Wednesday was going to be a big day for Carson Palmer. A week ago, he and coach Bruce Arians counted on him being back to full speed today, practicing as normal. Instead, the quarterback was excused from practice so that he could get a new opinion on the nerve problem in his right shoulder that has thus far derailed his season. Arians said Palmer threw quite a bit Thursday and Friday, with some long throws. But since then, Arians said, “he’s regressed.”
It’s not a great sign for the Cardinals, obviously. It helps Drew Stanton has been playing well and is ready for the starting role. Arians said Logan Thomas has improved in his accuracy during practice, and Thomas said he would be ready to play if something happened to Stanton. Arians said the Cardinals don’t really have an emergency QB (Maybe wide receiver Ted Ginn, who fired a completed pass against the 49ers?). Regardless, Arians said the Cardinals don’t look at Palmer’s injury as a long-term problem — at least not yet. Maybe at some point they could put him on the injured reserve-designated to return list, but “we’re not even close to that yet,” Arians said.
In fact, Arians still wouldn’t rule Palmer out for Sunday and said he was hoping Palmer would actually be back at practice Thursday (even if it is “doubtful.) That said, Arians said he said Palmer would need at least a “day-and-a-half” of full-tilt throws before he’d get the go-ahead for a game.
“It’s obviously not been the response (in the shoulder) that he wanted, but I think Carson has done an unbelievable job being professional and coming to work and working with me, helping me feel comfortable out there and helping this offense be as successful as it can be,” Stanton said.
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