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Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will be game-time decision vs. Rams

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

An injured elbow could keep Carson Palmer from playing against the Rams. (USATSI)
An injured elbow could keep Carson Palmer from playing against the Rams. (USATSI)

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer injured his right elbow in the Cardinals loss to Philadelphia last week and that injury could be serious enough to keep Palmer out of Sunday's game against St. Louis.

Palmer was limited in practice this week and coach Bruce Arians admitted on Friday that Palmer's playing status will be a game-time decision. "He'll be a game-time," Arians said, via the Cardinals official website. "I'm sure he'll be ready to go."

If he's not ready to go though, that means the Cardinal starting quarterback will be Drew Stanton. Stanton hasn't thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game since December 2010 when he played for the Lions.

"If it comes to that, Drew will do a hell of a job," Arians said. "There is no doubt in my mind."

Arians doesn't believe that Palmer's limited practice time this week will affect the way he plays if he ends up starting on Sunday, "Sometimes it is good this time of year to give the veteran a couple days off and let the young guy get some reps anyway," Arians said. "He got every mental rep. I'm sure he will be fine throwing the ball."

Officially, Palmer's listed as questionable on the Cardinals injury report, meaning the team feel's there's a 50 percent chance he'll play.

This isn't the first time Palmer has had to deal with an elbow injury. As the Bengals quarterback in 2008, Palmer missed the final 12 games of the season after injuring his right elbow.

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