In one of the most unfortunate turn of events, Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer had his season & career put in jeopardy over a ACL injury. On Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, the once highly celebrated Quarterback from USC ,fell down awkwardly after trying to avoid Rams Defensive players and was immediately taken to the locker room for further examination.
This is the second time in Carson Palmer’s career that he has torn an ACL and the timing’s of both could not have been any worse. Back in 2005, Carson Palmer was dubbed as “The Next Great Young QB” with great weapons at his disposal in Rudi Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, & Chad Johnson (back when he wasn’t Head butting his girlfriend.) It was easy to see that Carson Palmer had the potential to have a career trajectory of a guy like Peyton Manning because of his greatness at such a young age. And then this happened…
As stated earlier the timings of both of these injuries were equally detrimental to Palmer and the team. The first injury against the Steelers just so happened to be the Bengals’ first Playoff appearance in more than a decade. Furthermore, Carson had just made a huge play on his opponent the Pittsburgh Steelers, who was also a division rival; suffice to say the Bengals lost their franchise QB and the playoff game as a result. Fast forward to the present, after spending two years in purgatory (Oakland Raiders if you want to get technical) Carson Palmer emerged from the depths to become the starting QB for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. In his second season he has helped his team possess the best record in the NFL at 8-1 just before getting into the second half of the season.
No more than 48 hours before the game against St. Louis, Palmer had just signed what will more than likely be his last significant NFL contract of his career. On Friday Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals agreed to a three year contract extension with $20 Million guaranteed through 2015 with a total value of $50 million. Needless to say, for an organization to commit that amount of money to one player and that said player to get severely injured after signing it; is quite devastating to both parties involved. But that’s nature of the beast for professional sports; players get injured, teams get heartbroken, and the 49ers playoff hopes all off a sudden look a whole lot better. Get Well Soon Carson.