Carson Palmer concussion injury update: the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback will not play Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Carson Palmer concussion injury update: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has been ruled out for his team's game against the San Francisco 49ers after the star signal-caller suffered a concussion during last week's game against the Los Angeles Rams. That means that second-string quarterback Drew Stanton will get the start, with Zac Dysert serving as the backup. The coaching staff is optimistic that Palmer will be able to play in week six. The team's next contest comes against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians weighed in on the matter, making it clear that he doesn't plan on making Palmer available.
“Carson’s made great progress, but there’s no way I’m going to take any chances with him,” Arians said. “He argued with me a little bit, but he has not cleared.”
The news surely won't excite fans that have had to endure an underwhelming season. The Cardinals, a playoff team a year ago, have gotten off to a 1-3 start that's seen tough losses to both the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. The team's lone win came over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week two.
The Cardinals are slotted to play the 49ers at 8:25 p.m. ET on Thursday night and obviously, the short turnaround didn't help regarding Palmer's time to recover.
Palmer, on the season, is 90-of-153 for 1,150 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. Stanton, meanwhile, in limited action, is 5-of-15 for 48 yards with two interceptions.
Palmer was drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2003 after a stellar career at USC. He's played for the Bengals, the Cardinals and the Oakland Raiders. In his career, he's thrown for over 40,000 yards and 265 touchdowns.