Palmer has feeling back; has sights set on starting vs. Broncos

TEMPE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer woke up on Monday morning, went to the bathroom, and lo and behold, he finally got feeling back in that nerve that’s been dormant for the past few weeks.

“It’s not like all of a sudden, you feel like a sharp pinch or all of a sudden a pleasant feeling,” Palmer said.

Palmer said it came as a bit of a shock to him when the feeling came back.

“Yeah, yeah,” Palmer said. “I’ve been told over and over again [that] this is something that just turns back on when the nerve is ready, and the swelling’s down around the nerve and all of a sudden the nerve starts to fire.”

“I was hoping it would be sooner rather than later,” Palmer said.

Palmer, along with the Cardinals training and medical staffs, have been working at a fever pitch to try and wake up that nerve, ever since Palmer suffered the shoulder injury against the Chargers in Week One, but the nerve was stubborn and wouldn’t come back.

“I’ve gone through about every treatment you could go through, and tried just about everything and saw progress the entire time,” Palmer said.

“Our staff’s been awesome, they were exactly right, they called it just like it happened and [I’m] thankful and grateful for that,” Palmer said.

Palmer said he was never worried that the feeling wouldn’t come back. He knew it was just a matter of time before it would respond.

“I’ve been praying about it, selfishly at first, then [I] just realized [that] whatever’s going on in my shoulder [with] the nerve issues [is] in God’s hands and it’s gonna come back when He’s ready for me to be back,” Palmer said. “It’s turned back on, I’m slowly starting to throw and I’ll continue to throw the rest of this week.”

Palmer mentioned the slow comeback from the injury. He said in the team’s final practice before the bye, he didn’t throw a pass over 10 yards, so he wouldn’t overtax the nerve that just woke up.

It’s a step-by-step process back to 100 percent, but Palmer has a true plan for Denver week.

“The plan is to be firing on all cylinders at least by Wednesday of next week,” Palmer said.

Palmer has his sights set on starting against the Broncos in Denver, Colo., next Sunday.

“Obviously if I can’t, Drew [Stanton] is more than ready, he’s proved that [over] the last two weeks.”

“That’s part of the timetable and I expect to be ready,” Palmer said.

Even though Stanton’s been the starter for the past two games, he knows his primary role is to backup Palmer when he’s healthy and the starter.

“Like any other position around here, if the starter can play, he’ll play,” Stanton said. “I’ll do everything I can to support him, it’s not going to change my preparation or what I do on a weekly basis, on a daily basis really.”

“I’d love to see Carson play, [be] healthy and feeling good,” Stanton said.

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