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Carson Palmer | Quarterback | #3

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
College: USC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (1) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Carson Palmer has announced his retirement from the NFL after 15 seasons.
Palmer turned 38 last week. "Over the years, I’ve had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew when it was time to walk away," Palmer said in a statement. "The answer was almost always the same: You just know. For me that time is now. Why? Quite simply, I just know." It ends a long, strange trip of a career. The 2002 Heisman Trophy winner at USC, Palmer was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 draft, but spent the entire year behind Jon Kitna on the bench. Palmer's career rapidly progressed after that before a devastating knee injury in the 2005-06 postseason. Palmer was never quite the same, though he was a second-team All-Pro for the Cardinals in 2015. Somewhat bizarrely, Palmer also quit on two separate organizations, forcing his way out of Cincinnati and Oakland. He finally found a home with the Birds, who are at square one as an organization without a coach or quarterback. Jan 2 - 5:01 PM

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Coach Bruce Arians admitted Carson Palmer (arm, I.R.) isn't expected to return this season.

"None of the guys on IR have made expected progress in rehab, so as of today, no one is expected to return this season," Arians said. Palmer broke his arm in Week 7 and was hoping to be back in around six weeks, but that was always on the optimistic side. The Cardinals are done at 4-6 and will ride with Blaine Gabbert.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Carson Palmer (broken arm, injured reserve) recently had his cast removed.

It's a step in the right direction, though Palmer is still weeks away from a potential return. A best-case scenario would be Week 16. It's possible starting Weeks 16 and 17 would be a victory lap for Palmer for a long and successful career before he retires from football.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 03:51:00 PM

Carson Palmer (arm, IR) says there's a chance he could return in Week 16.

"I could potentially be available. Don’t know where I’ll be at that point. Just try to be ready as quick as I can." The Cardinals are hoping Palmer can return, but they'll have to stay in playoff contention. Palmer considered retirement last season and will need to decide whether to play out his deal in 2018 if he's shut down.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 08:16:00 PM

Cardinals placed QB Carson Palmer on injured reserve with a broken left arm.

This effectively ends his season as Palmer won't be eligible to return until Week 16. There was some optimism Palmer could be back in 4-6 weeks but obviously that was wishful thinking. The Cardinals have tapped Drew Stanton as Palmer's replacement, though it wouldn't be a surprise if Blaine Gabbert got a chance at some point. With David Johnson (I.R., wrist) and now Palmer on the shelf, this is beginning to look like a lost season for the Cardinals.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 04:37:00 PM

Carson Palmer is hopeful he can return from his broken left arm in 4-6 weeks.

He's going for a second opinion on Monday. Palmer's initial timeline was eight weeks, so 4-6 weeks would be a significant improvement. The injury is to Palmer's left (non-throwing) arm, perhaps giving him a better shot at a sooner-than-expected return. The Cardinals insist they will be riding with Drew Stanton in the meantime. We would humbly suggest they give Blaine Gabbert a longer look.
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 05:00:00 PM

Carson Palmer suffered a broken left arm Week 7 against the Rams and needs surgery.

He's going to miss eight weeks, so this is a potential season- and career-ender for Palmer depending on his plans for 2018 and beyond. Drew Stanton was absolutely horrid in relief against the Rams, going 5-of-14 for 62 yards and a mind-numbing interception. The Cardinals' offense is one to avoid moving forward. Stanton simply isn't -- and never has been -- capable of moving the ball.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 04:20:00 PM

Carson Palmer exited Week 7 against the Rams with a left hand or wrist injury.

Palmer took a hit on his second-quarter interception and appeared to be nursing something with his left arm after the hit. The Rams quickly scored a touchdown, and Drew Stanton came into the game as Palmer jogged to the locker room. Before leaving, Palmer was 10-of-18 for 122 yards and the pick.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 02:21:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 14-of-22 passes for 283 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Cardinals' Week 6 win over the Bucs.

He took only two sacks and four hits in a victory where the Cardinals built a huge lead, then took their foot off the gas pedal, even as the Bucs made it a game late. Arizona wound up scoring 38 points, and Adrian Peterson's reemergence has a chance to make the offense more efficient if he continues to run like he did on Sunday. The offense gets a more favorable draw in Week 7 against the Rams, who have struggled on defense under first-year DC Wade Phillips.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 07:32:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 28-of-44 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Cardinals’ Week 5 loss to the Eagles.

Palmer was sacked twice for a loss of 15 yards. He was pressured on many more plays and spent most of the game running for his life behind an inept offensive line. While Carson Wentz was stringing deep passes left and right (fun fact: Sunday was the NFL's first-ever matchup of starting quarterbacks named Carson), Palmer mostly settled for check-downs to running back Andre Ellington. His only touchdown pass came on a 13-yard dart to John Brown early in the second quarter, though he should have had another in the fourth quarter on a play where J.J. Nelson fumbled in the end zone. Palmer has a get-right spot against Tampa Bay’s injury-ravaged defense in Week 6.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 06:21:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 33-of-51 passes for 357 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Cardinals' 18-15, Week 4 win over the 49ers.

Palmer's 19-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald with 37 seconds left in overtime was the only touchdown in the game. Palmer should have had another score, but the refs wrongfully overturned an Andre Ellington touchdown grab in the first quarter. Palmer is by no means toast at 37 years old, but he is taking a beating behind this offensive line. He was sacked another six times Sunday after being sacked six times last Monday night. At this rate, he may not stay healthy all year. Palmer will again be on the streaming radar next week at Philadelphia.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 07:55:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 29-of-48 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Cowboys on Monday night.

Palmer was white-hot right out of the gates; the offensive line was protecting him well early, and Palmer was picking apart the middle of the Cowboys' defense with Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown, and Jermaine Gresham. Palmer only had three incompletions in the first half. But Arizona's blocking fell completely apart and three-man rushes by Dallas were even getting to Palmer. He ended the night with a string of incompletions. The popular talk on Twitter has been Palmer is washed up, but his arm still looks strong and the ball placement has been there. The OL is the problem. Things should get a bit easier next week at home against the 49ers where Palmer will be a QB1.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 11:59:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 19-of-36 passes for 332 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

He added three sneaks for six yards, as Arizona escaped with a 16-13 overtime win. The Cardinals started painfully slowly in their second straight 1pm ET game to open the season, but Palmer eventually settled into a groove and racked up big second-half completions to seal the win. He did most of his damage with J.J. Nelson, who turned seven targets into 120 yards and a touchdown and had another touchdown overturned because he didn't quite get both feet in. Still, the state of the Cardinals' offense right now is concerning. Palmer will be a low-end streamer when Arizona hosts Dallas in Week 3.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 04:18:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 27-of-48 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to the Lions.

Palmer orchestrated a couple nice drives, but overall it was a disappointing day against a defense he should have been able to shred. He struggled with accuracy all game, missing short on multiple sideline passes, and did not seem to be in sync with his pass catchers, which resulted in his first interception. The next two were all on him, however, as he airmailed a pass down the middle and threw behind his running back. The final interception was returned for a touchdown. Palmer has another great matchup with the Colts next week, but this performance raises some serious concerns.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 04:36:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 8-of-13 passes for 86 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Palmer has completed 21-of-35 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns to zero picks this preseason. His touchdown on Saturday was a 28-yard hookup with John Brown, who ran by roster fodder UDFA CB Jarnor Jones with ease. Palmer will head into 2017 as a mid-range QB2 as the Cardinals put more on David Johnson's plate. Palmer will have stream-worthy matchups.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 08:15:00 PM

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