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Huge Test Awaits Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Ryan Lindley

December 18th, 2014 at 6:36 AM
By Steve Smith

So what can we expect from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley on Sunday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks?

It's the most important game for the Red Birds in five years. The winner will most likely win the NFC West. Sure, the 11-3 Cards have clinched a playoff berth but they would love to have the number one seed in the conference and home field advantage throughout the playoffs that comes with it.

A first round bye wouldn't hurt either.

So is the third-year signal-caller up to the task at hand? Let's not forget that Lindley has not thrown a touchdown pass in his career and has seven interceptions to boot.

Rookie QB Logan Thomas may see some action in certain packages but, for the most part, this will be Lindley's baby.

Is he ready?

“Ryan is prepared,” injured quarterback Drew Stanton said via the team's website. “Everyone wants to look at his numbers and they aren’t glamorous, but there are a lot of guys, myself included, that went in there and didn’t have success at a young age. He’s worked extremely hard behind the scenes, and no one sees that stuff. You can look at the exterior and you can think what you want, but I have the utmost confidence in what he can do.”

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Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu Expected to Return Sunday Against Seattle Seahawks

December 17th, 2014 at 6:34 AM
By Steve Smith

After missing the last two games with a broken left thumb, Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is expected to return to the field on Sunday night when the Red Birds battle the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The LSU product practiced on Monday with a cast sheltering his broken left thumb and should be available for the highly-anticipated NFC West showdown. The winner will most likely capture the divisional crown.

Mathieu was slowed at the beginning of the season while recuperating from a torn ACL and missed the past two games with his thumb injury. He admitted catching a ball with the cast on would be difficult but he’s excited to rejoin his teammates and contribute on Sunday night.

“I wasn’t going to miss this one,” Mathieu said via the team's website. “I didn’t want to miss the last two.”

The last game is in San Francisco, of course, in Week 17.

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Arizona Cardinals Turn to Ryan Lindley as Their Starting Quarterback

December 16th, 2014 at 6:36 AM
By Steve Smith

In the season of "next man up", the Arizona Cardinals now turn to Ryan Lindley as their starting quarterback with the biggest game of the season looming.

With Drew Stanton (knee) expected to be out for up to four weeks, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has named Lindley as his top signal-caller as the 11-3 Red Birds prepare for their showdown with the Seattle Seahawks (10-4) Sunday night in Glendale. It's possible that rookie QB Logan Thomas may see some action in certain situations as well but, for the most part, this team is Lindley's for now.

Arians, the leading candidate for NFL Coach of the Year, had a simple message for Lindley.

"Go sling it, baby,” Arians told Lindley via the team's website. “Go have fun. You’re here for a reason. You’re only on this team because you’re talented enough to be here. You have everything it takes to win the game.”

The San Diego State product made four starts as a rookie for the 5-11 Red Birds of 2012, a bleak season that cost Ken Whisenhunt his job. Needless to say, Lindley did not perform well during his time under center – he completed 72-of-134 passes (54 percent) for 629 yards, no touchdowns and seven interceptions to go with a quarterback rating of 44.7.

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Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton Could Be Out Four Weeks

December 15th, 2014 at 4:59 AM
By Steve Smith

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton could be out the next four weeks with a partially torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

The 30-year-old veteran suffered the injury when he was sacked during the third quarter of Arizona's 12-6 win over the St. Louis Rams last Thursday. Ryan Lindley or Logan Thomas will take over the signal-calling duties moving forward. No announcement has been made yet as to who the new quarterback will be, but the odds are with Lindley because he has more NFL experience.

This news means the earliest Stanton would return to the field would be the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. Instead of Lindley or Thomas just maintaining what the Cardinals have accomplished with two games left in the regular season — a league-best 11-3 mark, the NFC West lead, and top seed in the conference– until Stanton returned, now they'll have to make sure the Cardinals survive long enough for him to see the field again.

That won't be easy. The Red Birds host the Seattle Seahawks (10-4) this coming Sunday night in what will be a battle for the NFC West crown. They then finish the 2014 regular season campaign in San Francisco against the slumping 49ers (7-7).

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Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Drew Stanton Will not Need Surgery on Right Knee

December 13th, 2014 at 6:06 AM
By Steve Smith

The news could have been a lot worse.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton has a sprained right knee and is considered week-to-week according to espn.com. The 30-year-old signal-caller will not need surgery on the knee, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians stated yesterday.

An MRI revealed the sprain in his knee. No timetable is set for Stanton's return, but Arians said there's "definitely" a chance the quarterback could return this season.

"We just don't know when," he admitted.

Arians said that his starting quarterback is already wearing a brace and is on crutches; he will be considered "day-to-day."

"It's just going to be rest and rehab," Arians continued. "It's very good news that he's not going to need surgery."

What a relief for the 11-3 Red Birds. Arizona is a virtual lock to make the NFC playoffs now, but have been decimated with injuries all season long. Stanton's is the latest in a very long list.

The Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale in what could be the deciding game for the NFC West title. At this point in time, it's way too soon for Arians to determine whether Stanton would be ready to play by then, but he indicated he would be surprised if Stanton were ready that quickly.

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