Carson Palmer Ahead Of Schedule In Rehab


There is no position on the field more important to a football team than the quarterback. That certainly held true for the Arizona Cardinals during the 2014 season.

Once Carson Palmer went down on Nov. 9 in a game at home against the St. Louis Rams, Arizona was never able to recover. Drew Stanton did a solid job in Palmer’s absence, but he also got injured and Ryan Lindley replacing him was nothing short of a disaster.

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Luckily for the Cardinals, they’re already getting some great news on the Palmer injury front. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim talked about Palmer’s progress during his rehab on Friday during the Doug and Wolf show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

"“He’s awesome,” Keim said. “He came in, I believe it was yesterday and I talked to him at length, he’s more energized than ever and he looked fantastic.“It looks like he put on some lean muscle; he is working his tail off. And I know he’s at a point in his rehabilitation process where he’s doing some running and he’s ahead of schedule. And again, he’s more energized than ever.”"

Of course, Palmer is no stranger to this kind injury. The veteran quarterback tore his ACL in his same knee back in 2005 when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Fortunately for him, it wasn’t near as bad of a tear this go around.

Despite the good news, it still remains unclear on when Palmer will exactly return. Head coach Bruce Arians said last month that he thinks that Palmer could be ready for the team’s mandatory minicamp in June and OTA’s as well.

Arians is probably being a bit optimistic with that, but it would be nice to have him at near full health early on in the summer. Those summer workouts are critical to building a winning formula for the upcoming season.

Look for the Cardinals to take things slow with Palmer though, given his advanced age. His health is crucial to the Cardinals doing big things in 2015.