Carson Palmer played a game without his knee brace. He came out of it fine — three touchdown passes, no interceptions, 11-of-14 passes and most importantly, no bad shots to the knee — but for a guy who has had two ACL tears, it wasn’t ideal. Just know, the quarterback has got his brace back.
Palmer has nobody to blame but himself. Players pack their own equipment. And, well …
“I always forget something packing,” Palmer said. “But the knee brace — that’s a big one. It’s not like forgetting your belt. Or your toothbrush.”
There wasn’t much anyone could do about it in Detroit by the time the bag was opened and the “oh jeez” moment came in realizing it wasn’t there. But Palmer definitely wants to wear one. So the brace — and its backup — went from sitting in Palmer’s locker in Tempe to quickly being shipped to West Virginia. Palmer wore it at Wednesday’s practice.
“The problem with those knee braces is you can’t just replace them,” Palmer said. “It’s not like there is an extra one lying around.”
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