YIKES, GABBERT IS BACK!
Injury to DREW STANTON may clear way for quarterback
PHOENIX — A knee injury to quarterback Drew Stanton could clear the way for Blaine Gabbert to make his debut for the Arizona Cardinals.
Stanton sprained a knee early in Thursday night’s 22-16 loss to Seattle. He gutted it out the rest of the game but it’s not known whether he will be able to go on Sunday against the Texans in Houston.
After four days off, the Cardinals regrouped Tuesday and coach Bruce Arians wasn’t forthcoming about Stanton’s status, except to say that he practised. Whether he was limited wasn’t known because no injury report is required until Wednesday.
Arians, who has been with Stanton for six seasons, said the quarterback’s toughness is “at the top of the chart.”
“This isn’t the first time
I’ve seen him gut it up like that,” Arians said. “But, yeah, he’s off the charts. That’s why his teammates love him.”
Arians said the knee problem affected Stanton “on two or three throws. The one to John Brown, especially, it gave out on him.
That is the one that we’d all like to have back. There was maybe one or two others.”
Stanton has started two games since Carson Palmer was lost for the season with a broken left arm, a win at San Francisco and a loss to the Seahawks. He is 7-4 as a starter in his five seasons with Arizona.
Gabbert was signed in the off-season. Immediate speculation was that he would battle Stanton for the backup quarterback spot. But Stanton, who is extremely close to Arians, had that job sewn up from the start and Gabbert was relegated to third string.
Last Thursday night was the first time this season that Gabbert was suited up for a game, serving as Stanton’s backup.
With Stanton’s uncertain status, the reps are increasing for Gabbert this week.
“He got a bunch last week, but he’ll get more this week,” Arians said.
RB KELLEY PLACED ON IR
The Washington Redskins have placed starting running back Rob Kelley and inside linebacker Will Compton on injured reserve.
The team announced several moves, including signing free agent defensive lineman Caraun Reid and Philadelphia Eagles practice squad running back Byron Marshall.
Kelley and Compton were both hurt in Sunday’s 38-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, which dropped Washington’s record to 4-5 heading into next weekend’s game at the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints. Kelley sprained a ligament in his left knee. Compton sprained a foot.
Kelley is third on the team with 194 yards rushing, behind the only other two running backs who were on the roster until Marshall’s addition. BILLS ADDRESS NEEDS
The Buffalo Bills have made a bid to address run-stopping concerns by signing defensive tackle Deandre Coleman.
Coleman is listed at 6-foot-5 and 341 pounds, and spent part of last season in Buffalo.
The move made comes after the Bills allowed 492 yards rushing in their past two games, including 298 yards in a 47-10 loss to
New Orleans on Sunday.
In three weeks, Buffalo’s run defence has dropped from third in the NFL to 22nd.
The NFL’s chief medical officer says more than a third of concussion evaluations so far this season are a result of players indicating they have symptoms, a much higher percentage than last season.
Allen Sills said in a conference call with reporters that “about 3%” of the 379 concussion evaluations during the preseason and regular season have been “initiated by a self-report.” Sills said it was about 20 to 22% a year ago.
He called that increase “a positive development.”
Sills also said the rules for checking for a concussion were followed properly for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett on Sunday, when he was allowed to return to a game after a hit to the head. After the game, it was determined he did have concussion symptoms.
Sills says it is impossible to “capture 100% of concussions.”
GOODWIN WANTED TO PLAY
Kyle Shanahan would have understood if Marquise Goodwin didn’t want to play against the Giants.
Shanahan, who’s been coaching in the NFL for 14 seasons, has seen players lose loved ones in days leading up to games and knows the mental weight it can carry. The 49ers coach was ready to let his speedy receiver take time with his wife after she prematurely gave birth Sunday to their son, whom Goodwin said died of complications.
But Goodwin decided to play, helping San Francisco get its first win of the season.
Goodwin later announced his family’s loss on social media.
“By the time I was able to talk to Marquise, he was hurting but he was adamant he wanted to play,” Shanahan said Monday. “For a guy to go through that, to have those emotions, to go the whole night before and really not sleeping very much and come out there and have some very pivotal plays in that game, and make a huge difference, it says a lot about the guy. Regardless of whether he played good or bad, the fact that he was out there and trying his hardest and trying to help was the most important.”
Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert might get the start against the against the Texans.