Thursday February 19th, 2015

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says quarterback Carson Palmer is “three-to-four weeks ahead of schedule” after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Arians, the NFL’s Coach of the Year in 2014, spoke to the media on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Palmer said that he would be ready for the team’s mini-camp later this spring. Palmer, 35, had surgery on his knee after getting hurt in a Week 10 game against the St. Louis Rams.

In November, Palmer signed a three-year contract extension with Arizona, worth $50 million.

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Palmer only played in six games last season, as he also missed three games because of nerve damage in his right shoulder. He won all six of the games in which he appeared in 2014, completing 63 percent of his throws with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.

The team lost five of the 10 games without him in the lineup but still finished 11-5, good for second place in the NFC West.

Arizona lost to the Carolina Panthers 27-16 in the NFC Wild Card round.

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