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Carson Palmer | Quarterback

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
College: USC
Contract: view contract details

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Carson Palmer also had his meniscus repaired during Tuesday's knee surgery.
According to Dr. David Chao, most NFL athletes choose to "trim" the meniscus rather than repair it. Trimming it means a quicker recovery. Repairing it comes with a longer recovery, but is better for the long-term knee health. Coach Bruce Arians said he hopes to have Palmer back for the start of training camp. Nov 19 - 9:04 AM

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Carson Palmer is scheduled to undergo ACL surgery Tuesday.

Palmer did not sustain any damage to his MCL, so his swelling has gone down and he's ready to under the knife. It's a tiny silver lining as he looks to 2015. Palmer has a legit chance to be back at practice when training camp opens.
Nov 17 - 12:47 PM

Cardinals placed QB Carson Palmer on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season.

If there's good news, it's that Palmer avoided other damage. Torn MCLs can often delay ACL surgery. The Cards expect Palmer to be ready by June or July, and to be their Week 1 2015 starter. That's all good and well, but Palmer will be a statue-esque, 35-year-old quarterback coming off his second catastrophic left-knee injury. There's no guarantee his rehab will be smooth. Had Palmer not just signed a three-year extension that guaranteed him $10.5 million for 2015, he likely would have considered retirement. Palmer has always been philosophical about his football career. Palmer's 2014 fill-in Drew Stanton has completed just 53.6 percent of his 93 passes. Despite Arizona's 2-1 record with Stanton as starter, it's a significant downgrade for the 8-1 division leaders.
Nov 10 - 2:13 PM

The Cardinals believe Carson Palmer tore his left ACL in Sunday's Week 10 win over the Rams.

Palmer will have further testing Monday to confirm the diagnosis, but multiple outlets are reporting the ligament tear. It's a devastating blow to a 8-1 team that will now have to turn to Drew Stanton. Palmer, 34, was immobile but was operating Bruce Arians' vertical passing scheme well and just signed a three-year, $50M contract extension this week. An ACL tear would, of course, end Palmer's season. He previously tore the ACL and MCL in the same knee nine years ago.
Nov 9 - 7:36 PM

Carson Palmer exited Week 10 against the Rams with a left knee injury.

Palmer took a weird sack where he wasn't really touched on the play aside from his jersey being grazed near his shoulder. His leg gave out in non-contact fashion. Palmer walked off under his own power, but his knee ended up giving out on the sideline before he was eventually carted to the locker room. Prior to exiting, Palmer completed 25-of-36 passes for 241 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. He was playing much better than the stat line suggests, drilling throws all over the field. Fresh off signing a three-year, $50 million extension, a significant knee injury would be devastating. Drew Stanton is in at quarterback.
Nov 9 - 6:47 PM

Cardinals signed Carson Palmer to a three-year, $50 million extension.

The deal is worth $16 million in average annual value, but none of the money is guaranteed beyond 2015. The Cardinals are committing to Palmer for at least one more year, and will have a "pay-as-you-go" option for the final two seasons. Palmer has been effective in Bruce Arians' system, with a 25:10 TD-INT ratio over his last 13 games. The new contract will keep him in Arizona for the rest of his career. Palmer turns 35 next month.
Nov 7 - 5:31 PM reports the "signs are currently pointing to" Carson Palmer signing a contract extension "in the very near future."

Palmer turns 35 in late December and is technically under contract through the 2015 season, but his deal voids five days after Super Bowl 49. After a slow start in Bruce Arians' system last season, Palmer has rebounded to throw multiple TD passes in 10 of his last 13 games, with a combined 25:10 TD-INT ratio over that span. We suspect the Cardinals would settle on a three- or four-year deal with Palmer worth in the range of $15 million per season.
Nov 7 - 3:09 PM

Carson Palmer completed 22-of-34 passes for 249 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Arizona's 28-17, Week 9 win over the Cowboys.

