Rams won’t face Carson Palmer Week 13 after Cardinals place quarterback on IR

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 15: Carson Palmer
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 15: Carson Palmer /

After suffering a broken arm against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7, Carson Palmer is expected to miss eight weeks for the Arizona Cardinals.

In a way, the latest performance by the Los Angeles Rams in London against the Arizona Cardinals may have been their best of the season after recording a 33-0 shutout against their division rivals. But while the Rams had plenty to be excited about after improving to 5-2 on the season, the Cardinals suffered a major blow when Carson Palmer was forced to leave in the first half due to a broken arm.

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Obviously, this game could have been much different if Palmer was healthy enough to finish, but when considering Los Angeles was up 23-0 at halftime, it’s difficult to imagine the outcome changing for Arizona. And if this recent shutout loss to the Rams wasn’t already a tough enough pill to swallow the Cardinals still have to prepare for the second meeting of the season between these two teams in Week 13.

Only time will tell when it comes to whether Arizona will be in the playoff hunt at all once that second meeting against Los Angeles comes around, but one thing is at least for certain, which is Sean McVay‘s squad may have the extra advantage with Palmer on the sidelines. With all due respect to Drew Stanton, the backup quarterback is nowhere close to being as effective as Palmer under center, and if the Rams’ defense continues to play as well as they have, he could be in serious trouble.

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Sure, it’s tough to jump this far ahead in the schedule when considering Los Angeles should be focused on their game against the New York Giants following the bye week, but this news surrounding Palmer does make that Week 13 meeting against Arizona a little more interesting. All of a sudden, the Rams may just have to worry about the Seattle Seahawks instead of the Cardinals as well when it comes to the race for the NFC West title.