Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Carson Palmer rests, but ready for Seattle
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. – Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer watched his two backups run through their drills during the open portion of Arizona’s practice Wednesday without a helmet or shoulder pads.
The 33-year-old said his left ankle, which he sprained Sunday at Tennessee, feels good and Palmer expects to be practicing again Thursday and Friday.
“Got a lot of treatment on it and [I will] be ready to roll,” Palmer said.
Palmer isn’t a stranger to not practicing. Heading into the St. Louis game in Week 14, Palmer didn’t take a single snap all week because of a sore elbow. The mental reps, alone, prepared him for the Rams’ defense. A sprained ankle, however, is different because it impacts Palmer’s mobility, which he’ll need against Seattle’s top-ranked defense.
The first-quarter hit on Palmer that sprained his ankle looked worse than it actually was. He stood up holding his legs and limping but after Arizona scored a touchdown on the next play, Palmer went to the sideline and got his ankle wrapped.
“I knew that he got a good shot on me and it probably tweaked my ankle a little bit,” Palmer said. “I didn’t think anything more than that or less than that.”
Besides Palmer, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, tight end Rob Housler and safety Rashad Johnson did not practice Wednesday.
Fitzgerald is still following protocol, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. The next step is for Fitzgerald to begin exercising.
“He’s fine so far with what he’s been doing,” Arians said.
Fitzgerald saw the doctor assigned to the Cardinals on Monday and then went for a second, independent opinion on Tuesday. He has to pass the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol before he’ll be allowed to play.
Housler and Johnson were on the stationary bike for the open portion of practice.