Carson Palmer returns, runs Cards' first-team offense


Carson Palmer is back on the field for the Arizona Cardinals.

The veteran quarterback joined his teammates on Monday for Phase 2 of Arizona's offseason conditioning program. Kyle Odegard of the team's official website noted that Palmer ran the offense and "zipped short, intermediate and deep throws" to a laundry list of targets.

It's the first on-field work for Palmer since the 35-year-old passer tore his left ACL in a November win over the St. Louis Rams.

"I'm so excited about OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, New Orleans coming here (to open the regular season), going to Chicago -- you start thinking of all these things," Palmer said. "I have to fight that. That's a hurdle for me, personally. I've got to fight that. It's one day at a time, one rep at a time. I'm not looking past anything."

Also back for the Cardinals: Backup arm Drew Stanton, who saw his first action since missing the final three games of 2014 with a knee injury.

Losing both passers short-circuited Arizona's playoff hopes, leaving the Cardinals to amass just 78 total yards in a rugged 27-16 wild-card loss to the Panthers. Palmer might not be full go for camp, but we fully expect him to start Week 1, kicking off Arizona's quest to win the NFC West.

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