The Arizona Cardinals may have lost the services of quarterback Carson Palmer for the entire year, as they fear the quarterback suffered a torn ACL during their game on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
While there are still tests that need to be run in order to confirm the severity of the injury, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians fears the worst when it comes to the services of his quarterback.
“We don’t know anything about Carson’s injury or the length or whatever it is yet,” Arians said following Arizona’s 31-14 victory. “It is obviously a knee, but he will be evaluated and get an MRI and everything, and we’ll know something more hopefully by Tuesday.”
Palmer was injured on a sack early in the 4th quarter when safety Mark Barron came free on a blitz.
The injury comes just two days after Palmer signed a 3 year contract extension reportedly worth up to $50 million with $20.5 million of that guaranteed.
This is the second time Palmer may have suffered a severe injury to the same knee. The last time Palmer suffered a severe injury was way back in 2006 while he was still the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. In the Bengals playoff game in 2006, Palmer tore both his ACL and his MCL in that game, just 10 days after signing a $118 million contract.
If the injury to the Cardinals quarterback is as bad as the Cardinals fear it may be, they may be put into a tough position as they hope to maintain their lead in the NFC West and their 8-1 record.
The Cardinals are in the same division as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, and the loss of their quarterback may give the Seahawks a prime opportunity to take advantage of a weakened division leader and push themselves into the playoffs.
While there is still the outside hope that Carson Palmer’s injury isn’t quite that severe, the Cardinals need to prepare for the worst case scenario and be ready to move on with the rest of their promising season without the assistance of their starting quarterback, a prospect that is less than enticing.