The Arizona Cardinals began Phase 3 of offseason workouts on Tuesday with OTAs. Quarterback Carson Palmer was out on the practice field, but he was held back by head coach Bruce Arians.
The only work Palmer did on the field was throw in 7-on-7 drills -- nothing with all 11 players on both sides of the ball.
When Arians spoke to the media following practice, he explained it was his decision.
"We might put him back out there in mini-camp in team drills," he said. "He could go right now, but it's me being cautious."
Palmer, as he said he would, lobbies for more time.
"12 plays isn't enough for me," he said to reporters. "I need more action out there."
He said he felt "rusty" and expected it would be that way. He also said it felt good "to be around human beings" on the field. Previous to the start of OTAs, the offense couldn't face the defense in practice. The coaches put bags, hurdles and trashcans on the field as obstacles instead of having bodies fly around.
But Palmer isn't fully cleared for everything yet and that won't happen for about another two months. That means training camp is really when his workload will increase.