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In­jury to Car­di­nals’ Stan­ton may clear way for quar­ter­back

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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.

CON­CUS­SION SELF-RE­PORT­ING

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.”

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