It's fair to say Carson Palmer's finger's been a little more of an issue than he's let on. Good news: It looked better in practice this week.
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There wasn’t much David Johnson's teammates needed him to prove Sunday.
They knew the Arizona Cardinals rookie was fast and strong. He had dedicated himself to learning the playbook and was mature beyond his years. They expected what he provided -- the 99 rushing yards on 22 carries and the two receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown -- in a win over the Rams on Sunday.
“It’s the thing he had to prove in a live situation,” Palmer said. “He hadn’t had that many opportunities up until now but we had complete confidence in him.”
The story went on to say the Cardinals' offense went over the pressures they expected from the St. Louis Rams. Every question Palmer had, Johnson answered perfectly. His knowledge came through Sunday. This is a big deal for Johnson's future in terms of how much he's on the field, especially in obvious passing situations, and will help to keep Johnson a solid fantasy play going forward.
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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Fitzgerald should be fine to play in Week 10, but he has not fared well against the Seahawks in recent years, catching just 14 passes for 133 yards and no touchdowns in his last five games against Seattle. That only includes two games with Carson Palmer, so all hope is not lost. He’s just not the top 10 play that he’s typically been this season.
That will change Wednesday.
Floyd will practice “a little bit” on Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians said, more than a month since Floyd fractured three fingers during training camp on Aug. 5. The fourth-year receiver has caught soft passes over the last few weeks, mainly from team trainers but also a few from quarterback Carson Palmer before Tuesday’s practice.
However, Floyd hasn’t attempted to catch a pass at full velocity.
Floyd said right now it's all mental. The story added it’s not the physical act of catching a football that has Floyd concerned. It’s protecting his left hand, both during a play and while he’s being tackled. Floyd said he’ll be wearing some sort of brace designed by the Cardinals’ training staff, but didn’t know more about it.
Arizona gained 11 yards and a first down on two runs and a pass. Quarterback Carson Palmer stayed upright. Arizona looked like it was on its way to another offensive outpouring.
Then on the Cardinals' fourth play from scrimmage, right guard Jonathan Cooper got beat by Oakland defensive end Denico Autry, which ignited a chain of events that led to the offense crashing down. Autry then bulldozed Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, who nearly fell into Palmer, who had to tuck the ball for a moment to avoid getting hit and losing it. Palmer then missed the opening to hit Larry Fitzgerald, which led to an interception.
And it didn't stop there.
Palmer was sacked three times and threw two interceptions in the first half before backup Drew Stanton replaced him in the third quarter. After weeks of promising practices with air-tight pockets and pinpoint accuracy, the Cardinals' offense looked scattered. The tackles -- both Jared Veldheer on the left side and Bradley Sowell on the right -- were consistently beat, which led to Palmer getting hit 14 times in the first half.
It's not good news for Palmer and his owners, but it is just the preseason. The team had concerns about keeping Palmer upright and healthy this season all through the offseason. As we saw last year, Palmer is the key to making this talented offense run.
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