Car­di­nals might turn to Gab­bert at QB vs. Tex­ans

The Mercury News - - Sports -

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 was not forth­com­ing about Stan­ton’s sta­tus, ex­cept to say that he prac­ticed.

Whether he was lim­ited was not known, be­cause no in­jury re­port is re­quired un­til Wednesday.

Stan­ton has started two games since Car­son Palmer was lost for the sea­son with a bro­ken left arm.

Gab­bert was signed in the off­sea­son. 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 suited up for a game, serv­ing as backup.

In­jury news

Carolina rookie wide re­ceiver Cur­tis Sa­muel is done for the year. The Panthers an­nounced that he will un­dergo sea­son-end­ing surgery on his left an­kle and be placed on in­jured reserve. Sa­muel in­jured his an­kle in the third quar­ter of Carolina’s 45-21 win over the Mi­ami Dol­phins on Mon­day night when a de­fen­sive player rolled over his an­kle. The team did not re­lease the spe­cific in­jury to Sa­muel’s an­kle.

• Cleve­land Browns line­backer Jamie Collins has been placed on in­jured reserve af­ter suf­fer­ing a sea­son-end­ing tear in the MCL of his right knee Sun­day.

• Wash­ing­ton placed start­ing run­ning back Rob Kel­ley (sprained knee lig­a­ment) and in­side line­backer Will Comp­ton (foot sprain) on in­jured reserve. The team also signed free-agent de­fen­sive line­man Ca­raun Reid and Ea­gles prac­tice-squad run­ning back By­ron Mar­shall.

Around the league

The Seat­tle Sea­hawks signed vet­eran cor­ner­back By­ron Maxwell to help make up for the loss of Richard Sher­man to a sea­son-end­ing Achilles ten­don in­jury. Seat­tle also placed Sher­man on in­jured reserve. In ad­di­tion, Seat­tle placed run­ning back C.J. Pro­sise on in­jured reserve with an an­kle in­jury and signed run­ning back Mike Davis from the prac­tice squad.

• Philadel­phia signed for­mer New York Giants of­fen­sive line­man Will Beatty and re­leased Tay­lor Hart.

• Buf­falo signed de­fen­sive tackle De­an­dre Cole­man, who spent part of last sea­son with the Bills. The move came af­ter the Bills al­lowed 492 yards rush­ing in their past two games. In three weeks, Buf­falo’s run de­fense has dropped from third in the NFL to 22nd. The Bills also re­leased Jerel Wor­thy.

• The Detroit Lions signed de­fen­sive end Ge­orge John­son and re­ceiver Jace Billings­ley. The Lions also re­leased de­fen­sive end Jac­quies Smith and re­ceiver Jared Ab­bred­eris.

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