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Carson Palmer | Quarterback

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
College: USC
Contract: view contract details

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Carson Palmer (ACL) is roughly two months away from full clearance.
Palmer is approaching seven months removed from his latest ACL tear. He's been participating in individual drills and 7-on-7s at minicamp, putting him on track for full 11-on-11 work in August. Palmer's 16-game pace last year was 4,336 passing yards, 29.3 touchdowns and eight interceptions -- top-10 fantasy quarterback numbers. But it's worth noting he faced some of the league's worst defenses in his six outings (SD, WAS, OAK, PHL, DAL, STL). May 21 - 8:15 AM

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Carson Palmer (ACL) will wear a knee brace this season.

We've seen braces inhibit quarterbacks before, but it shouldn't be an issue for a player who has never relied on his mobility. Palmer has remained limited in OTAs, but participated in 7-on-7 drills Tuesday. He copped to being "rusty," but remains fully on track for training camp.
May 19 - 1:37 PM

Carson Palmer (ACL) participated in on-field drills with the starters Monday.

Palmer is just six months removed from his latest tear. So it's encouraging he spent Monday handing the ball off to backs and throwing intermediate/deep routes to receivers. Palmer conceded he likely won't be a full participant until training camp, but it would be a shock if he isn't starting in Week 1.
May 5 - 8:11 AM

Carson Palmer has agreed to restructure his contract, saving the Cardinals $7.1 million in cap space.

He converted a $9.5 million roster bonus into a "signing" bonus, which will be prorated over the rest of his deal. Recovering from his second career ACL tear, 35-year-old Palmer is signed through 2017. The Cardinals needed the room during a busy free agency period wherein they've landed Corey Peters, LaMarr Woodley, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, and Cory Redding, among others.
Mar 12 - 9:59 PM

Carson Palmer has agreed to convert his $9.5 million roster bonus to a signing bonus if the Cardinals need.

Updating a previous item, this move hasn't happened yet but could if the Cardinals suddenly need the cap space. (We suspect they will.) Palmer's $9.5 million bonus would be spread out over the next three years. He's scheduled to make $14.5 million in 2015. Palmer's cap number would be lowered to $7.4 million.
Mar 6 - 7:42 PM

Carson Palmer has restructured his contract.

Beyond that, details are scarce. Palmer had been set to count $14.5 million against the cap, and was due a $9.5 million roster bonus this month. More than likely, that's been converted into a signing bonus which can be pro-rated out over the final three years of his contract. The Arizona Republic reports the restructure is not yet official.
Mar 5 - 3:25 PM

Carson Palmer (ACL) expects to be ready for training camp.

Any time he's been near a microphone this offseason, Palmer has said he's ahead of schedule. He's apparently been running for "2-3 weeks." Palmer has even said he expects to "be involved" in June's minicamp, but there's no reason for the Cardinals to push the envelope with their 35-year-old quarterback.
Mar 5 - 3:09 PM

The Cardinals could ask Carson Palmer to restructure his contract.

Palmer currently has a $14.5 million cap hit. He's due a $9.5M roster bonus in March that will likely be converted to a signing bonus. The Cardinals would free up around $7 million by restructuring Palmer.
Feb 25 - 6:21 PM

Carson Palmer (ACL) tells ESPN's Ed Werder that he's "feeling great," and expects to "be involved" in June's minicamp.

Palmer is the early frontrunner for the offseason's rosiest injury reports. He continues to insist that he's ahead of schedule, and apparently has no doubt that he'll be ready for training camp. Now 35, Palmer is still only three months removed from blowing out his left knee. Setbacks remain possible, but for now at least, participating in training camp appears realistic.
Feb 17 - 3:23 PM

Carson Palmer (ACL) has resumed running.

Palmer blew out his left knee for the second time in November. The first time he suffered the tear (2005), he needed just nine months of rehab before being ready for Week 1 of 2006 -- and that was a far more complicated injury. The Cardinals continue to say Palmer is ahead of schedule this time around and fully expect him to be ready for training camp.
Feb 17 - 9:51 AM

Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (ACL, meniscus) is "ahead of schedule," and should be ready for June's mandatory minicamp.

Arians even said he "wouldn't put it past" Palmer to be ready for OTAs, but that's pure fantasy for a 35-year-old quarterback who just tore up his knee in November. Teams and players are often wildly optimistic about injury timelines in January before getting a more realistic picture in the spring. For now, we'll consider Palmer likely to be ready for training camp.
Jan 20 - 6:17 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 09:04:00 AM

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.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:47:00 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.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 02:13:00 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.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:36:00 PM

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WR21Michael Floyd
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4Jaxon Shipley
5Trevor Harman
WR31John Brown
TE1Darren Fells
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4Ted Bolser
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K1Chandler Catanzaro