Cardinals' Palmer confirmed to have torn ACL

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. An MRI confirmed the news on Monday and the team will now turn to Drew Stanton under center.

Just days after signing a three-year, $50 million contract extension Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is out for the season. An MRI on Monday confirmed that Palmer has a torn ACL in his left knee, the same knee he suffered the same injury on back in 2006 while with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Palmer, who is guaranteed $20 million over the next three years, will begin the long road to recovery with backup Drew Stanton taking the reigns as the Cardinals' starting quarterback. Stanton started three games earlier this season, leading Arizona to a 2-1 record during his stint as the starter. The team's only loss came on the road against the Denver Broncos.

While the Cardinals' Super Bowl chances might have just taken a huge hit, don't count them out just yet. They still posses the best record in the NFL at 8-1 and Stanton has already proved to be a capable fill in. Stanton came off the bench yesterday against the St. Louis Rams, completing 3 of 5 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown was a 48-yard dart to WR John Brown which put the Cardinals up 17-14. Arizona's defense added two more touchdowns late to make the final score 31-14.

The Cardinals will face another major contender in NFC this coming Sunday as the 7-2 Detroit Lions make the trip to University of Phoenix Stadium.



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