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Bruce Arians on Carson Palmer: 'Don't jinx me, baby'

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Carson Palmer is almost a month ahead of schedule according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.

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He's just not ready to bask in those good vibes.

"Don't jinx me, baby," Arians said Thursday. "He's doing extremely well. He's at least three to four weeks ahead of schedule."

While four weeks ahead of schedule sounds good, we're not quite certain what that means. Palmer, who tore his ACL in Week 10 and underwent surgery in November, is still a question mark for the spring.

Arians admitted that he wasn't sure if Palmer would be active at all during voluntary workout sessions throughout the late winter and spring.

"He's done extremely well, he's working his tail off and he's ahead of schedule," Arians said. "He keeps talking about minicamp and we'll see how he progresses ... whether or not we'll let him do anything this spring."

Palmer, though, is likely among the upper echelon of quarterbacks who could miss the spring and still be effective in September. The offense isn't foreign anymore and the pieces will largely remain the same.

Just don't jinx Bruce Arians.

Some other bullet points from Arians' session:

» Arians says he expects cornerback Antonio Cromartie to test the open market, but that the Cardinals absolutely want him back.

» On suspended linebacker Daryl Washington: "I don't even think about him. He's not a part of our team until he's reinstated."

» On potential No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston: "I've known him since he was in ninth grade. He's a good kid."

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