The quarterback situation for the Arizona Cardinals is a precarious one as they head into the postseason. Carson Palmer is done for the season after tearing his ACL. Backup Drew Stanton injured his knee in Week 15. His return is unknown, although it looks like he will probably be available for the playoffs. Arizona head coach was on "Late Hits" with Alex Marvez on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday and said (per ESPN's Josh Weinfuss) there is an 85 percent chance Stanton will return in time for the playoffs.
Until then, just in case Stanton is unavailable, Arians is leaving no option unconsidered. This is why rookie Logan Thomas will start on Sunday in the regular season finale against the San Francisco 49ers. Thomas will play "at least the first half."
"It doesn't have anything to do with how Ryan (Lindley) played last week," he said. "I need to find out what Logan can do going into the playoffs."
Arians said "he wouldn't be afraid to go back to Ryan," as he still "trust(s) him to do his job."
So what will Arians be looking for in his evaluation of Thomas?
"It's obviously a matter of who's one, two, three," he explained. "If Drew's healthy, he's the guy. And who is going to be the backup is he goes down, it's the guy who can make the most plays given an opportunity. We gave Ryan an opportunity and he made some plays. He had an opportunity to make some more and we just missed them.
"I want to make sure if Logan can make the plays against the Niners in a critical game, then we might make the right decision if Drew gets injured or Drew can't go heading into the playoffs."