Palmer out, Stan­ton to start vs. Nin­ers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Baum

TEMPE, ARIZ. >> The Ari­zona Car­di­nals won’t have Car­son Palmer when they face the San Fran­cisco 49ers on Thurs­day night.

Coach Bruce Ari­ans said Wed­nes­day the quar­ter­back re­mains in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col and has not been cleared to play. Ari­ans said Palmer would not make the trip.

“Car­son’s made great progress, but there’s no way I’m go­ing to take any chances with him,” Ari­ans said. “He ar­gued with me a lit­tle bit, but he has not cleared.”

Backup Drew Stan­ton will make the 13th start of his 10-year NFL ca­reer. but first since 2014. He went 5-3 as a starter that year when Palmer went down with shoul­der and knee in­juries.

Ari­ans said he is “very op­ti­mistic” Palmer will be back for the Car­di­nals’ next game, a Mon­day night matchup at home against the New York Jets on Oct. 17.

Palmer was in­jured when his head slammed to the turf on a sack by Aaron Don­ald late in Ari­zona’s 1713 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sun­day.

The loss of the 36-yearold quar­ter­back is a big blow to a strug­gling team that en­tered the sea­son with the high­est of ex­pec­ta­tions, but has sput­tered to a 1-3 start.

Ari­zona is 31-13 with Palmer at quar­ter­back.

Stan­ton signed a twoyear con­tract to re­turn to the Car­di­nals in the off­sea­son. He has been with Ari­ans since the coach’s days with the In­di­anapo­lis Colts. Stan­ton was a backup for the Detroit Lions for three sea­sons.

Stan­ton has ap­peared in 30 games, com­plet­ing 54 per­cent of his passes for 3,021 yards and 12 touch­downs with 18 in­ter­cep­tions.

In 2014, the for­mer Michi­gan State quar­ter­back com­pleted 55 per­cent of his passes for 1,711 yards and seven TDs with five in­ter­cep­tions be­fore he went down with a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury. He was in­ter­cepted twice, one on a des­per­a­tion pass as the game ended, in re­lief of Palmer on Sun­day.

Stan­ton might best be re­mem­bered for his side­line gy­ra­tions dur­ing An­dre Elling­ton’s 48-yard touch­down run that sealed a vic­tory at Seattle last sea­son.

Zac Dy­sert was pro­moted from the prac­tice squad this week to be the backup to Stan­ton.

“He’s got about six weeks in. He’s a very bright guy,” Ari­ans said. “He has a pack­age he knows very well and is very com­fort­able with and we’ll use that pack­age if we have to use it.”

Dy­sert was a sev­en­thround draft pick of Den­ver out of Mi­ami (Ohio) in 2013. He was the Bron­cos’ No. 3 quar­ter­back in 2013 and was on the Den­ver prac­tice squad in 2014. He spent time with Chicago, Hous­ton, Buf­falo and Mi­ami, but never was on the teams’ ac­tive ros­ter. He has not taken a snap in an NFL game.

Ari­ans said tight end Dar­ren Fells (shoul­der) and de­fen­sive tackle Ed Stin­son (toe) also would not make the trip.

The Car­di­nals placed run­ning back Chris John­son (her­nia) on in­jured re­serve Tues­day. That moved Elling­ton to the No. 2 run­ning back po­si­tion be­hind David John­son. Ari­ans said Elling­ton would re­lin­quish his role as kick­off re­turner, with Brit­tan Golden, also just up from the prac­tice squad, tak­ing his place.

ROSS D. FRANKLIN — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ari­zona Car­di­nals quar­ter­back Car­son Palmer will miss tonight’s game against the San Fran­cisco 49ers due to a con­cus­sion.

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