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John Carlson (calf) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Carlson practiced in full the last two days, putting him on track to play. He was targeted three times by Ryan Lindley last week. Carlson will continue to be part of a committee with Darren Fells and Rob Housler.
Dec 26 - 6:54 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is listed as probable for Week 17.

Fitzgerald is averaging just 32 yards with zero touchdowns in three games since returning from his MCL sprain. He isn't a Week 17 fantasy option.
Dec 26 - 6:46 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Drew Stanton (knee) underwent surgery to clear an infection and may miss the remainder of the season.

The infection was discovered Wednesday, and Stanton immediately underwent surgery. Prior to that, he had been recovering well from his sprained MCL and ACL with an eye on returning for the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. The Cardinals will be forced to ride Ryan Lindley as a far as he can take them, which will likely be one-and-done in the postseason. It's a shame for an 11-4 team.
Dec 26 - 11:06 AM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals have decided to bench Logan Thomas, and will go with Ryan Lindley for Sunday's finale against the 49ers.

Thomas' tenure under center is over before it even began. Per's Darren Urban, the decision comes after the fourth-round rookie was "seriously shaky" in practice. It's a bit of a surprise after Lindley was an utter nightmare in last week's loss, but coach Bruce Arians must have been confident Thomas would be even worse. It's still possible Thomas could see action off the bench. The Cardinals will be in major trouble if Drew Stanton (knee) isn't ready for the postseason.
Dec 25 - 2:31 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals have decided to go back to Ryan Lindley for Sunday's finale against the 49ers.

According to's Darren Urban, the decision comes after Logan Thomas got off to a "seriously shaky start at practice." It must have been as shaky as you can get, as Lindley appeared completely overwhelmed in Arizona's Week 16 loss to the Seahawks. Things won't be much easier against a 49ers team that will likely be going to bat for coach Jim Harbaugh in what is expected to be his final game at the helm. The news has little effect on the rest of Arizona's skill players, as the offense was going to be a disaster either way. Lindley can be completely ignored in DFS leagues for Week 17.
Dec 25 - 2:25 PM

Speaking Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians said there are "no plans on how long" starting QB Logan Thomas plays at San Francisco Sunday.

On Tuesday night, Arians said Thomas will at least play the first half. Now he's not even guaranteeing that. The bottom line is that the very raw Thomas will be on an extremely short leash and his range of production is vast. Even at minimum price on some DFS sites, it's very hard to trust Thomas in this spot.
Dec 25 - 10:19 AM

Drew Stanton (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

The Cardinals are hoping Stanton can get in some limited work later in the week. Coach Bruce Arians said there's an 85 percent chance he'll be back for the playoffs. Logan Thomas will start in the regular-season finale.
Dec 24 - 2:01 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said there's a 85 percent chance Drew Stanton (knee) is back for the playoffs.

It's gotten so bad in Arizona that they're on Stanton Watch, desperate for the sub-average backup to heal up. Logan Thomas will start in Week 17 at San Francisco, with Ryan Lindley ready to come in if things go awry. Even if the Cardinals beat the Niners, they'll be playing in a Wild Card game the following week unless the Seahawks lose to the Rams at home.
Dec 24 - 9:18 AM

Larry Fitzgerald's $23.6 million cap number next season would take up approximately 17 percent of the Cardinals' cap space.

There's a zero percent chance Fitz will be back at that current number, but Profootballtalk has reported he won't be released. That means the sides are either already anticipating some sort of middle-ground agreement, or the Cardinals are attempting to keep any vestige of trade leverage. Fitz is still an effective player, but is no longer the vertical dynamo who earned an eight-year, $128.5 million deal in August 2011. Both sides know this. There's a good chance cooler heads prevail with a revised deal to keep Fitz in Arizona.
Dec 23 - 7:51 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is playing at 70 percent.

The MCL sprain Fitzgerald sustained in Week 11 (along with inept quarterback play) continues to bother him. He's averaging a pathetic 6.46 YPC with zero touchdowns since returning to action three games ago. It's not going to get any better with talented yet inaccurate Logan Thomas taking over under center.
Dec 23 - 9:07 AM

Drew Stanton (knee) is expected to practice "some" in Week 17, but won't start against the 49ers.

The Cardinals have already announced they'll be going with rookie Logan Thomas for the regular-season finale. Their aim with Stanton is getting him ready for the Wild Card round. The early signs suggest he will be able to go.
Dec 22 - 3:23 PM

Speaking Monday, coach Bruce Arians confirmed the Cardinals are "leaning" towards starting Logan Thomas against the 49ers.

Drew Stanton (knee) isn't ready and Ryan Lindley has looked completely overwhelmed, so Arians doesn't have much of a choice as the Cards jockey for playoff seeding. Arians did say Thomas would have to practice well to earn the nod, and that he'd be on a short leash on Sunday. Stanton is hardly a capable NFL quarterback, but the Cards will be one-and-done in the playoffs if he isn't ready to go.
Dec 22 - 2:12 PM

The Arizona Republic reports Logan Thomas is expected to be the Cardinals' Week 17 starter at quarterback.

Beat writer Kent Somers' report comes from an "informed" Cardinals source. "The best kind," in Somers' words. Ryan Lindley was an unmitigated disaster in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, so the news doesn't qualify as a surprise. Drew Stanton (knee) is supposedly healing quicker than expected, but isn't considered likely to be ready for this week's finale. It's doubtful Thomas will be much better than Lindley, but the Cardinals owe it to themselves to find out. Lindley didn't look like he belonged on an NFL field versus Seattle.
Dec 22 - 1:55 PM

A source tells PFT that the Cardinals will not release Larry Fitzgerald this offseason.

Fitzgerald carries an exorbitant $23.6 million cap number for 2015 as part of the eight-year, $128.5 million contract he signed in 2011. Per PFT, the future Hall of Famer could be traded, restructure his deal or lower his cap number via an extension of some sort -- but he won't be cut. Of course, this could be a leverage leak from the team looking to maintain some kind of trade market for a 31-year-old receiver who has just 61 catches, 755 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games this season.
Dec 22 - 8:33 AM

John Brown caught three passes for 54 yards in the Cardinals' Week 16 loss to Seattle.

Brown led the Cardinals in receiving in a game where Ryan Lindley completed just 41 percent of his passes. He remains the No. 3 option behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Brown won't be on the daily-league radar against the 49ers.
Dec 22 - 1:19 AM

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