The Arizona Cardinals have the best record in the NFL (8-1) and are coming off a 31-14 win against the St. Louis Rams. The win came at a high price, though, as the Cardinals lost their starting QB, Carson Palmer, after he injured the ACL in his left knee in the fourth quarter.
The injury came when Palmer was in the pocket and was pressured by Rams’ rusher Mark Barron. Barron grabbed Palmer momentarily, and the quarterback's knee buckled as he fell to the ground. It seems like he may have re-injured his previously-torn ACL.
Palmer was having one of his best seasons prior to the injury. He has completed 62.9 percent of his throws for 1,626 yards and has 11 TDs and only three interceptions. Just Friday, he signed a three-year extension worth $50 milion with $20.5 million guaranteed.
Backup Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton took over when the Cardinals were trailing 14-10 with 11:28 left to play. Stanton threw a 48-yard TD pass to John Brown in his first possession. The Cardinals’ defense then scored two touchdowns to ultimately win the game 34-10.
The degree of Palmer’s injury is uncertain right now, but the first-place Cardinals feel confident that they can keep up their high level of play with Stanton under center.
"Everyone has confidence in Drew," Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians said. "Nothing drops off."
The Cardinals are 2-1 behind Stanton at QB. He filled in for Palmer earlier in the season when Palmer had a damaged nerve in his throwing shoulder.
The Cardinals host the Detroit Lions on Sunday in a game between first-place teams; the Cardinals lead the NFC West, while the Lions top the NFC North.