Arians: Carson Palmer three to four weeks ahead of schedule


TEMPE, Ariz. -- Forget Larry Fitzgerald for a moment, this week has been full of Carson Palmer updates.

And Thursday brought another one from the NFL combine in Indianapolis, this time from Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

Palmer is “at least three to four weeks” ahead of schedule, Arians said.

“He’s doing extremely well,” Arians said. “He’s working his tail off.

“He keeps talking about minicamp, being ready to go, and we’ll see how he progresses (to determine) whether or not we allow him to do anything this spring.”

After speaking to the media at the podium Thursday, Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Cardinals would be “guarding” Palmer “real close” during organized team activities (OTAs). Thursday marked three months and 10 days since the Arizona Cardinals quarterback tore his left ACL against the St. Louis Rams in Week 10.

“He wants to get out there for that,” Arians said.

“I think minicamp at the end of OTAs is a better shooting point for him.”