The Arizona Cardinals have had very bad fortune with their quarterbacks and injuries. Carson Palmer went down early for a bit with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder. Then he tore his ACL, ending his season. Drew Stanton left a game with a concussion and then was lost during the team's Week 15 game against the Rams with ligament sprains in a knee.
Now there have been reports of a surgery and infection last week, putting in jeopardy the postseason for him, but the team has said nothing about that report other than Arians saying he knows nothing of any infection.
With the team's postseason game this weekend in Carolina, the team hopes Stanton can return. Bruce Arians said to the media "nothing's changed" with Stanton's status and that the team has their "fingers crossed that possibly he could go later in the week."
General manager Steve Keim, appearing on his weekly radio interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, was equally vague and optimistic.
"At this point, it's day-to-day," Keim told Doug and Wolf on onday. "We're extremely hopeful, but I know this: at the end of the day, Tom Reed and our medical staff -- we have a lot of confidence in those guys, they do a great job."
When you hear people using "extremely hopeful" and "fingers crossed," it doesn't sound good. It sounds like a passive confirmation of concerns people have. It leads one to believe if Stanton somehow plays Saturday, it would be at much less than 100 percent.
Keim expressed confidence in Ryan Lindley, and there is reason to feel more confident after his performance on Sunday.
However, if there shouldn't be anything more that hope that Stanton plays. No one is using words like confidence or optimism about the situation. They are using words of unlikeliness. We should see it as such until we see a "full" next to Stanton on the injury report.