Poor Carson Palmer.
After sustaining a nasty hit from Carolina Panthers linebacker Greg Hardy last week, Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer left the game with cracked ribs (as in more than one) and a bruised lung. Needless to say, he won't be playing the regular season finale this weekend against the San Diego Chargers, finishing the season with 4,018 yards passing (most since 2007), 22 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 85.3 (also highest since 2007).
Palmer signed a four-year deal with the Raiders that goes through 2016, however the final two seasons are voidable. According to National Football Post, the Raiders may be looking beyond Palmer for their quarterback needs.
Word out of Oakland is Carson Palmer’s rib and lung injuries may be even worse than reported. In part because of the injury, some of the big dogs in Oakland are saying they don’t expect Palmer to return in 2013. That will put the Raiders squarely in the middle of what looks to be a very mediocre quarterback market.
Poor Carson Palmer, indeed. Let's let bygones be bygones and hope for a full recovery and if not with the Raiders, some measured success with his newest really awful team.