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Drew Stanton's season might be over due to infection

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The quarterback reportedly had surgery to remove infection and likely will not be back even for the postseason.

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The Arizona Cardinals cannot avoid taking more injury hits. It is another issue with the quarterback position. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting Drew Stanton recently had surgery to fight an infection. His season might be over.

Reportedly Stanton was recovering nicely from his ligament sprains in his knee, but an infection was discovered on Wednesday. He had arthroscopic surgery to fight the infection, but his availability moving forward to the postseason is now in doubt. Rapoport says Stanton's season might be over.

The infection is believed to be the result of an outside medical treatment.

AZCentral's Kent Somers clarified the infection is in his knee. Doctors discovered it during a scope on Wednesday when there was more swelling. His return for the playoffs is questionable.

The Cardinals reportedly switched starting quarterbacks on Thursday, going from rookie Logan Thomas to Ryan Lindley. While it was believed it was more about Thomas' play in practice on Wednesday, it could be to give Lindley more reps, as he will end up being the starter when the Cardinals play in the postseason, perhaps Wild Card Weekend either at Atlanta or at Carolina.

If Stanton's season is indeed over, that leaves Lindley and Thomas as the only QBs on the roster. They also have Jake Mathews on the practice squad, but Lindley, a third-year player, would be the most experienced player on the roster at the position, and he has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his career.

Even the most optimistic Cardinals fan has to feel like Arizona's postseason hopes are over. Lindley has only won one start in his career and has eight interceptions in seven starts to accompany his lack of touchdowns.

Head coach Bruce Arians will meet with the media Friday after practice. The topic perhaps will come up.