Arizona Cardinals fans have not had much success over the years. Last season was only the ninth campaign during which the Cardinals made the playoffs, but yet again defeat ended their season.
Cardinals fans were dealt a crushing blow when the Carolina Panthers came to town in the postseason and devastated the NFC West team with a comfortable 27-16 victory. Despite the tragedy of defeat, there was still plenty to be happy about for Arizona after an impressive regular season saw them earn an 11-5 record.
But that record could have been so much better had star quarterback Carson Palmer not torn his ACL last November, something which ultimately derailed Arizona's season. Now however, Palmer is fit and already dominating in practice ahead of the new season, according to NFL.com.
"Carson Palmer is back on the field for the Arizona Cardinals. The veteran quarterback joined his teammates on Monday for Phase 2 of Arizona's offseason conditioning program. Kyle Odegard of the team's official website noted that Palmer ran the offense and "zipped short, intermediate and deep throws" to a laundry list of targets," NFL.com reported.
Not too eager
Palmer himself spoke out on Wednesday about how excited he is for the new season, but he knows he has to steady himself and take his recovery slowly and not peak too soon.
"I'm so excited about OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, New Orleans coming here (to open the regular season), going to Chicago -- you start thinking of all these things," Palmer explained.
"I have to fight that. That's a hurdle for me, personally. I've got to fight that. It's one day at a time, one rep at a time. I'm not looking past anything."
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