Nov 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) walks off the field with assistance after suffering a left knee injury during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
As of this morning, the Arizona Cardinals have confirmed that quarterback (and former Bengals player) Carson Palmer has torn the ACL in his left knee for the second time in his career.
Palmer’s latest knee injury comes at an incredibly inopportune time. With the Cardinals possessing the league’s best record at 8-1, it’s seems to be a foregone conclusion that they are on their way to the playoffs. This latest knee injury will mark the second time that Carson Palmer misses a golden playoff opportunity with a high potential team; the Bengals were 11-5 in 2005 when Palmer first hurt his knee on an incidental hit by Kimo von Oelhoffen.
According to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN, Palmer isn’t expected to be back with the team until the summer of next year.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has made a serious impact on the Cardinals by turning them into a serious Super Bowl contender since joining Arizona last year. If Palmer can find a way to return from this injury once more, it may not be his last shot to find the Super Bowl though he will have to find his way back to the starting lineup once more. The Cardinals invested in a quarterback this past year when drafting Logan Thomas out of Virginia with their fourth round pick. It’s entirely possible they’ll draft another quarterback this year considering Palmer’s latest injury.