Carson Palmer Done For Season
Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is likely to miss the Nov. 2 game against Jacksonville, and one report indicates Palmer might not play again this season at all.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis today said Palmer, who will not play Sunday at Houston, could be lost for an additional week. But Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com is reporting tonight that Palmer has a “frayed” ligament in his right (throwing) elbow and probably will not play for the rest of 2008.
According to Mortensen’s report, Palmer’s injury is to a part of his ulnar collateral ligament, a condition treatable by “Tommy John” ligament-replacement surgery. Mortensen reported that Palmer wants to wait to decide if surgery is the best option.
The Bengals (0-7) have their bye week Nov. 9, and Lewis had indicated Palmer probably would be out at least until after the off week.
But Mortensen’s source said Palmer has asked the Bengals to wait “around two months” before taking any action, such as placing the quarterback on injured reserve. Palmer has not played since Oct..5 after injuring his arm Sept. 21 against the New York Giants.
Today, Lewis said Palmer would play “whenever he gets the green light. He wants to play.” Neither the team nor Palmer has talked specifically about Palmer’s injury or treatment plan.
According to Mortensen’s report, Palmer is bothered less by pain than by a loss of strength in his right hand, which makes it harder to throw. His injury is not believed to be as serious as those suffered by Carolina’s Jake Delhomme and former NFL journeyman Rob Johnson, which would allow Palmer more time before deciding whether to have surgery.