Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field
injured during the first half of an NFL football game
against Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in
London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017.
Arizona quarterback Carson
Palmer suffered a significant injury just a week after Green
Bay's Aaron Rodgers was lost for the season.
Palmer broke his left arm in
the Cardinals' 33-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at London on
Sunday. He will need surgery on the arm and coach Bruce Arians
said he expects the quarterback to miss eight weeks.
Palmer was attempting a deep
throw to wide receiver J.J. Nelson with 5:48 remaining in the
first half when he took a hard hit from Rams inside linebacker
Alec Ogletree. The hit led to an interception that Lamarcus
Joyner returned 29 yards, and Palmer, who finished 10 for 18
for 122 yards and the interception, slowly walked off the
field holding his left arm close to his chest following the
"That's a real gut punch
to lose your best offensive player, your quarterback,"
receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. "There's no really
positive way to sum it up, honestly. You say you have to go
forward and you have to do things, but we all know that's a
tough pill to swallow for us."
Miami lost quarterback Jay
Cutler due to a chest injury early in the third quarter of a
31-28 win over the New York Jets, and Baltimore lost leading
receiver Mike Wallace following a hit from Vikings safety
Andrew Sendejo in a 24-16 loss at Minnesota. The Dallas
Cowboys lost kicker Dan Bailey to a groin injury in the first
half of a 40-10 win at San Francisco, and Cleveland iron man
left tackle Joe Thomas could miss the rest of the season after
injuring his left triceps in a 12-9 overtime loss to
Palmer's injury leaves Drew
Stanton, who has been the backup since the two joined the team
prior to the 2013 season, to step in and lead the offense
after the Cardinals return from their bye week.
Stanton, a 10-year veteran,
completed just 5 of 14 passes for 62 yards and an interception
in the Cardinals' first shutout loss since Dec. 9, 2012. The
Cardinals also have Blaine Gabbert, who started 13 games for
the 49ers the last two seasons, but he has been the inactive
third quarterback for each of their first seven games.
When asked if he would consider
turning to Gabbert instead of Stanton, Arians said no.
"We played with Drew
before, you know," Arians said. "Drew's played and
won a lot of games for us. All the confidence in he and Blaine
to step up and take over the quarterback job."
Cutler, who is believed to have
suffered a cracked rib that will force him to miss at least
one start, threw for two touchdowns and went to the locker
room after being hit by linebacker Jordan Jenkins with the
Dolphins trailing 21-14. After the Jets went up by two
touchdowns, Matt Moore threw scoring passes to Kenny Stills
covering 28 and 2 yards to tie the game and Cody Parkey's
39-yard field goal in the final minute won it.
Wallace, tops on the Ravens
with 248 yards receiving through seven games, was injured
after catching a 9-yard pass on a crossing route near midfield
and getting leveled by a lowered shoulder from Sendejo. The
hit was delivered hard enough to knock Wallace's helmet off
and draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Sendejo.
Wallace was on his back for a few minutes before slowly
leaving the field on his own power.
"You guys know how much he
can affect the game. He's one of the best players on our team,
and when you lose a guy like that it's definitely going to
have an effect on you," quarterback Joe Flacco said.
"I'd like to overcome that and move forward and win the
ball game anyway, but we weren't able to do it."
With Jeremy Maclin (shoulder),
Breshad Perriman (concussion) and Chris Matthews (thigh)
already inactive for the game, the Ravens were left with only
three healthy wide receivers: Michael Campanaro, Chris Moore
and Griff Whalen, who signed with the team on Saturday.
Baltimore had to use running back Javorius Allen at wide
receiver at times against the Vikings.
Dallas went for the 2-point
conversion following the next TD after Bailey's injury and
couldn't convert. Safety Jeff Heath handled the kickoff duties
after that and reached the goal line on his first kick. He
made two out of three extra points in the second half,
becoming the first non-kicker or punter to make multiple extra
points in a game since former Houston linebacker and current
Packers GM Ted Thompson made four in 1980.
Thomas had played 10,363
consecutive snaps while starting 167 straight games when he
was forced to leave the field in the third quarter. The sight
of the Browns' 10-time Pro Bowler curled in a ball and yelling
in agony was unnerving for everyone.
"It's kind of
unbelievable," Cleveland left guard Joel Bitonio. "I
thought he was a superhuman, where nothing could happen to
him. There were about 30 seconds out there where I teared up.
It's tough because he's the best player on our team."
Thomas will undergo an MRI on
Monday, but it's safe to assume that the 32-year-old will miss
weeks if not months.