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Breaking News: Sources Confirm Carson Palmer Has Torn ACL, MSU Grad Drew Stanton To Take Over

It was pretty clear to anyone who saw it that Carson Palmer’s knee injury was a serious one. Guys don’t usually crumple to the ground without getting touched and grab their knee unless something very bad has happened. Today coach Bruce Arians confirmed Palmer is done for the year and will have season ending surgery. Palmer is scheduled to undergo surgery in two weeks after the swelling in his knee subsides. He’s not expected to return until next June or July, Arians said.

Next week the Cardinals will host the Detroit Lions.

For now, the Cardinals have to convince themselves that they can be a Super Bowl contender with Michigan State grad Drew Stanton running the offense. Stanton has been very good going 2-1 in starts this season and leading a comeback win last sunday against the Rams. Stanton has been waiting to have his own team and now gets that chance. In the past, when Stanton came in he was always under the impression he was a “fill in” until the starting QB came back from injury.

Coach Arians has strong faith in Stanton. Last year before signing Palmer, when Arians was asked about finding a new QB for the team he said, “We already found one,” Arians said at the time. “We found one that I trust and feel very comfortable with. Whether we find another that we feel more comfortable with is yet to be seen. But I feel very comfortable with Drew as our starter and being able to go to the playoffs and win the championship.” A few weeks later, they signed Carson Palmer.

This is a deeply crappy turn of events for both Palmer and a Cardinals team that sports the best record in football. Palmer has already missed three games this year, including the team’s only loss, but in the games he has started, the 34-year-old has been solid. Palmer’s 2013 was a little rough, but this year he’s been exactly what the Cardinals hoped they were getting when they plucked him out of Oakland after the 2012 season: a steady, veteran quarterback who can protect the ball and also fling it deep every now and then.

The Cardinals were so pleased with Palmer’s performance that they signed him to a three-year, $50 million extension on Friday. Unfortunately for Palmer, the deal is only guaranteed through 2015, for $20.5 million. Depending on just how bad this injury is, Palmer may end up not even playing another game for the Cardinals. If he has to miss all next season rehabbing, the Cardinals are much more likely to cut him loose and eat the $20.5 million than go charging into 2016 with a 35-year-old quarterback who hasn’t played in a year.

Deadspin and Bleacher Report contributed to this report.

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