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Arizona Cardinals training camp: Carson Palmer, starters to play 1st quarter vs Chargers

The starters' workload will increase some this weekend.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talked about what the plan is for Saturday's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, the team's second of four preseason exhibitions. Arians indicated the starters would go a little longer this weekend.

The plan is to play the starters for one quarter with Carson Palmer on the field. The backups, led by Drew Stanton will play the second quarter. The second half will be split between Logan Thomas and Phillip Sims at quarterback.

In the team's preseason opener, the starters only played one series on both sides of the ball. They were productive.

In the offense's only work, they went 80 yards in seven plays and scored a touchdown. Palmer was 4/4 for 77 yards, including a 57-yard pass play to Andre Ellington.

The starting defense was on the field for five plays and took the ball away from the Chiefs when Tyrann Mathieu intercepted a pass from Alex Smith, who felt pressure up the middle from Deone Bucannon.

Seeing the starters be able to start as well and sustain it would be really good news for the team. It would build more momentum leading up to a season of very high expectations for the Cardinals.