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QB Carson Palmer - Arizona Cardinals

6-5, 230Born: 12-27-1979College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Palmer has a neck/shoulder issue that caused him to miss Week 2, and his status for Week 3 and beyond is unknown.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Sun Sep 14): Palmer was limited in practices last week due to a throwing-arm (right) shoulder issue, and was listed as questionable to play on Friday - he was inactive on Sunday. Palmer said after the game that he was never close to playing - 'They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down,' Palmer said. 'It's just one of those things you've just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There's no, 'it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days.' You just don't know.'

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Palmer was a scratch at the Giants game, and he's not sure when he will return with a nerve problem in his shoulder/neck area. These situations are tricky and it might not be worth carrying Palmer's limited upside on your roster waiting to see what will happen unless viable quarterbacks are hard to come by in your league.

General News (Tue Sep 16): said he wasn't close to playing in Week 2 against the New York Giants. He described his injury as a nerve in his right shoulder that is in deep sleep. Palmer suffered the injury in Week 1 when he went down on a running play, and he's not sure when he'll be able to return. "They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down," Palmer said. "It's just one of those things you've just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There's no, 'it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days.' You just don't know." Drew Stanton went 14-for-29 for 167 yards in his absence. Palmer continues to seek treatment for the injury, and head coach Bruce Arians is concerned that Palmer's injury could lead to long-term damage. Palmer's status for Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers is undecided. Palmer doesn't have a timetable for his return, according to general manager John Keim, and he'll be listed as day-to-day for now.

Week 3: vs San Francisco 49ers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
1 vs SD 24 37 304 2 0 4 29 0 1
3 vs SF PROJ-Dodds 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
3 vs SF PROJ-Tremblay 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
3 vs SF PROJ-Bloom 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs SD (24 / 37 / 304 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 29 / 0 rush)

For as great a stat-line as Palmer ended with, there seems to be much criticism this morning surrounding his play last night. And to be certain there were some bad plays, most notably two sure interceptions that San Diego dropped. There were other poor throws and bad decisions, with some mistaking Larry Fitzgerald's lack of targets as evidence of that, but to let that overshadow the positives Palmer displayed rings false to me. Palmer completed nearly 65% of his passes, to 11 different receivers while amassing his 300+ yards and 2 touchdowns. Even more impressive was Palmer's downfield throwing; going 8-12 on throws over 15 yards and compiling over 200 of his total passing yards on those throws. Bruce Arians' offense is predicated on "chunk plays" and Palmer was fantastic in that area. In an increasingly analytical sports world, the composure, confidence and leadership necessary to lead two forth quarter touchdown drives gets lost in the shuffle. Even his rushing totals don't do justice to the importance and impressiveness of his scrambling last night, which extended critical plays including his first touchdown throw to Stepfan Taylor. Palmer was far from perfect, and even in his best performances the "bad" Carson Palmer will always still come out, but Palmer more than anyone else on that roster is the reason The Cardinals are 1-0 today.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Not looking to add QB (Wed Sep 17, 01:39 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) is believed to be improving steadily, and the team likes the quarterbacks on their roster, so they will not be looking to add a quarterback from outside the organization.

Our View: If Palmer is banged up, the team will continue to feature Drew Stanton as their starter. Rookie Logan Thomas is his backup.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer could be out a while (Tue Sep 16, 10:56 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's (shoulder) timetable to return from a nerve injury in his shoulder could vary greatly, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'It takes some time,' Arians said. 'Could be a day, could be a month.'

Our View: There is no precise timetable for Palmer. This means Drew Stanton could continue as the starter while Carson is out.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer to receive medical advice (Tue Sep 16, 09:27 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) will receive medical opinions on how to accelerate the healing process of the injured nerve in his shoulder, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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Cardinals | Timetable unknown on Carson Palmer (Tue Sep 16, 02:00 PM) - Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) doesn't have a timetable for his return from a nerve injury in his shoulder, according to general manager John Keim, and he'll be listed as day-to-day for now.

Our View: Fantasy owners take note here. Without Palmer, the team would continue to look at Drew Stanton as their starter. Stanton showed better chemistry with Larry Fitzgerald (10 targets) than he did Michael Floyd (six targets) in Week 2. Monitor the practice report to see when/if Palmer can get back out there.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer undecided for Week 3 (Mon Sep 15, 06:52 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) continues to seek treatment for a nerve injury in his right shoulder Monday, Sept. 15, and head coach Bruce Arians is concerned that Palmer's injury could lead to long-term damage. Palmer's status for Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers is undecided.

Our View: Watch the practice report this week to see if Palmer can get back in action, but know that practice participation may not be a determining factor. Arians said Palmer could suit up against the Niners even if he doesn't practice all week.
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Schedule

3vs San Francisco 49ers
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Denver Broncos
6vs Washington Redskins
7@ Oakland Raiders
8vs Philadelphia Eagles
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10vs St. Louis Rams
11vs Detroit Lions
12@ Seattle Seahawks
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs Kansas City Chiefs
15@ St. Louis Rams
16vs Seattle Seahawks
17@ San Francisco 49ers