The truth is Palmer could have been back on the f

first_imgThe truth is, Palmer could have been back on the field sooner had the Cardinals not been playing a Thursday night game. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he was confident the QB could have been cleared as early as Saturday, but everyone took their time because there was no hurry to do so.Palmer himself said if the Cardinals were playing on Sunday, and not Thursday, he probably would not have missed it.“I felt great all through the weekend, and was just waiting around,” he said. “It felt like forever for Wednesday, today, to get here.”The 36-year-old noted this was the first concussion of his career, and of course is hoping it will be his last. He said he realized late last week that it would not keep him out anymore than one week, which offered a sense of relief given that with an injury like that, there is no official timetable for a return.He felt good about his prognosis early on, and though his wife was “definitely freaked out” given all the publicity head injuries have received and just how bad they can be, and said he “was ready to play if we had a Sunday game.”“That is a part of our reality as football players,” Palmer said. “You play long enough, you see enough guys that retire or continue to play through them or whatever it may be. The balance is, you just go with how you feel and you go with what the doctors say.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer was asked if there is any benefit to sitting and watching a Cardinals game at home from his couch, as he did last Thursday when his teammates were facing off with the San Francisco 49ers while he was waiting to be cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol.“No, there’s not,” he said.With that in mind, it’s a good thing then that the quarterback was on the practice field Wednesday, cleared to resume a 2016 season that was briefly paused after banging his head against the turf late in a Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Follow Adam Green on Twitter Palmer was very complimentary of the team’s training staff as well as the other doctors who guided him through his recovery, and by all accounts he made great progress throughout the week until being officially cleared Tuesday afternoon.Arians said the veteran did everything Wednesday and looked great, which undoubtedly puts Palmer on track to start Monday night against the New York Jets. The coach is happy to have him back.“It’s great,” he said. “You always want your leader out there. And he is the leader.”An MVP candidate after a career season last year, Palmer in 2016 has thrown for 1,150 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions in four games. The Cardinals won the game he missed with backup Drew Stanton throwing a pair of touchdowns as Arizona’s defense and running game dominated, but are most certainly a better team with their starter on the field.“It feels good,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said of Palmer returning. “Obviously, we got the win without him last week, but any time we have 3 (Palmer) on the field with us we’ve got a chance to score 50 points, so it felt good to have him back.“We’re just glad that he’s healthy, that he’s safe and his head is alright.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img