Carson Palmer wasn’t at practice Tuesday, but that was planned all along. The quarterback was going to sit out to rest his legs, and backup quarterback Drew Stanton was scheduled to sit out Wednesday.
That it was the plan was important, since Palmer is coming off an ACL tear and Monday, in his first day in the pocket of padded 11-on-11, Palmer had his legs taken out -- making everyone in University of Phoenix Stadium gasp for a moment.
“My heart was in my behind,” Mathieu said. “It was tough, man. We are feeling pretty good as a team right now so I certainly didn’t want to be responsible for No. 3 (Palmer).”
The story said Palmer immediately jumped up in the middle of the two-minute drill for the next play, but that didn’t make it any easier for coach Bruce Arians or blitzing safety Tyrann Mathieu, who knocked running back Kerwynn Williams into Palmer. Good news all around as Palmer dodged a bullet. Palmer is a potential sleeper for those waiting on the QB position.