With the Arizona Cardinals ruling Carson Palmer out with a concussion this week, former Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton is expected to start Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer will not travel to SF; Drew Stanton starts Thursday night vs SF.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 5, 2016
Stanton replaced an injured Palmer on Sunday against the Rams, completing 4 of 11 passes for 37 yards with 2 interceptions and no scores in the 17-13 loss at home. He last started an NFL game in 2014 when he got the call for the Cardinals in eight contests.
Stanton, 32, is fourth in career passing yards at Michigan State, throwing for 6,524 from 2003-06. His 42 touchdown passes are seventh in Spartans history and his 64.2-percent completion percentage is tops all-time at Michigan State.
The Lions drafted Stanton in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft, 43rd overall. He has 12 starts in 30 career games, playing three seasons at Detroit and Arizona with a one-year stop in Indianapolis in between. He has completed 54 percent of his passes for 3,021 yards and 12 touchdowns, with 18 interceptions and a 66.5 career passer rating.
The Cardinals and 49ers will kick off at 8:25 p.m. ET on Thursday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Stanton is one of seven Big Ten alums scheduled to start at quarterback in the NFL this week, along with Tom Brady (Michigan), Drew Brees (Purdue), Russell Wilson (Wisconsin), Trevor Siemian (Northwestern), and fellow Spartans Kirk Cousins and Brian Hoyer. Michigan State is the only college program with three quarterbacks currently starting in the NFL.