Palmer to put elbow to throwing test on Dec. 7

CINCINNATI -- Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer will throw in two weeks and then decide whether his passing elbow needs reconstructive surgery.

Palmer acknowledged Monday that the ligament and tendon in his right elbow are partially torn from the bone. He has missed the last six games, doing rehabilitation in hopes the elbow will heal without surgery. Palmer hasn't given up on the notion of playing this season.

If the elbow bothers him when he resumes throwing on Dec. 7, he will have to decide whether to have reconstructive surgery that could affect him into next season. Palmer said on Monday that the elbow is feeling better and getting stronger with his rehabilitation work.

"It's never good to have surgery," Palmer said. "God didn't create your elbow to be cut open and messed around with on the inside. So I'm trying to avoid surgery. If it comes to it and I have to do it, then I have to do it."

The Bengals also put defensive ends Robert Geathers and Frostee Rucker on injured reserve.

Geathers suffered a knee injury during a 27-10 loss in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. He walked through the locker room Monday on crutches. The fifth-year player started all 11 games and led the team with 2½ sacks.

Rucker suffered a hamstring injury in the same game. The third-year player started four games this season and had one sack.

Also Monday, the Bengals signed guard Evan Mathis and defensive end Josh Mallard and added defensive end Victor DeGrate to the practice squad.