Who is More Likely To Bounce Back From Injury: Tom Brady or Carson Palmer?

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIFebruary 10, 2009

During the 2008 season the NFL lost two of the best quarterbacks in the game to injury. Tom Brady sustained a severe knee injury and Carson Palmer had a ligament and tendon partially torn from the bone in his elbow.

It will be interesting to see if either of these two outstanding quarterbacks will be able to bounce back from their injuries and have a successful 2009 season.

At this point in time there is still a lot of speculation regarding the health of Tom Brady's surgically-repaired knee. Some sources have indicated that he might need another operation to deal with the removal of scar tissue and other sources seem to indicate that he is right on schedule with his recovery.

Carson Palmer injured his elbow in the Bengals week three match up against the New York Giants. Palmer finished that game and attempted to make a comeback against the Dallas Cowboys in week five.

Given the fact that Palmer was having a very rough season as he began to play during 2008, that might lead many to believe that Tom Brady would have obviously been the hotter quarterback prior to injury.

Believe it or not, that might not be the case.

This is a look at both Tom Brady and Carson Palmer's final two games prior to their injuries.

Tom Brady: 51 of 81 for 475 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions

Carson Palmer: 50 of 78 for 503 yards; three touchdowns and one interception

Despite Palmer having a more productive final two games, I'd say that Brady is easily coming back to play for a much better team, but Palmer will probably have the easier time recovering from his injury.

All in all I would have to say that I predict both quarterbacks will make successful returns from their season-ending injuries. Although we will probably see Palmer back before we see Brady, I expect Brady to make more of an impact playing for the better team.