Carson Palmer Talks Shoulder Injury: It’s Much, Much Better

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 | 0

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has been on the sidelines dealing with a nerve issue in his shoulder since the team’s Week 1 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Although Drew Stanton has filled in more than adequately by leading the team to two wins in Palmer’s absence, the longtime veteran is anxious to get back on the field and lead his team to more victories in the tough NFC West division.

The team has a bye week in Week 4, which will give Palmer more time to heal up and reassess his situation before Week 5. Palmer was spotted throwing lightly at practice yesterday, and he told AZ Central that his shoulder is feeling much better:

“It’s better. It’s much, much better. It wasn’t any one thing, just tons of treatment multiple times per day and it’s really helped. It’s way better now. It’s feeling really good.”

It sounds like a positive diagnosis for the quarterback, who was settling into head coach Bruce Arians’ high-powered offensive attack quite nicely before the injury slowed his progress. Along those lines, Palmer says that while his throws may not have the speed they did prior to the season, they will soon:

“Not yet, but I’ll get there shortly.”

That sounds like music to the Cardinals’ ears, because while they have the week off, they’ll head into very hostile territory in Week 5 when they roll into Denver to take on the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos.

Despite the Cardinals’ early success, their once-touted defense has taken a ton of injuries in the early going of 2014, and they could use all the help they can get on offense.

Still, the team has played efficiently as a whole, a big testament to the effectiveness of Arians’ system overall. But to win over the course of a whole season, they’ll most likely need Palmer at full capacity.

He’s not there yet, but all indications point to him being fully healed for the Cardinals in Week 5. We’ll update Palmer’s status as developments arise.

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