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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