Drew Stanton “has a realistic chance” of returning to the field in four weeks’ time, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Stanton, who suffered a sprained ACL and MCL in Thursday night’s win over St. Louis, did not fully tear the ACL, as was initially feared. Instead, an MRI revealed a Grade 2 sprain, which can be rehabbed to the point where Stanton could return for the Cardinal’s divisional round playoff game (if they make it that far, of course).
The hope, then, is that Ryan Lindley can guide Arizona to a first-round bye so that Stanton would not miss a playoff contest. The Cardinals, as Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com tweets, have offered no specifics other than to say that Stanton has suffered a knee injury.