Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer injured his left knee during the fourth quarter of the team's 31-14 win over the visiting St. Louis Rams on Nov. 9. An early diagnosis reveals he may have suffered an ACL tear.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer may have suffered a torn ACL during Arizona's 31-14 Week 10 win over the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 9.
According to ESPN, Palmer injured his left knee during the fourth quarter of that game:
"The Arizona Cardinals fear that quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, according to multiple reports.
"Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that the team wouldn't know Palmer's prognosis until more tests are done.
"'We don't know everything about Carson's injury or the length or whatever it is yet,' Arians said following Arizona's 41-14 victory. 'It is obviously a knee, but he will be evaluated and get an MRI and everything, and we'll know something more hopefully by Tuesday.'
"Arians is scheduled to address the media again Monday afternoon.
"Palmer was injured on a sack by Rams safety Mark Barron with about 11:21 left in the fourth quarter Sunday, just two days after he signed a three-year extension worth a reported $50 million, including $20.5 million guaranteed.
"Barron hit Palmer bud didn't bring him down. However, Palmer went to the turf a moment later and lay on the field while he was attended to by team trainers and doctor. While he was walking off the field, he appeared to stumble and had to be held up. He was then carted off the field.
"Palmer was 25-for-36 passing for 241 yards and an interception before the injury. He missed three games earlier this season with a damaged nerve in his throwing shoulder. The Cardinals have won three games with drew Stanton starting at quarterback.
"Stanton replaced Palmer on Sunday, leading the first-place Cardinals (8-1) to their fifth straight victory.
"'We knew Drew would come in and do a heck of a job,' Arians said.
"Palmer tore the ACL and MCL in the same knee during the playoffs in 2006. His surgeon at that time deemed the damage a 'four' on a 'scale of one to three.'
"The last time Palmer suffered a similar knee injury, he signed a six-year, $118 million contract on Dec. 29, 2005 -- just 10 days before tearing his ACL and MCL."
AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban wrote about Palmer's three-year extension on Nov. 7:
"With Palmer set to have his contract voided just a few days after the Super Bowl, putting him on a path to free agency, the Cardinals and the veteran agreed Friday to a three-year extension that puts the soon-to-be 35-year-old under contract through the 2017 season. The Arizona Republic reported the deal is worth slightly more than $20 million guaranteed, with an average of $15.8 million a season.
"General manager Steve Keim has made no secret of the desire to come to a new deal with Palmer. But working out the money -- and with a pause after Palmer was dealing with his hard-to-predict nerve issue in his throwing shoulder -- added to the process.
"Palmer was unavailable for comment.
"The Cardinals now have Palmer, backup Drew Stanton and third-stringer Logan Thomas under contract for 2015. Keim continues to say if there is a quarterback available early in the draft that the team really likes, they will not hesitate to take him.
"Having Palmer in place provides stability. After throwing for 4,274 yards in the first year with the team, Palmer is so far turning in one of his best seasons as a pro in 2014. Despite missing three games with the nerve problem, Palmer has completed 116 of 188 passes (61.7 percent) for 1,385 yards, 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He has thrown multiple touchdown passes in every game and has a passer rating of 99.3.
"In 21 starts with the Cardinals, Palmer has a 15-6 record -- the best record for a franchise QB through 21 starts.
"'Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team's success,' Keim said in a statement. 'When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way.'"
The 34-year-old Palmer has thrown for 224 touchdowns and 154 interceptions for an 86.4 passer rating in 143 career regular-season games for the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals, per ESPN stats.
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