One of the true negatives of Thursday night games is seeing key players, often stars, unable to participate because of the short turnaround.
That looks like the case this week for the Arizona Cardinals, whose quarterback, Carson Palmer, has been in the NFL's concussion protocol. And with the Cardinals at 1-3, just like their opponent, San Francisco, this is no time to be short-handed. Particularly at that position.
Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday the quarterback has not been cleared to play. Arians said Palmer would not make the trip.
Backup Drew Stanton will make the 13th career start of his 10-year NFL career. He went 5-3 as a starter when Palmer went down with a season-ending knee injury in 2014.
The 49ers have dropped three straight since an opening victory, but they will have their regular signal caller in Blaine Gabbert. Though Gabbert hardly has been a sensation for San Francisco.
“Short week or not, you can't skip any part of your normal preparation,” Gabbert explains. “If anything, you have to do more, especially from the physical aspect to get your body feeling the way it should by Sunday, which happens to be Thursday this week. And then from a mental aspect ... it's just everything is sped up.”