Monday January 25th, 2016

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will miss the Pro Bowl in order to allow his dislocated right index finger to heal, reports the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers.

He will be replaced by Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota announced

Palmer, who threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles in his team’s 49–15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, made the announcement during locker room cleanout Monday.

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians insists the injury didn’t impact the 36-year-old signal caller’s performance in the playoffs.

“Watching him throw for the last two-and-a-half weeks, it really didn’t,” Arians said Monday.

Palmer, who is a Pro Bowl selection for the first time since 2006, passed for 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns this season.

• Scenes from Panthers’ NFC title game win over Cardinals

The NFC West champion Cardinals finished the 2015–16 season with a record of 14–4.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.