Carson Palmer's Long Road Back
Steelers defensive end Kimo Von Oelhoffen hit Carson Palmer on the quarterback's first pass during last season's AFC divisional playoff game in Cincinnati. Palmer managed to complete a 66-yard pass to Chris Henry on the play.
Palmer tore multiple ligaments in his left knee and was out for the rest of the game. Pittsburgh went on to defeat Cincinnati 31-17 en route to a Super Bowl championship.
Two days after being injured, Palmer underwent major surgery. The rehab process began almost immediately after the procedure as Palmer vowed to be back on the field in 2006.
Palmer's work ethic impressed his doctors and the Bengals. Every day the young quarterback pushed himself using innovative methods for rehabilitation to get ready to play.
Palmer was ready for the opening of Bengals training camp on July 29. He started off cautiously, but most people were surprised at how far he had come when he took the field.
Palmer led the Bengals' offense in an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 3. He started off slow but was back to his usual self by the end of the practice, showing total control of Cincy's offense.
Palmer made his preseason debut on Aug. 28 against the Packers. To the Bengals' great relief, he showed no hesitation to scramble or take a hit, and when he did get tackled, he got up quickly.
Looking as sharp as ever, Palmer completed 9 of 14 passes for 140 yards and threw three touchdowns in a preseason game against the Packers.