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Carson Palmer injures back

Updated: December 23, 2012, 3:06 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers with a back injury and will not return, the team announced.

Matt Leinart has replaced Palmer.

Palmer was flushed from the pocket late in the first quarter, rolled right and stopped to set up. That's when defensive end Greg Hardy came barreling in from behind and hit Palmer in his lower back with the crown of his helmet. Officials flagged Hardy for unnecessary roughness because ...

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