Carson Palmer said he left game late because he was cramping

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In his first game back from a concussion, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer wasn’t able to finish the game. But he was quick to point out it wasn’t a major concern.

Palmer came out late in last night’s 28-3 win over the Jets with what was described then as a hamstring strain, but he downplayed it.

“A number of long, long-play drives,” Palmer said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. “Just a little dehydration, a little cramp.”

Maybe he can blame David Johnson, who ran for 111 yards and kept the Jets on their heels all night, because citing a time of possession advantage as reason for cramps is practically bragging.

Palmer was an efficient 23-of-34 for 213 yards and a touchdown, all he needed to do in his first game back after missing last week’s game while in the concussion protocol. He was replaced for the final four minutes by backup Drew Stanton, which got less attention than Geno Smith subbing for Ryan Fitzpatrick, which required a clarification from the coach.