Carson Palmer QB ARI 1 month ago

Palmer (hand) was a participant at the start of the Cardinals' offseason program Monday, the Arizona Republic reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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 QB ARI 4 months ago

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."

Competitive Edge Analysis

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 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.

Carson Palmer QB ARI 4 months ago

Palmer completed 23 of 40 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in Sunday's NFC championship game loss to Carolina. He fumbled twice during the contest.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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. 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.

Carson Palmer QB ARI 4 months ago

Palmer (finger) completed 25 of 41 passes for 349 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 26-20 divisonal round overtime victory over the Packers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 36-year-old finally secured his first career playoff victory, and certainly accomplished the feat in memorable fashion. Although he threw an early fourth-quarter interception in the end zone with the Cardinals trailing 13-10, Palmer bounced back by leading a 14-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a nine-yard touchdown to Michael Floyd that was deflected into his hands off of Larry Fitzgerald. However, the 13-year veteran's crowning moment came in the third play of overtime, when he escaped pressure and threw across his body to Fitzgerald, who raced all the way down to the Packers five-yard line. Palmer subsequently completed a five-yard shovel pass to Fitzgerald to seal the victory, and send the Cardinals to the NFC Championship Game. Although he'll have his work cut out for him against either the Panthers or Seahawks defenses, Palmer and the Cardinals have demonstrated the ability to move the ball on virtually any opponent this season.

Carson Palmer QB ARI 4 months ago

Palmer (finger) is active for Saturday's divisional round contest against the Packers, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Palmer landed on the injury report in advance of the Cardinals' postseason opener due to a dislocated right index finger that has lingered since Week 15. However, after a full slate of practice reps, he'll be under center in search of the first playoff win of his 12-year career.

Carson Palmer QB ARI 4 months ago

Palmer (finger) is listed as probable for Saturday's playoff game against the Packers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Palmer dislocated his right index finger in Week 15 of the regular season, but has been a full participant throughout practice this week and hasn't missed any game action because of the injury, so it's no surprise he's expected to play Saturday. Pitted against a Packers team that the Cardinals dismantled in Week 16, Palmer will hope for a similarly impressive performance this weekend.

Carson Palmer QB ARI 4 months ago

Palmer (finger) practiced fully Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Palmer emerged from a Week 15 victory at Philadelphia with a dislocated right index finger, but it didn't stop him from posting his fourth-best YPA (9.81) of the season the very next Sunday against the Packers. Following a dismal half of football versus the Seahawks in the season finale (12 of 25 passing for 129 yards, one touchdown, and one interception) and a bye week, the 36-year-old is good to go for the divisional round after fitting in every drill to kick off this week.

Carson Palmer QB ARI 5 months ago

Palmer doesn't expect to be bothered by his previously dislocated right index finger throughout the playoffs, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Palmer sustained the injury in Week 15 and tested a number of band-aids in an attempt to play through it. In doing so, one of the initial tape jobs forced a change in his throwing motion, causing fatigue in a lat muscle. While he fared well in the Cardinals' penultimate game of the regular season -- 18-for-27 passing for 265 yards versus the Packers -- he completed only 12 of 25 passes for 129 yards before departing Sunday's loss to the Seahawks at halftime. However, Palmer said that he's discovered the best remedy to deal with any lingering concerns and should be good to go once he takes the field in the divisional round on Jan. 16.

Carson Palmer QB ARI 5 months ago

Palmer completed 12 of 25 passes for just 129 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 36-6 blowout loss to Seattle.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With possible homefield advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs at stake, Palmer really disappointed and was pulled in the third quarter with the game out of hand. His interception in the first half came on either a really poor throw or major miscommunication with rookie wideout J.J. Nelson. Other than a surprising clunker at San Francisco in Week 12, Palmer had been remarkably consistent and productive, averaging over 300 yards and two touchdowns per game. Obviously that was not the case Sunday against a solid Seahawks' defense. On the bright side, he did cap off a spectacular overall season, setting a franchise record with 4,671 passing yards, while tossing 35 touchdowns. With a first-round bye in the NFC, Palmer will be one of the top QBs taken in playoff leagues.

Carson Palmer QB ARI 5 months ago

Palmer (finger) is active for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Palmer has been recovering from a dislocated right index finger, which he sustained in Week 15, yet he's still posted a combined 38 of 59 passing for 539 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception over the last two games. Because head coach Bruce Arians declared that the Cardinals wouldn't hold back in the season finale, Palmer will likely remain on the field for most of the contest. However, if Arians was balking and peaks at the proceedings in Carolina, he could pull Palmer if home-field advantage in the NFC isn't a realistic scenario at some point.