Arizona Cardinals Lose QB Carson Palmer to Torn ACL
Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals just agreed to a three-year contract to keep the veteran quarterback under center for the next few years. One bad play might have ruined that feel-good pact.
Per reports, Palmer suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the St. Louis Rams and will be lost for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. It was a non contact injury as Palmer avoided a sack and tried to step up into the pocket to deliver a pass. Palmer immediately crumbled to the ground and clutched his knee.
The injury is a huge setback for Palmer, as it marks the second time he has suffered a torn ACL (2006) and will give him a hefty roadblock as he prepares to return in 2015 at full strength. Already not the most mobile passer, the soon-to-be 35-year old Palmer is expected to once again be Arizona’s starter, but could come back as a different and possibly even regressed player.
While this news obviously is a hit to the Cardinals’ long-term plans, Palmer could still make a full recovery and play out his new deal with a high level of play. It’s the immediate unknown the Cardinals may have to be worried about.
With Palmer, Arizona was a steady 8-1 team that looked like it might have the balanced and direction to make some serious noise in the playoffs. Head coach Bruce Arians still suggested this team was good enough to win a Super Bowl with backup Drew Stanton, but anyone betting on Super Bowl odds has to come off as a bit of a cynic.
Stanton is a vast drop-off from the steady Palmer in terms of accuracy and poise in the pocket, although he does offer some upside when it comes to athleticism and arm strength. A strong playoff contender and Super Bowl threat before Palmer went down, Arizona will now have to just hope Stanton can do enough to keep them in the playoff hunt.
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