Palmer got off to a slow start, capping Arizona's opening drive with a dreadful throw that UDFA Tyler Patmon housed for a pick six. He quickly settled in, however, and could have had a bigger day if not for 4-5 drops by his pass catchers. Having appeared in five of Arizona's first eight games, Palmer is on pace for 3,601 yards and 29 touchdowns. He'll remain in the QB1 conversation for next week's game against the Rams.
Nov 2 - 4:01 PM

Carson Palmer completed 20-of-42 passes for 329 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 8 win over the Eagles.

Palmer benefited from an 80-yard touchdown in which Larry Fitzgerald caught a short pass on a pick play and somehow outran the Eagles defense to the house. Later he dropped a perfect, game-winning 75-yard dime to John Brown with 1:21 left in the game. The shoulder clearly isn't an issue heading into a mediocre matchup at Dallas in Week 9. Palmer will be a borderline QB1.
Oct 26 - 8:07 PM

Carson Palmer said coach Bruce Arians' offense is designed to spread the ball around.

"I've been in offenses where the majority of the plays are designed to go to one guy," Palmer said. "This system is not designed to go to the 'X' or the 'Z' or the 'Y.' It depends on the coverage." Palmer hit nine different pass catchers against Oakland last week, and connected with 11 and eight different receivers in his first two starts of the season. The emphasis on spreading the ball around has led to disappointing seasons for Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who are both on pace to fall below their statistical output from last season. Unless something changes, Arizona's offensive philosophy makes Floyd nothing more than an upside WR2, while Fitzgerald is a WR3 moving forward.
Oct 25 - 12:57 PM

Coach Bruce Arians says Carson Palmer's shoulder issue is now a thing of the past.

Palmer has resumed lifting weights with his right (throwing) shoulder after not doing so for five weeks. He's been a full-go at practices and said he rarely thinks about the injury anymore. Fully healed, Palmer is certainly in play as a QB1 in a home game against the Eagles' burnable corner duo Sunday. When these two teams played last year, Palmer threw for 301 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 24-21 loss at Philly.
Oct 23 - 10:49 AM

Carson Palmer completed 22-of-31 passes for 253 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Raiders.

He was only sacked once, although Oakland did get pressure on Palmer, particularly in the second half. Palmer put the Cardinals ahead with a two-yard touchdown pass to Stepfan Taylor and a 33-yard score to Michael Floyd in the first half. He was picked in the second quarter by Charles Woodson on a slightly off-target pass that was deflected by TE John Carlson. Cards coach Bruce Arians reportedly emphasized increased balance on offense during the practice week, so Taylor handled more work than usual and Arizona finished with 31 pass attempts compared to 37 runs, one week after Palmer fired off an untenable 44 throws. The good news is Palmer continues to look healthy and has playmaking weapons. He gets another favorable matchup when Arizona takes on Philadelphia in Week 8.
Oct 19 - 7:27 PM

Carson Palmer (shoulder) is probable for Week 7 against the Raiders.

Palmer was upgraded to full on Friday after being listed as limited throughout the week. He's good to go as a streaming option against a Raiders defense that's allowed five passing touchdowns over the last two games.
Oct 17 - 5:26 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals have begun extension talks with contract-year QB Carson Palmer.

Palmer's deal voids five days after the Super Bowl. Not many starting-caliber quarterbacks ever hit the free-agent market, so if there's mutual interest in an extension, which we'd assume there is, then it's likely the two sides will hammer something out. Palmer could likely command upward of $15 million annually on a short-term deal. Palmer has a 12-6 record across 18 starts for Arizona.
Oct 17 - 8:36 AM

Carson Palmer (shoulder) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Palmer has been "full go" in practice, but is still earning limited tags. Either way, he's going to play against Oakland, and be in the QB1 discussion against a defense getting pasted for a 70.2 completion percentage and 7.8 YPA.
Oct 16 - 5:41 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Drew Stanton
2Logan Thomas
3Ryan Lindley
RB1Stepfan Taylor
2Kerwynn Williams
3Marion Grice
GLB1Stepfan Taylor
2Kerwynn Williams
3RB1Stepfan Taylor
2Kerwynn Williams
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown