Wounded Palmer is a game-day decision

Posted by Darren Urban on December 6, 2013 – 12:59 pm

Carson Palmer’s status for Sunday’s game against the Rams is going to come down to a decision on game day, coach Bruce Arians said, and the quarterback — who was limited again Friday — will officially be questionable with his ailing right elbow. Arians expressed confidence Palmer will be able to play.

“He’ll be a game-time,” Arians said. “I’m sure he’ll be ready to go.”

Arians did say he needs to see Palmer throw some Sunday, which is what makes it a game-day choice. Not surprisingly, he emphasized how much faith he has in backup quarterback Drew Stanton should Stanton have to play. “If it comes to that, Drew will do a hell of a job,” Arians said. “There is no doubt in my mind.”

Arians said Palmer’s two interceptions in Philadelphia did not have anything to do with the injured elbow. One game because Palmer was being hit as he threw, Arians said, and the other was a poor decision by Palmer where he was throwing the ball. The limited work all week for Palmer in practice would seem to be a setback in preparation, but Arians said it shouldn’t be in part because the Rams have a fairly straightforward defensive philosophy and in part because Palmer has gotten in tune with the offense.

“Sometimes it is good this time of year to give the veteran a couple days off and let the young guy get some reps anyway,” Arians said. “He got every mental rep. I’m sure he will be fine throwing the ball.”

As for Stanton, he has not thrown a regular-season pass since Dec. 19, 2010, when he had his best NFL game playing for the Lions, completing 23 of 37 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown. Arians said he isn’t worried about having to turn to a quarterback with such rust, if needed. “He’s prepared,” Arians said. “Having been with him all last year, there was never a doubt … because he does know the offense inside and out.”

—  Arians said running back Andre Ellington (knee) “looked just like himself” and is no longer wearing a knee brace. He also said wide receiver Michael Floyd (ankle) is fine. Both are expected to play.


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24 Responses to “Wounded Palmer is a game-day decision”

  1. By Vinny on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply


    1. Whatever happened to Paul Calvisi (aka “Pauly Pigskin”)?

    2. Why is there no “In the Red Zone With Bruce Arians” radio program?

  2. By Darren Urban on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    Vinny —

    RE: Questions

    Paul is still around. And I guess Arians didn’t want to do a radio segment locally.

  3. By the way - Dr. G. on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    As stated prior, the the CEO (QB) has put the board of directors on notice that “the next man” up is deserving to be on the field this Sunday regardless of the reason.

    Reason stated could be:
    1. Palmer is injured to a degree that will affect his accuracy magnifying the probable picks.
    2. Quoting Arians: “Stanton is prepared, never a doubt….inside and out, etc.” He’s a Rhymer, huh?

    Reason unstated could be:

    1. It is obvious that we need a long-term solution. (Start now?)
    2. He gives us the best chance to win…
    3. Palmer would be a good back up plan.

    It’s time to SHEAR THE SHEEP, GO CARDS!

  4. By wather on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    Sure his elbow gets cleared. What happens if he takes a sack and lands on his um..

  5. By louis on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    the team is playing for next year daft.

  6. By shane on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    Be surprised if Palmer doesn’t play. Hope he does cuz i would bring back some bad memories if another Qb started even if its because of a injure…… it was very nice to have one Qb for the whole year . Plus if Stanton plays good then were probably here the start Stanton thing lol witch is not a good thing this late in the year with the cards record and playoffs in reach. Go cards tho!

  7. By kauaicardsfan on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    I’m wondering if we have Drew in it makes it more difficult for the opposing defenses knowing he can run if he needs too? IDK? All I know is we need to win all our games and even then may still miss the playoffs?
    Go cards! No retreat ! No surrender!!!

  8. By clssylssy on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    This all seems very strange. At the first of the week BA indicated that everybody was pretty OK, Ellington was practicing, Floyd would play against the Rams, etc….THEN..SNAP! Carson Palmer to be a game time decision??? I know he was hurt and played the last part of the game injured but. this was hardly mentioned as a remote possibility that his injury could keep him out. Even if Stanton has been practicing all week with the starters, the fact that he hasn’t played a regular season game since 2010 makes me a little nervous–he’s NEVER played a regular season game in a Cardinal uniform? I keep getting this feeling that this is some sort of “trick play” that BA is wanting to try out on the Rams because we are favored to win. Anytime we are “favored” it seems like a trap for our players to be seduced into playing less aggressively. We HAVE TO WIN GAMES IN OUR DIVISION for this season to have been an improvement over last season. In watching the Seahawks I couldn’t help but feel that they played smart letting their short passes and running game be their meat and potatoes while not trying to get flashy with a lot of deep ball passes, which got the Saints in trouble with interceptions. Hope Palmer is doing a lot in the way of physical therapy with the elbow and will be good for at least most of the game with the Rams. LET’S BE LOUD AND PROUD and KEEP THE REDSEA ROLLING!

