Kurt Warner could be one step closer to an unlikeliest of NFL comebacks after yet another Arizona Cardinals quarterback went down with injury.
In Thursday night’s game, quarterback Drew Stanton went down with a knee injury and the following day was diagnosed with a sprain of his ACL and MCL. The Cardinals already lost Carson Palmer for the year with an ACL tear, and are now down to just third-stringer Ryan Lindley and first-year player Logan Thomas.
Immediately after the injury, many eyes turned to Warner, who led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl in 2008, but has been out of the league for five years. Defensive end Darnell Dockett tweeted a message to Warner, who joked about being ready to play.
@ddockett Your killing me… If I thought I could, I would!!!!
— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) December 12, 2014
In the days since then, Kurt Warner has backed away a bit, saying that he is too old at 43 and too far removed from the league.
“As fun as it sounds and as neat of a story as it could be, yeah,” he said. “I have to be the one that understands really what this would entail and to be realistic that there’s no way I can do it.” But at the same time, evidence is growing that Kurt Warner could be considering it. On Saturday he was in Glendale, Arizona, just a few miles from where the Cardinals practice.
If Kurt Warner were to come back, he might be able to take on a light load. The Cardinals have been a run-heavy team and relied heavily on their defense. The team could also be just two weeks away from clinching home-field advantage in the playoffs, meaning they would have the final week of the year and the bye week in the playoffs for Warner to learn coach Bruce Arians’ offense — or for Stanton to return from injury.