2013 season when they dropped a home contest to the 49ers. They made a five-game improvement from the previous season, finishing with a 10-6 record.

Arizona was the only team to beat Super Bowl champion Seattle at Century Link Field, the loudest stadium in the NFL. The Cards are the only team to do that in the last two years. Still, Seattle and San Francisco are two of the best teams in the entire NFL.

No one said it was going to be easy.

So is this season the Cardinals break through and capture the NFL West crown?

"The time is now," Arizona's star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told espn.com. "We know we have to take care of our division first. That's the fastest way to get in the playoffs. That's where our goal is — to win the NFC West."

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