  9. By Chuck 1 on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    One good reason to start Stanton is that he is more mobile than Palmer (especially if Palmer isn’t 100%) and might fare better when facing the rushes of Quinn and Long.
    Although I expect BA will start Palmer.

  10. By louis on Dec 7, 2013 | Reply

    again i said we are done we are a joke talking playoffs we can/t win on the road we should be in a peewee league.

  11. By Darren Urban on Dec 7, 2013 | Reply

    Louis —


  12. By louis on Dec 7, 2013 | Reply

    yes darren we are done.

  13. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 7, 2013 | Reply

    Great one word response to that guy, Darren. Why some people are “fans” I have no idea.

    Clssylssy — I don’t understand where you’re getting the story line about when the Cards are favored, they are seduced into playing less aggressively. The 2013 Cardinals have won every game in which they have been the favorite and a couple where they have not been. Also, I agree we have to win some division games, but let’s give credit where it’s due — this season is already an improvement over last season.

  14. By the way - Dr. G. on Dec 7, 2013 | Reply

    OK, OK… So some of you don’t want to develop another QB if Palmer can’t go… I get it; emotions run high with a bit of playoff hopes looming. I want to go to the field and cheer louder than anyone! GO CARDS… baa, baa, blue and gold sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, Yes sir, do you know how to shear? Yep, we do!!!

    Here’s a link for one the the best Cards players we have. He is among the best. Check it out… It comes out of Walter Payton-ville….. The best of memories….

    My best Cards fans…..

  15. By Darren Urban on Dec 8, 2013 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Feely

    Really? You can’t even link to my own work?

  16. By Chad D on Dec 7, 2013 | Reply

    Louis, go suck a Seahawk fat one. Dude, a real fan of the 49ers/Seahawks would not troll the Cards website. I actually have trouble even typing the words, let alone commenting on their pages. Please leave. If you have to stay, at least be able to give a clear picture of an actual “Seahawk” (the actual animal, not the animal of which they are a nickname of) I am positive that you are using Google image at this very moment. If you are in fact a troll of the 49’er type, please post a picture of an old hairy dude with a huge amount of “chaw” in his lip and a big pan in his hand, cuz that is just so cool. We all know that you are not a Rams fan…there are simply just not enough of them to make it a statistical likelihood. Go spend time on a site where you actually like the team. We have enough pessimism without you.

  17. By clssylssy on Dec 8, 2013 | Reply

    @Kevin…sorry, I didn’t clarrify my statement better. HISTORICALLY speaking the Cards have been overly “relaxed” when comfortable playing at home and favored, to the point of not coming out strong and playing hard the entire sixty. While we are favored in this game, that is rather misleading and makes me nervous. The Rams have had some very impressive games and have some tough players; when it’s a division game everything everybody thinks they know is out the door and anything can happen! As you may recall we had some rather impressive games last season and started 4-0 before the injury plague, and while the mentality of most Cards fans is to want to hang all the blame on Whiz I think we both know there was more to our problems than the QB issue. I DO like a lot of the things BA has done, I find I like him most of the time and am very excited about our team HOWEVER, he is only human. Certainly others have been more critical of some of his choices than I have but I also feel that a truly great coach/team can stand up to criticism. The fact is we HAVE to win games in our division as well as on the road outside of a Dome. It’s one thing to win at home and going unbeaten at home would be a step to achieving the respect we desire (and would be a great start to a winning season record). When looking at wins and losses, I think you have to look at the strength of the teams played. A win against the Patriots in Foxboro last season carries more weight than beating Tampa (barely) at the first of this season. Cards fans have a tendency to be overly defensive and reactive and see things very black and white; I find this somewhat amusing having grown up at Arrowhead( one of the strongest fanbases in the NFL but apparently an “alternate universe” by Az standards LOL) where everyone is always critical even when making the playoffs or going to a SB! For the record, I am VERY excited about the way the Cards are playing and even if we don’t make the playoffs we’re building!

  18. By the way - Dr. G. on Dec 8, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, Apologies….. I forgot you had a story on Feely. I always try to read everything you post. You do good work… Be well….

  19. By Darren Urban on Dec 8, 2013 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Link

    No worries.

    Just gotta make sure I get mine …

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