Palmer completed four of eight passes for 37 yards and a pick-six during Friday's preseason loss at San Diego.
The Cardinals' offense hasn't exactly been running on all cylinders through two exhibitions. Granted, John Brown has been absent for the bulk of camp due to a concussion, while Larry Fitzgerald missed this contest with a slight MCL sprain. With two of his top-3 wideouts on the pine for stretches, Palmer has combined for 75 yards and the pick on 7-of-13 passing in four preseason drives. If his safety net (Fitzgerald) carries the ailment into the regular season, the Cardinals likely have the WR depth to endure, but the chemistry between Palmer and the reserve wide receivers appears to be well behind that of the starting trio (also, Michael Floyd).
Palmer's contract now extends through the 2018 season, with the next two seasons fully guaranteed. The 36-year-old is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, setting career highs with 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns in addition to leading the Cardinals to the NFC Championship game. The team signed both Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald to one-year extensions Friday, meaning the duo will continue to lead the offense for at least the next two seasons.
Carson Palmer (hand) was a participant at the start of the Arizona Cardinals ' offseason program Monday, the Arizona Republic reports.
During the Cardinals' Week 15 walloping of the Eagles, Palmer emerged with a finger concern, which was eventually diagnosed as a dislocated right index finger. His practice status was impacted in the immediate aftermath, but the veteran signal-caller assured the media that the injury wouldn't affect his playoff performance at the conclusion of the regular season. After the Cardinals were eliminated in the NFC championship game, partly due to Palmer's six-turnover showing, the stats from Week 16 onward revealed a telling picture. Through the first 14 games, he boasted a 106.7 quarterback rating on the backs of 64.3 percent passing, 305.5 yards per game, and 32 touchdowns versus nine interceptions. However, his figures fell to 74.1, 58.6, 244.5, and 7:8, respectively, in the final four contests, including postseason. Upon withdrawing from the Pro Bowl, he noted a desire to allow his right hand to "heal up," which appears to be the case with his activity at voluntary workouts this week.
Carson Palmer won't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, citing his right hand, The Arizona Republic reports. On Monday, he said, "I'm going to let my hand heal up."
Elected to the initial Pro Bowl roster after setting career highs with 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, Palmer sputtered down the stretch, with a combined eight interceptions over the Arizona Cardinals ' final four contests, including four in Sunday's NFC championship game defeat at Carolina. There was a belief that a dislocated right index finger suffered in Week 15 may have been the culprit, but the quarterback and head coach Bruce Arians repeatedly denied the ailment as the source of any perceived woes. With two seasons remaining on his current contract, Palmer will team with Arians to direct the Cardinals' aerial assault for the foreseeable future. However, it's difficult to predict how long the 36-year-old signal caller can keep up the pace.
With Arizona trailing 24-7 late in the first half, Palmer lost a fumble on a sack, but his defense responded with an interception of Cam Newton, setting Arizona up in position to draw within two scores before halftime. Palmer promptly threw an end-zone interception. It was that kind of game for Palmer, who threw eight total picks over his last four games and came into the playoffs with a bum finger. For much of the season, Palmer was an extension of head coach Bruce Arians' gutsy, throw-it-deep style. It will be interesting to see if Palmer rebounds to become that same player after struggling when the lights got brightest this season.
|P3||8/28/16||@ HOU||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|5||10/6/16||@ SF||8:25 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ CAR||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/20/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
Women's Cuce Black Arizona Cardinals Squad Pullover Hoodie Shop Now!