After near-perfect game, Palmer back at practice

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2013 at 5:43 pm •  Published: December 11, 2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Carson Palmer didn't throw a pass in practice last week, then had one of the best passing games of his career.

The Arizona quarterback won't try that this week.

Palmer said before practice Wednesday that he planned to throw some in preparation for the Cardinals' game at Tennessee on Sunday.

Last Sunday, despite a sore elbow that had made him questionable for the game, Palmer completed 27 of 32 passes in Arizona's 30-10 victory over St. Louis. The 84.4 completion percentage was the highest of his career and second-highest in franchise history.

The only Cardinal to do better was Kurt Warner, who completed an NFL-record 92.3 percent — 24 of 26 — against Jacksonville in 2009.

Pretty much everything clicked in the passing game.

"Everybody caught the ball well," Palmer said. "The protection was great. Play calling as phenomenal with the timing of play calls. Everything went into that."

Palmer's near-perfect performance was further evidence that he and his offensive teammates have a grasp of coach Bruce Arians' system.

"The receivers played by far their best game, and he did also," Arians said. "They were really in tune. The protection helped a bunch, but he got away from some stuff (pressure) too and made some really nice throws. Larry (Fitzgerald) made some great contested catches."

Palmer threw to Fitzgerald 11 times and completed all 11 for 96 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown catch.

"Larry caught the ball really, really strong and did a great job," Palmer said. "He made some routine plays for Larry that are extraordinary plays for most receivers in this league."

Palmer injured his right elbow early in Arizona's 24-21 loss at Philadelphia on Dec. 1, perhaps explaining why he underthrew a pair of receivers on passes that were intercepted.

He said he felt better Wednesday and was listed as limited in practice.



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