Bengals QB Carson Palmer said Saturday that his sprained ankle is getting better every day but he's not sure if he'll practice Sunday or play in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Colts at Paul Brown Stadium.
"One day at a time," Palmer said. "I've got all my rehab stuff done today and I'll get here tomorrow and see what they want me to do."
Palmer has been grinding in both the weight room and training room, doing strengthening and balancing drills in one and therapy in the other.
"I'd love to play, but the training staff is going to decide what's best," Palmer said. "Whether it's get the reps or let it heal and not take a chance this weekend missing the next one."
The next one, of course, is the Sept. 13 opener against Denver, the one in which Palmer says he'll be ready and the one they may make sure he makes by shelving him until then. One telling scene from last week's Hard Knocks has trainer Paul Sparling telling him it's going to bother him for a long time.
"Hope not," Palmer said. "That's kind of what we're trying to (do). Nip the problem in the bud. Not come back too early. Not try to do too much too fast. Get it as good as it can possibly be by the 13th."