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Monday, November 10, 2014

Cardinals Injury update: Fears that Carson Palmer tore his ACL

By on 11/10/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Arizona Cardinals beat the St. Louis Rams yesterday, but more importantly, they may have lost their starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, for the rest of the season. Palmer went down awkwardly after his left knee gave out on him on a non-contact play.

The Cardinals suspect that the injury is a torn ACL and tests later today will confirm whether this is the case or not.
This is a devastating injury for Palmer - who is fresh off signing a three-year, $50 million extension - and for the Cardinals, who after winning yesterday have a record of 8-1, which is the best in the NFL. The Cardinals are 6-0 this season in games started by Palmer.

Drew Stanton will take over as the starting quaterback if Palmer is forced to miss any time. Stanton has started three games this season, after Palmer was out with a shoulder injury, and the Cardinals went 2-1. Stanton's numbers were subpar as he completed just 43 of 88 passes for 529 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.

With Palmer potentially out for the season, look for the Cardinals to rely heavily on their run game and use Stanton as more of "game manager" type quarterback. Their offense as a whole takes a hit with Palmer out, both in real life and for fantasy purposes.

The Cardinals play at home against the Detroit Lions and their tough defense next week, and then face a difficult road matchup against the Seattle Seahawks in week 12. If you have any Cardinals on your fantasy team, you may want to consider benching them until week 13 when they take on the Atlanta Falcons.

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