Bruce Arians: Logan Thomas will play at least first half against San Francisco 49ers

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is set to use his team’s Week 17 game against the San Francisco 49ers as a quarterback tryout for Logan Thomas.

With starter Drew Stanton battling injuries, Arians wants to see what he’s got in his rookie out of Virginia Tech, in case Stanton can’t go in the Cardinals’ first playoff game.

“You gotta turn over every stone going into the playoffs,” Arians said this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio, “and I want to make sure we give [Thomas] an opportunity to play at least the first half with all the snaps going into a game, like we did with Ryan [Lindley] last week. And it doesn’t have anything to do with how Ryan played last week; I need to find out what Logan can do going into the playoffs. I also wanna see how Logan’s playing, because I’m not afraid to put Ryan back in. I trust Ryan to do his job.”

Thomas has appeared in two games in relief for Arizona this year. He’s attempted nine passes, completing one – an 81-yard touchdown pass to Andre Ellington back on Oct. 5. His second game was Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks; Thomas was in the game for one play in the second quarter, and threw an incomplete pass intended for John Brown. Lindley played the rest of the game, completing 18 of his 44 pass attempts for 216 yards. Lindley also threw a pick.

At this point, it still seems as though it’s a long shot that either Thomas or Lindley will be forced to start at quarterback for Arizona in the postseason. Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio that there’s an “85 percent” chance Stanton will be healthy in time for the playoffs. Still, the head coach wants to make sure he has an established pecking order set to go for January.

“It’s just a matter of who’s 1-2-3,” Arians said. “If Drew’s healthy, he’s the guy, and now who’s going to be the backup if he goes down.”

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