Report: Carson Palmer suffering from axillary nerve contusion, will continue rehab


Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer missed practice on Wednesday so he could consult a specialist about the nerve issue in his right shoulder that has kept him off the field for the last two Arizona victories.

Palmer’s wrapped up that visit, but there’s no clearer idea about when he’ll be able to resume playing. Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix reports that Palmer visited with Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins and was diagnosed with an axillary nerve contusion in his shoulder. The condition causes “a numbness over part of the outer shoulder” that results in the shoulder weakness that has limited Palmer’s ability to throw the ball.

Palmer does not need to have surgery and is expected to continue rehabbing the injury, which he suffered when he took a hit while running the ball in the first week of the regular season. The amount of time that he might need to rehab before the shoulder feels better is open-ended as each case is different. In some cases, it can take months for the condition to be resolved.

The team hasn’t ruled him out of this week’s game as either a starter or the backup to Drew Stanton, but coach Bruce Arians said this week that Palmer has regressed since last week and that makes it sound doubtful that he’ll be playing any role against the Broncos.

12 responses to “Report: Carson Palmer suffering from axillary nerve contusion, will continue rehab

  1. Done for the season. Nothing heals slower than nerve damage. If he comes back he won’t even be able to live up to his mediocre self.

  2. If I was the Cardinals, I’d consider him done right now, and start making plans with that in mind. Not just for this season, career-wise. Time to move on.

  3. They didn’t send their starting quarterback to a specialist until he’d already missed 2 games? That doesn’t sound right…oh, wait. It’s the Cardinals.

  4. I got news for you….Palmer’s had an axillary nerve contusion since 2004! You can’t polish a turd!


  5. Even with the nerve problem, Palmer can throw harder and further than Andy “noodle arm” Dalton.

    Of course, Dalton is more effective as he can actually see defenders that might be jumping a route, unlike “pick 6” Palmer. CP does throw a hell of a nice long ball, unlike Noodles Dalton who underthrows by 10 yards.

    Andy Dalton is like Chad Pennington in that he is smart, gritty, a competitor, who gets the absolute most out of his noodle.

    (I’m neutral by the way: Lions fan)

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