Bruce Arians more optimistic about Carson Palmer playing this week


After the Cardinals lost to the Rams 17-13 on Sunday afternoon, there wasn’t much optimism around the team when it came to quarterback Carson Palmer’s chances of playing against the 49ers on Thursday night.

Palmer was diagnosed with a concussion after his head slammed into the turf while he was being sacked by Rams defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Eugene Sims. With a short week ahead of the Cardinals, coach Bruce Arians suggested it would be difficult for Palmer to get cleared in time and that the team will be “very, very careful” with Palmer as a result of the injury.

Monday brought a somewhat different tune from Arians. Palmer is in the concussion protocol, but Arians said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, that the quarterback’s condition was better on Monday than it was after Sunday’s loss. The coach is “more optimistic” that Palmer can play and said that Palmer won’t need to practice in order to play against the Niners.

The issue of medical clearance is one the Cardinals can’t control regardless of how optimistic they might be about the speed of Palmer’s recovery. If he gets through all the tests of the protocol, he’ll be eligible to play and, based on what Arians said, he will start. If not, Drew Stanton will get the call as Arizona tries to avoid a fourth loss in their first five games.

6 responses to “Bruce Arians more optimistic about Carson Palmer playing this week

  1. I don’t know who’s worse: Kelly or Arians. Kelly can’t compete with the NFL and needs to go back to college and Arians acts like he’s some kind of badass with those girly hats. I liked him when he was with the Steelers and Colts, but ever since he went to Arizona, he seems like a douche. If the Niners didn’t suck so bad this year, they’d have a realistic shot at going 4-3 before their bye week.

  2. Unless he didn’t have a concussion, he should absolutely not play on Thursday. If he had one, he’s out. Period. Really need to question the protocol if you can play after four days.

  3. I live in the Phx market and was listening to the local sports radio for the sheer enjoyment of the crying and sniveling of the fans after this 1-3 start. They didn’t disappoint at all! The one thing that they’re all doing though is chalking this road game vs SF up as a win. Have some pride niner faithful. Show up and make some noise against a division rival who is underestimating you.

  4. Gotta say…..atleast Clara fans still show up and banter a lil while they are going through this hell they are in. Zona just packs up and says season is over….oh well. Palmer might just seal a win for Clara if he finds a way out on the field.

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