News broke that Carson Palmer will not be playing against the San Francisco 49ers, to the surprise of no one, but Bruce Arians had some other illuminating things to say to the media.
Here are some that caught my eye.
Arians on Carson Palmer's status moving forward: "He’s getting much better and he feels fine. Hopefully we’ll have him back next week."— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) October 5, 2016
All Arizona Cardinals fans nod in agreement.
Arians said Nkemdiche ankle is better but not likely to play vs. 49ers. Wrong gap = 50 yd run. Doesn’t trust the rookie yet.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) October 5, 2016
I mean, Arians always plays rookies though... Actually, he has always been hesitant to play young players early.
Cardinals also won't have DT Ed Stinson or TE Darren Fells, Arians said.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 5, 2016
Wait, so Stinson is out and Nkemdiche still cannot get any burn? Sometimes I just do not understand things.
Brittan Golden will return kicks on Thursday.— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) October 5, 2016
This makes sense. Ellington has been great (sarcasm) on kickoff returns, but really needs to be able to focus on backing up David Johnson.
Hopefully missing Palmer is a blessing in disguise and puts the running game at the forefront of the game plan.
Jimmie Ward and DeForest Buckner are OUT for TNF.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) October 5, 2016
Carson Palmer is OUT for Arizona.
The Arizona Cardinals won't be alone in missing key players as Buckner and Ward are two talented defenders the Arizona offense won't have to account for.
Last year's 32nd-ranked run defense: Philadelphia Eagles, 134.6— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) October 5, 2016
This year's 32nd-ranked run defense: San Francisco 49ers: 140.5
Oh yeah, run the football.