Raiders’ Carson Palmer out with broken ribs
Late in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, Carson Palmer was flushed out of the pocket and prepared to set up a pass from the right side of the field when he was viciously hit in the lower back by Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. Officials immediately doled out a 15-yard penalty (and an automatic touchdown first down) on Greg Hardy for unnecessary roughness. Replay of the game shows Greg Hardy unnecessarily led by helmet and hit Carson Palmer in the back with the crown of his helmet.
Carson Palmer remained on the ground for several minutes as team trainers and medical staff tended to him. The 32-year-old Carson Palmer was later ruled out of game with rib injury after being taken to the Oakland Raiders’ locker room for observation.
Carson Palmer finished on 3-of-3 passing for 31 yards.
Veteran Matt Leinart replaced Carson Palmer, completing 16 of 32 passes for 115 yards and one interception in the 17-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor also took three snaps in the game, gaining 22 yards on a rather complex play.
The two-time Pro Bowler Carson Palmer was taken to a hospital for overnight observation once the Oakland Raiders touched down in the Bay Area. He was released Monday morning after the team identified Carson Palmers’ injuries as two cracked ribs and a bruised lung resulting from Sunday’s hit.
The Oakland Raiders did not practice on Monday, which made it hard to determine who will start at quarterback. Although Dennis Allen indicated that a definite decision could come by the end of the week.
"Our plan right now is to work both of them this week, and then we'll see how practice goes,” said Dennis Allen. “Later in the week, we'll be ready to name a starter.”
Dennis Allen labeled Terrelle Pryor as “a work in progress” on Sunday, adding that he’s coming off strong in practice, which could result in more playing time somewhere along the road. However, Dennis Allen believed that Terrelle Pryor wasn’t even ready for the backup job yet.
"I don't know that he's got full command of everything that we're doing,” Dennis Allen added on Monday. “But I wouldn't expect a lot different out of any other young quarterback. He's got to continue to work, and he's done a nice job."
The Oakland Raiders don’t intend to sign another quarterback to the roster ahead of Sunday’s game, so Dennis Allen has assigned punter Shane Lechler at the No.3 quarterback.
Carson Palmer started all 15 games for the Oakland Raiders while amassing 4,018 passing yard, along with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season. He also joined Rich Ganonns the only other NFL player to have more than 4,000 passing yards in a single-season.