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Carson Palmer finally throws football, there is optimism for his return in Denver

Stanton's time might be over again.

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Christian Petersen

The Arizona Cardinals had practice on Tuesday and it was then that Carson Palmer threw a football for the first time in a while. There was one pass in the open part of practice the media could see, according to

"It's better. It's much, much better," Palmer said of his right shoulder.

Palmer had a nerve issue in his shoulder, making it so he couldn't throw the ball. He missed the last two games for the Cardinals, giving backup Drew Stanton the chance to start.

The team won both of those games.

The team is  on its bye week, and the hope is Palmer improves enough to be able to return to practice next week.

"He was tossing a ball today for the first time and we're hoping he can throw some tomorrow on the side, which would be a great sight for Monday," Arians said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez Tuesday evening. "Our fingers are crossed that we'll have him back Monday, at least at the worst Wednesday, full speed and ready to go."

He said he can't quite throw the ball the way he normally can, at least not yet.

"Not yet, but I'll get there shortly," he said.

While the Cardinals have done fine with Stanton, there is little doubt that Carson Palmer gives the team a better option at quarterback. To have a shot at upsetting the Broncos in Denver, Arizona will want as many options as possible.