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Stanton will remain the starting quarterback until Carson Palmer (shoulder) is healthy enough to return, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

While Palmer's shoulder is improving, with throwing possible leading up to the Cardinals' next game in Week 5 at Denver, Stanton has fared well in his stead, leading back-to-back victories. Sure, Stanton's completion percentage (51.6, or 32-of-62) leaves something to be desired, but he upped his yards per attempt to a steady 7.39 on Sunday against the 49ers, as he showed off an array of throws, despite taking consecutive roughing penalties during his second third-quarter touchdown drive. The Cardinals' upcoming bye week could provide enough time for Palmer's nerve issue to resolve itself, but in the meantime, Stanton's knowledge of coach Bruce Arians' offense is evident.

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Stanton threw for 244 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday's 23-14 win over San Francisco.

Stanton took some big hits in the game, but showed a lot of toughness, and didn't miss any action. He did a good job taking advantage of his weapons, hooking up with Michael Floyd on a couple of long passes, while finding rookie John Brown for two scores. Arizona has a bye next week, so it's possible that Carson Palmer (shoulder) will be healthy enough to play in Week 5, sending Stanton back to the bench.

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Stanton will start against San Francisco on Sunday.

Stanton wasn't good against the Giants last week, completing 14-of-29 passes for just 167 yards, taking four sacks. The 49ers defense has been mostly effective this year, so it's hard to see Stanton getting much going against them. Owners of Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald should cross their fingers for an imminent Carson Palmer return, but it's not clear when to expect Palmer to return from his shoulder injury.

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Stanton, starting in place of the injured Carson Palmer (shoulder), completed 14-of-29 passes for 167 yards Sunday against the Giants.

Stanton completed passes to seven different receivers, focusing on Larry Fitzgerald, who caught six passes on 10 targets for 51 yards. Fitzgerald almost had a touchdown in the first quarter, but it was overturned after it was decided he did not break the plane. Stanton did enough to lead the Cardinals to victory, but he isn't likely to be a solid fantasy contributor if Palmer has to miss any time.

Drew Stanton QB ARI 17 Days

Stanton is the Cardinals' starting quarterback with Carson Palmer (shoulder) inactive Sunday against the Giants in New York.

After failing to throw all week, Palmer couldn't fend off the "nerve issues" in his right shoulder during pregame warmups, resulting in his first absence with the Cardinals. Meanwhile, Stanton, who is making his first start since Dec. 19, 2010, may surprise with his acumen of an offense that he's been studying for two-plus seasons under the tutelage of coach Bruce Arians.

Drew Stanton QB ARI 17 Days

Stanton is in line to start Sunday's game against the Giants, with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reporting that Carson Palmer will not play in the contest.

The report indicates that Palmer tested his shoulder out Sunday and evidently that didn't go as hoped. Assuming inactives confirm this outcome, Stanton thus appears to be an option in Week 2 for deep-leaguers, or those scrambling to replace Palmer.

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Drew Stanton will be Carson Palmer's backup this season.

Stanton was poised to finally get his shot as an NFL starter until the Cardinals swung the trade for Palmer. Now he'll revert back to his familiar clipboard-holding role. Stanton has started just four games in his six-year career.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 21 '13

According to the Associated Press, there's "no doubt" the Cardinals are leaning toward Drew Stanton as their starter.

On Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians insisted his team doesn't need to hunt for a quarterback. "We already found one," he said. Arians may be sending up a smokescreen, but his faith in Drew Stanton appears real. Stanton knows the system after spending last year as Andrew Luck's backup, has good arm strength and has gone 2-2 as an NFL starter. "I have all the confidence in the world with him being our starter," Arians said. Stanton should be viewed as a bridge to the Cardinals' long-term solution at quarterback.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 20 '13

Coach Bruce Arians said he intends to name a starting quarterback early in the offseason.

Arians said he wants competition throughout his roster, but not at the quarterback position. That's good news for Drew Stanton, who already knows Arians' scheme and is considered the leader in the clubhouse. His main competition will come from John Skelton and a possible draft pick, although Arians claims he won't be drafting for need in April.

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When asked if he thinks his starting quarterback is currently on the roster, coach Bruce Arians said there is a "very capable one" in Drew Stanton.

"Drew knows the offense, he is more than capable of doing it. If he is our guy, I am comfortable," Arians said. Arians says he's comfortable with Stanton because he already knows the offense, but he wasn't guaranteeing him the job. We fully expect a competition for the job this summer between Stanton, one or two of the current in-house signal callers, and a high- to mid-round draft pick. Stanton clearly has an early leg up, though.