Palmer limited, but it might not mean much

Posted by Darren Urban on September 12, 2014 – 12:41 pm

Quarterback Carson Palmer took his turn talking to the media Wednesday, as usual, in a session that happens before practice, as usual. The injury report didn’t come out until a few hours later, when Palmer appeared on it as limited with a right shoulder issue. He remained limited all week and is officially questionable for the game Sunday against the Giants. This, however, is not cause for concern.

At least, it isn’t for coach Bruce Arians. “It’s been sore,” Arians said about Palmer, “but we’ve been down this road before. The best game he had last year, he didn’t practice all week.”

That is true. Last season in early December, Palmer was officially limited all week with a right elbow injury. It came to light after the fact that “limited” was in the full context of the word; Palmer and Arians both said after that Sunday’s game against the Rams Palmer had not thrown a single pass in practice. He ended up completing 27 of 32 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown in a brutally efficient 30-10 win. So there’s that.

“Sometimes, at his age, it’s good not to throw it (in practice),” Arians said.

Arians said it was a “nerve thing” bothering Palmer, but he thinks Palmer will be fine. Drew Stanton is the backup, and Arians has said numerous times he has full confidence in Stanton if Stanton would have to play. Arians did say the Cardinals may be working with Palmer on his sliding during the bye week, because his sliding performance against the Chargers — as in, there wasn’t really any — is something that needs to improve.

— Running back Andre Ellington was limited too, but he said he’s “good to go” for Sunday and it would probably be an upset at this point if Ellington does not play.

— Interestingly, safety Tyrann Mathieu, who has been practicing full since the season started, was listed as probable for the first time. That would seem to bode well that he would be active, but Arians wouldn’t go that far. Instead, he reiterated Mathieu is “very, very close.”


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27 Responses to “Palmer limited, but it might not mean much”

  1. By ryan on Sep 12, 2014 | Reply

    Week 2. Lets destroy the New York G-men and get to 2-0!

    I still have that feeling!!


  2. By dioalice on Sep 12, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, how is Dave Zastudil’s groin injury? Are the Cards still carrying Butler as a punter?

  3. By Darren Urban on Sep 12, 2014 | Reply

    dioalice —

    RE: Butler

    Game-day decision, and yes.

  4. By D on Sep 12, 2014 | Reply

    Happy Football Friday!

    Huge game on Sunday, you might think that is a over statement since it’s only week 2, but this is a must win for both teams! (No- happy hour has not started)

    The Giants were embarrassed last Monday night, they need a Home Opening victory badly. The rest of their division are on the road, Giants should be more focused. (may not be enough due to their bad Oline)

    If the Cards are serious about making the playoffs this year and keep pace in the NFC, they need to go at least 4-4 on the road. This is one of those road games they need to win. (others: Rams, Dallas and Oak)

  5. By tracy redding on Sep 12, 2014 | Reply

    One might say, its a crying shame to keep the honey badger out.i guarantee this guy is so hungry to play football, hes gonna be a one man wrecking ball.this guy is gonna play likes its a superbowl. I CANT WAIT !!!!!!

  6. By tracy redding on Sep 12, 2014 | Reply


  7. By Scott H on Sep 13, 2014 | Reply

    Anyone take note of how the FOX network decided to assign their top broadcast team to the COWBOYS game this week??? Anyone else seriously annoyed by that??? I swear, it pisses me off how the Cowboys just ALWAYS seem to be FOX’s little darlings and are ALWAYS given priority. Because when you are as pathetic as the Cowboys are these days, what business to you have always being on TV? FOX really needs to get over their obvious favoritism of the Cowboys and get other teams on the air, at least SOMETIMES. But…maybe America loves watching Romo throw all those INT’s at critical times and Jerry Jones watching all of those INT’s on his big video screen and Jason Garrett looking about as clueless as any head coach possibly could on the sidelines. Maybe that’s what America wants. But I sure don’t.

    The Cardinals have SOOOOOO much more to offer than the lousy Dallas Cowboys do right now – just as many other NFC teams do – but week in / week out, the networks force us to watch the Cowboys. Again and again.

    I hope the Titans run the friggin Cowboys right out of the building on Sunday. Speaking of which, I only just realized that Ray Horton is running the defense out there for our buddy, Ken Whisenhunt. And I hope they do well out there, I really do.

  8. By br in nc on Sep 13, 2014 | Reply

    Living in coastal Carolina, I get a choice of Carolina Panthers, or no football, and since they have the early game (1pm start) at least I will get to see some of a game 2, 4pm start).if the Panthers play a 4pm game, we don’t get an early game, wouldn’t want to take the chance of missing the start of the Panthers game, God forbid we have to miss 1 freaking snap!! Man it is so frustrating!

  9. By MostlyRight on Sep 13, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, any Sat afternoon updates on Carson’s availability? Rumors floating around he might not play…

  10. By JosEPh on Sep 13, 2014 | Reply

    Any truth to the Palmer injury scuttlebutt making the forum rounds? And why is there so little reporting done on Saturday before a game?

    Thanks, awaiting your reply.


  11. By Darren Urban on Sep 13, 2014 | Reply

    All —

    RE: Palmer

    There is no access on Saturdays so there is less to talk about. I have no reason to think anything has changed. I’ve seen no reports. If all it is is people talking on a message board, I’m not sure why everyone suddenly thinks something has changed.

  12. By br in nc on Sep 13, 2014 | Reply

    For some reason I’m not stressing CP, I believe he will play, just like last year, also think he will have a monster game. But if Drew Stanton has to go, I have all the confidence in the world, Drew will be ready, and will also have a great game!!
    Giants are about to be smashed back to normal size!!! GO CARDINALS!!!

  13. By br in nc on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    Wow I finally had a gut feeling that was at least partially correct, Drew didn’t have a monster day, but he managed the game, moved the offense (struggled a little in the red zone, or close to it) and had NO interceptions!

  14. By JosEPh on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply


    Seems that maybe you all need to probe a bit more? Is the site really this slow to pick up on things and report?
    Sorry to say it, but seems you all kind of missed the boat on this one.
    CP is out today. Stanton starts.

  15. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    JosEPh —

    RE: Missed boat

    Guess I should just hire the message board.

  16. By br in nc on Sep 14, 2014 | Reply

    You will find that I come cheap, sir. But I’am not easy!! LOL!!
    Some posters just don’t get the fact that you have to post accurate stories, and have to go off of what is reported to you, guessing, and posting what we (ie…posters on your board) feel in our gut will cost us some embarrassment, a few thumbs down, quite often a huge plate of crow, but would cost you your career. You obviously do an outstanding job (what’s it been, 16 years with the Cards?) keep up the top notch reporting, and leave the guessing and spreading of rumors and possible false information to your loyal and faithful followers! I wouldn’t change a thing ( not that you are even considering it) oh, yea, most of the time you are to nice and polite to posters that show up few and far between and try and tell you how to do your job, IMHO, you should rip them apart, maybe end your reply with ” have a nice day sir” that way you get the check mark in the “polite box as well”. LOL!! (of course you realize that last opinion of mine was sarcasm,sir).

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