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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 (Wed Sep 17): will receive medical opinions on how to accelerate the healing process of the injured nerve in his shoulder, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Palmer's timetable to return from a nerve injury in his shoulder could vary greatly, according to Arians. "It takes some time," Arians said. "Could be a day, could be a month." Palmer, however, 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.

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

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) 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.' QB Drew Stanton went 14-for-29 for 167 yards in his absence, with zero TDs or interceptions thrown - he was sacked four times for -25 yards by the Giants. Larry Fitzgerald (10 targets for 6/51/0) and Michael Floyd (six for 1/19/0) were the most-targeted receivers by Stanton, but Floyd failed to do much with his chances. John Carlson (three for 2/43/0) and John Brown (four for 3/28/0) contributed some key receiving yards to the effort last week. Last year, the 49ers were ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 221 net passing yards allowed per game, with 19 passing scores handed out over 16 games. They had 18 interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and 38 sacks (tied for 18th) to their credit by year's end. Tony Romo was plagued by early interceptions in the season opener, but ended the day with 23/37 for 255 net passing yards, one TD and three interceptions (with three sacks taken for -26 yards). The 49ers' defense generated turnovers, but they were also generous with passing yards Week 1. In Week 2, Jay Cutler was limited to 23/34 for 170 net yards passing, but he had four TD strikes vs. zero interceptions thrown and took just one sack for -6 yards. To date the 49ers are 12th in the NFL averaging 212.5 net passing yards allowed per contest. Their defense has been uneven in the red zone so far, as you can see. Stanton did a credible job in his first start of the 2014 season - if he is under center again this week, he's got a neutral matchup to work with.

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 | Carson Palmer limited in practice (Wed Sep 17, 09:12 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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Cardinals | Drew Stanton in line to start for Cards (Wed Sep 17, 07:51 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton is in line to start his second straight game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 with QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) sidelined. “It hasn’t changed today,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “We’ll be status quo with Drew as the starter, Logan as the backup and we’ll still be waiting on Carson.”

Our View: Stanton has plenty of experience in the Arians offense dating back to their days together with the Colts. Against the 49ers, we see Stanton as a low-end QB2. He certainly had zero issue forcing the ball to Larry Fitzgerald in Week 2.
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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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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